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JAZZ, CLASSICAL MUSIC AND THE ARTS IN NEW YORK CITY

Neither Super nor Fine

“Welcome to Superfine!” exclaimed the eager-beaver waitress with the microphone. “Tonight we have Blood Bliss and her new band Nightcall here for the first time!”

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States, Hoobert Heever.

Superfine in Dumbo may be a fine drink destination late on a Saturday night if you’re in the neighborhood. They have random bands here, but as a venue it is suitable only for death metal. The roar of the yuppies and trendoids that greets customers as they enter is rivaled only by an indoor jet engine testing facility. Rush Limbaugh could have wandered naked among the tables handing out free Oxycontin while Paris Hilton shot up Roger Clemens in the ass with steroids onstage, and nobody would have paid the slightest attention.

We showed up to see Bliss Blood’s new project for the second time this week. Having anointed them the most exciting new band in town, it made sense to see if Nightcall could replicate the brilliance they showed at their previous show on Sunday. There was no way of knowing. Seated scarcely two feet from the stage, it was impossible to hear. The band seemed to be able to hear themselves to a certain extent, but when the loudest thing coming through the PA is amplified upright bass, you know something’s drastically wrong.

Which is too bad. Although the food is pricy, the waitstaff here is uncommonly nice – aside from the random server who appeared out of nowhere and stole an unfinished beer off our table. No doubt they’re used to people who order $12 cosmos and then don’t drink them.

June 15, 2007 - Posted by | concert, Live Events, Music, music, concert, New York City, Rant, review, Reviews, rock music | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. What a crap experience. If Rush Limbaugh had given you some oxycontin, it could only have made it better.

    Comment by D. Peace | June 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. Actually, this is a gay-run establishment that is very highly regarded by the musician crowd in Dumbo. It was there well before the rich moved in. It had excellent food and the management matches the hat for all musicians. The bluegrass brunch is excellent. It may not have the greatest sound system but it’s a decent place. Not some restaurant invented to suck up to the yuppies.

    Comment by A Superfine Regular | June 19, 2007 | Reply

  3. They seem well-intentioned: it’s clear to see that the waitstaff (other than that one beer thief) is really nice and the place prides itself in serving organic/free range food. Looks like something akin to what happened to the Hat or the Pink Pony over on the LES: nice neighborhood joint gets overrun with luxury condo trash.

    Comment by delarue | June 19, 2007 | Reply


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