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December 16, 2011

Okay tonight repeats a night in history on the 365 Bar Crawl! On May 8th, I went to the 118th bar of the 365 journey. The bar was the Lakeside Lounge in the East Village and my friend Chris Erikson was playing there with his band, Chris Erikson & The Wayward Puritans. Chris was one of the first editors I worked with when I moved here way back in 1993. He was working at the Manhattan Spirit weekly paper and I was writing choice assignments for between $35 and $50 bucks a pop! Who says there’s no money in freelance writing? Anyway you can read the whole story over at that post here: Saturday, May 8, 2010.

Time has moved on and Chris is now employed at the New York Post and I’m working my night shit shift job. But I’ve taken tonight off, because back by popular demand, Chris Erikson and The Wayward Puritans are playing live tonight at Lakeside Lounge! This is going to be like stepping back in time. Sherman set the Wayback Machine and awaaay we go!

As I posted yesterday, The Waverly Diner has reopened! I stopped in for a snack last night, but I had to have my favorite for dinner before the show...

The Waverly Melt on toasted rye bread and extra well done fries.

Delicious! Okay, on to the show!

Here we are, The Lakeside Lounge.

Tonight: Chris Erikson and The Wayward Puritans!

This is a great dark, New York bar.

Leslie the friendly and pretty bartender serves up a bottle of Budweiser.

A shot of the bar from the opposite end.

Here's the band stage in the back room.

And here's Chris and the band setting up their gear.

The dueling guitars of Chris Erikson.

The set lists and key changes are out.

Ladies and gentlemen, please give it up for: Chris Erikson and The Wayward Puritans! From left: Chris Erikson—guitar, lead vocals, Jason Mercer—bass, backing vocals, Diego Voglino—drums and Jay Sherman Godfrey—guitar, backing vocals.

The songs are all Chris Erikson originals, great songs.

They have a CD coming out soon, stay tuned for details about that as it happens.

The only song that's not an original is a song by Chuck Berry's original piano player, Johnnie Johnson called, "Johnnie B. Bad." This is cool because both Chris and I have interviewed Johnnie Johnson.

I'm not the only one taking pictures in the crowd.

Here they are playing the encore song of the night.

Shows over, time for a drink! A great show and I'm looking forward to the CD! Goodnight everybody and see you tomorrow after dark.

Lakeside Lounge
162 Ave. B (Near 10th St.)

Further Reading: New York Magazine, Chris Erikson & The Wayward Puritans on MySpace and For Pete’s Sake.


(Surprise link, click on it...I dare you!)

Reader Comments (13)

People who say Puritans can't play music don't know beans.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Y'all better start commenting or I'll continue posting inane Puritan jokes from my shining city upon a hill.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

"The songs are all Chris Erikson originals, great songs." ...hey Marty, I don't mean to alarm you, but the amp up in the left hand corner of the photo looks like it might be a reletive of...... CBBM! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

Awesome dark bar, Leslie is very pretty girl,,,,,,,Johnnie video is very good,,,your friend and band look like they put on a good show for the people. Waverly patty melt is thick,,,with vanilla milk shake,,,good for stomach before going out to drink. I think I went from bottom to up on this today,,,,sorry

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@csp: Ha! Thanks for the threat! It drew Jaws and Al out, we'll see who else shows up!

@Jaws: He's following me...aaahhhhh!

@Al: It was a great show and good to see Chris and the band again. Bottoms up to you!

December 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

@MAD: Someone had to buckle up the untied shoes.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

@csp: Looks like everyone else is out shopping. I wonder what their all getting for me, I hope it's cash!

December 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

@MAD: Phil Rizzuto taught me that if you plant a money tree, cash Mayflower. Holy cow!

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Hindu carol: "Silent Cow, Holy Cow."

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercsp

Nice stop ! .... this is one of the places, still on my radar, that I wanted to check out last weekend in the East Village. There's always a next time !

Besides Yogi .... Phil Rizzuto "The Scooter" - was one of my Yankee heroes !

Phil $

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGENE

@csp: Only in Moo York, kids, only in Moo York.

@GENE: It's a great bar, next visit for sure!

December 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

hey wasn't out shppin'...my life sorta depends on what bus comes alomg...one ride let's me off w/ no less than six gin mills 'tween the stop and "the residence" another dependiin' how i walk no less than three and the other 153 steps to the back door (no gin mills involved)...'cause 'tis the season i tend to take the longer route...boy am i off topic...glad to see MAD had a good night off...a signature meal an old "mate" and sum" great tunes...yeah and a couple "buds"...

"Well I'm wasted and I can't find my way home"
~Blind Faith (Stevie Winwood)


December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

@rr: I think I'd stick to the six gin mill trip, but that's just me! It was a good night out, that's for sure! Love that Blind Faith quote and song!

December 16, 2011 | Registered CommenterMarty After Dark

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