The Bushwick Book Club brings a program of music inspired by books to the Tivoli Library, featuring Lusterlit, Jessie Kilguss, and Don Rauf.
Founded in Brooklyn in 2009 by singer-songwriter, Susan Hwang, the Bushwick Book Club is a unique literary/musical event that employs the talents of local songwriters and artists who plumb the depths of a chosen literary gem to create that rare and beautiful thing – a new song (or visual art, dance, film or snack). All songs are then performed at a live show. The Bushwick Book Club now has several branches all over the world, including Portland, LA, Seattle, Malmo, Sweden, Santa Barbara and New Orleans. The Bushwick Book Club Podcast was launched last year.
The artists will bring a program of songs about books including songs about the works of Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Austen, Cormac McCarthy, Roald Dahl, Julia Child and others.
Free. All Ages. Happens on the Third Floor.
Lusterlit is the musical duo of Bushwick Book Club founder, Susan Hwang, and Bushwick Book Club contributor and music producer, Charlie Nieland. They perform their songs about books, alternating lead vocals and harmonies while accompanying each other on guitar, bass, accordion and traditional Korean drum (jang gu).
Jessie Kilguss is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and just released her 4th album, The Fastness, in June 2018. In 2015, she sang harmony and played the harmonium with Freddie Stevenson, opening for the Waterboys on the European leg of their Modern Blues tour. Also in 2015, she played a featured show at the Sundance Film Festival. Kilguss is a former actress who made the switch to songwriting after performing with one of her musical heroes, Marianne Faithfull, in London and Sydney in a musical written by Tom Waits and William Burroughs, directed by Robert Wilson. She also acted in the film adaptation of The Crucible, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder. She’s a frequent contributor to the Bushwick Book Club, with many book-inspired songs in her repertoire.
Don Rauf is the leader of NYC band Life in a Blender and a Poughkeepsie native. He wrote the underground local hit "Poughkeepsie, City of Sin." Life in a Blender's most recent album is Happy Enough and includes songs based on Vonnegut's Bluebeard, Man Without a County and the poetry of Emily Perez.
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