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NYC Roots

Blues History

Feel it in every corner of the city!

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Where To Go

Live Clubs

See top Blues artists performing today!

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Tourism

Things to see and do in the Big Apple!

Blues all around You

Those Harlem Blues

New York’s heart has long beat with African American music and dance. From Blues house parties, hot Jazz clubs, to Hip Hop pioneers laying down fresh tracks.

In 1920s Harlem, “133rd Street was called Jungle Alley, because there were so many nightclubs on it.” Today you’ll find clubs everywhere from historic Bleecker Street to the bright lights of Times Square.

And sometimes, you don’t even need to go that far — just take a step outside:

Blues Today

Dancing thrives in the Big City

The dance community in NY has remained a vibrant one, filled with passionate people stepping up to help out and grow the scene.

Especially in the past decade, there has been a resurgence of events, such as:

Gotham City Blues throws a Wednesday shindig for dancers

Friday Night Blues brings in the weekend with style and rotating teachers & DJs

Curious about Blues classes? You Should Be Dancing is on Mondays while Brooklyn Swings Blues classes are Tuesdays

For Blues-adjacent dances, you can jack into Fusion Dance NYC every 3rd Sunday or multiple Swing dances every day of the week

After 10 years, BABBLE (Big Apple Balboa, Blues and Lindy Exchange) wraps up a decade of promoting Blues and other dances we love

After 5 years, a certain other annual Blues Festival hung up its spurs and specifically invited MezzJelly to carry the torch forward with an all-Blues culture, history & future sharing event

We could make this page huge! This is just a taste of why NYC is a hot-spot for Blues music and dancers, and why we’re so stoked to be showing it off with one of the biggest, baddest, most memorable weekends we think we’ve ever offered!

Blues Clubs

Just *SOME* of the many spots

ARTHUR’S TAVERN
57 Grove Street, New York NY 10014

Entertaining New York City since 1937 with the best of live jazz and blues music. Arthur’s Tavern is an internationally recognized nightclub located for more than 60 years in a designated historic building in the heart of New York City’s exciting West Village. Arthur’s hosts outstanding live jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and Dixieland jazz music every night of the week There is never a cover charge for live music at Arthur’s Tavern. Called the “Home of the Bird,” this historic West Village entertainment nightclub is the last continuously operating New York City jazz club once regular host to the legendary Charlie Parker and the great Roy Hargrove.

BB KINGS
237 West 42nd Street, New York NY 10036 (right in the heart of Times Square!)

Need we say more?

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, New York NY 10014

In May 1977 three artists stumbled across a tiny storefront in the heart of Greenwich Village and thought it the perfect place to open a café. For two months they scraped and sanded, plumbed and plastered, and did the intricate dance one does with the authorities who live beyond the Village, and on the weekend of July 4, 1977, perpetually 201 years behind the US, they opened the Cornelia Street Café.

CUPPING ROOM CAFÉ
359 West Broadway, New York NY 10013 (btwn Broome St and Grand St – center of SoHo)

One of the oldest & more classic restaurant in Soho, with exposed brick walls, high tine ceiling & pot-belly stove. Live music Wednesday through Saturday

SUGAR BAR
254 West 72nd Street. NY, NY 10023

The Sugar Bar offers an intimate and elegant ambiance, with the feel of an old country village, on the trendy upper west side of Manhattan.

TERRA BLUES
149 Bleecker St, New York NY 10012 (btwn Thompson St and Laguardia Place)

Terra Blues is a modern-day blues saloon on the second floor overlooking Bleeker Street in the heart of Greenwich Village. For 21 years, its arched ceiling has carried the sound of some of the best blues guitar players and singers from NY and around the country.