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Musicians Organize 11-Day Benefit to Keep New York’s 55 Bar in Business

Chris Potter, Mike Stern, Antonio Sánchez, David Binney, and Nate Smith are among the players taking part

Chris Potter at the 55 Ba
Chris Potter performing at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village’s much-beloved 55 Bar is among the many New York jazz venues whose continued existence is in danger from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this case, however, the bar’s regular cast of musicians is not taking it lying down. Instead, they have organized an 11-day benefit event that runs from September 22 to October 2.

The fundraiser comprises 11 nights of concerts to be held at the 55 Bar—and streaming each night on YouTube.

Performances happen each night at 9:30 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the 102-year-old basement bar on Christopher Street, which faces a mountain of debt amassed over the 14 months that it was shuttered due to the lockdown. For those who are unable to attend performances either in-person or online, there is also a GoFundMe for the 55 Bar.

The complete schedule for the benefit is below. Visit 55bar.com for more information.

Wednesday, September 22 – Nir Felder
Thursday, September 23 – Chris Potter
Friday, September 24 – Hipster Assassins
Saturday, September 25 – Tangiers Blues Band
Sunday, September 26 – Dan Weiss & Ari Hoenig
Monday, September 27 – Mike Stern
Tuesday, September 28 – David Binney
Wednesday, September 29 – Adam Rogers DICE (with Fima Ephron & Nate Smith)
Thursday, September 30 – Rudder (with Keith Carlock, Henry Hey, Chris Cheek & Tim Lefebvre)
Friday, October 1 – Antonio Sánchez, Miguel Zenón, Donny McCaslin & Scott Colley
Saturday, October 2 – Oz Noy

Ben Monder/Tony Malaby/Tom Rainey: Live at the 55 Bar