History will be made at 9pm tonight at the Luna Lounge, as the world's greatest living songwriter, Louis Schefano (www.lou-is.com), will be gracing that club's stage for the very last time. There is no cover charge. There is only transcendent, beautiful music. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
Then, after that, venture around the corner to the Mercury Lounge to see Lansing-Dreiden at 11pm. I can't vouch for the music, but I can vouch for Jay, which is good enough for me (which, in turn, should be good enough for you).
On a side note (sort of), the first time I saw a line waiting to get into the newly opened Piano's however many years(???) back, I said farewell to the Lower East Side that I had come to know and love. And now, with the closing of Luna Lounge and Tonic and the opening of establishments like Schiller's, that moment in time has officially died. Just another reminder that it's time to grow up and move on.
But I'm not saddened by this understanding, for I have my memories (albeit, very, very, very blurry memories) to help me keep that phase of my life alive for many years to come. Not to mention the Walkmen's "Bows + Arrows," which brilliantly captures that sad, bittersweet, nostalgic feeling better than I could ever hope to.