Alex Wong & Vienna Teng present
A Benefit for Caffe Vivaldi
Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 **sold out**
Sunday, 15 Feb 2009 **sold out**
Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009
We've added a THIRD show on February 25! Click on the button below to purchase tickets.
Thursday and Sunday's shows were great fun...good people, delicious food, lots of instruments squeezed onto a tiny stage area, conversations by the fireplace that ran late into the night—exactly what Vivaldi's been about all these years. We're looking forward to one more memorable evening. Hope you can join us!
dinner @ 7:00 PM
WHY A BENEFIT?
Caffe Vivaldi is a West Village institution that's existed on the same quiet street for nearly 25 years. It's been featured in many TV shows and movies, including Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. The owner, Ishrat Ansari, has been a steadfast supporter of new musical talent—he gave many now-successful artists some of their first gigs in New York, simply because he believed in the quality of their music, and gave them a place to be heard when no one else would book them. When Alex arrived in the city six years ago, Vivaldi was one of the first places he got to play.
Now, for the first time in 25 years, Caffe Vivaldi is in great danger of losing its lease. Ishrat faces the perfect storm of a recent theft, a general recession, and a steep rise in monthly rent. Though the cafe itself is flourishing and the music calendar is as packed as ever, Caffe Vivaldi needs to come up with a lot of money, right now, or it will close.
100% of ticket proceeds from this event will go directly to help the cafe.
We hope you'll join us for an evening of new music, good food, giving back to an institution that has nurtured artists and musicians for nearly a generation.
See you there!