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Bushwick Book Club  

Date City Venue Country
10/25/22 New York, NY Bowery Poetry Club United States
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 308 Bowery. Venue phone: (347) 898-7228. Bushwick Book Club draws inspiration from the written word to generate new art in all forms of media. This evening, come witness how Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s stories of outrunning white supremacy, multilayered identity, and the search for basic humanity in the face of environmental and political upheaval will challenge and inspire the creativity of New York’s most audacious and multifaceted literary songwriters and artists. The live show will feature performances of new original songs and collaborations from BBC founder Susan Hwang, spiritchild, Beth Bliss, Chris Bardales, Gene Downing, Lianne Smith, J. Granelli, Julian Kytasty, Anni Rossi, Charlie Nieland and Teresa Toro, as well as performance/culinary/conceptual art from chef Sung Uni Lee and Risa Mickenberg and a dance performance by Stephanie Larriere. Author Jocelyn Nicole Johnson will give a reading before the performances. The evening is hosted by Susan Hwang and author and editor Jaimee Garbacik (Gender and Sexuality For Beginners; Ghosts of Seattle Past, ed.).
09/25/22 - 10/02/22 Indianapolis, IN Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library United States
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 543 Indiana Ave. Venue phone: (317) 423-0391. This year, for the first time ever, Bushwick Book Club is the BAND for BANNED Books Week! Five Bushwick Book Club musicians/songwriters from around the world will be living in the museum from September 25th to October 1st, embarking on the Anti-Censorship Experiment of writing and performing an original ALBUM OF VONNEGUT- (and other banned authors) INSPIRED SONGS! Songwriter/musician/performers Susan Hwang, Charlie Nieland, spiritchild, Patricia Santos and Thomas Teller (Malmö) are participating in this first time Anti-Censorship Experiment! 5 Brave Musicians 1 Vivacious Anti-Censorship Experiment 1 Week Related post. More information
08/15/22 New York, NY Bowery Poetry Club United States
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 308 Bowery. Venue phone: (347) 898-7228. Bushwick Book Club presents an evening of new music, art & performance in response to five stories on the theme of FIRE, previously published in the Evergreen Review @evergreenreview. The night includes author readings and is hosted by Bowery Poetry Club’s Bob Holman! “Fire Escape” by Yoojin Na IG: @yoojna) “The Great Fire of London,” by Chimene Suleyman IG: @c.c_bloom “The Traveling Sausage: Parts I and II” by Corrie Clements IG: @c.c_bloom “Werewolves of Lockdown,” by Patrick Hipp IG: @thehipp “In Parentheses” by Minerva Martinez IF: @writerslens New music and performance by: Ellia Bisker – IG: @sweetsoubrette @charmingdisaster. Anthony Coleman IG: @anthony.coleman.338 Katy Cruel – IG: @_katycruel Susan Hwang – IG: @soozee3 Sung Uni Lee – IG: @13moonsfood Charlie Nieland – IG: @charlienieland. Patricia Santos – IG: @cellopatramusic Lianne Smith – IG: @liannecsmith. spiritchild – IG: @xspiritmental Chris Tanner – IG: @christannerart Bill Tipper- IG: @sargassospeaks More information
06/04/22 New York, NY Caveat United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: 20. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (212) 228 – 2100. Address: 21 A Clinton St.. Venue phone: (212) 228 – 2100. Bushwick Book Club celebrates the work of East Village playwright, poet and performer EDGAR OLIVER. NYC musicians, filmmakers, artists, chefs and choreographers draw from the body of Edgar’s work as inspiration for new work of their own. *Enjoy performances of brand new work from downtown and Brooklyn favorites along with readings from the author himself.* *Fellow East Village theater and performance legend, PENNY ARCADE hosts this incredible night of new art inspired by the written word.* PERFORMING: Penny Arcade (hosting) Adira Amram Ralph Denzer Bob Holman Rachelle Garniez Susan Hwang Charlie Nieland Don Rauf Lianne Smith Jason Trachtenburg Related post. More information
02/16/22 NEW YORK, NY The Bureau of General Services Queer Division United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 208 W 13th St #210. Venue phone: (646) 457-0859. Our first show of 2022 is our beautiful 13th anniversary, and we’re happy to celebrate with our friends at The Bureau of General Services Queer Division located in the LGBTQ Center on 13th St. in Manhattan. Our guest author is Hugh Ryan and his captivating read, WHEN BROOKLYN WAS QUEER. Join us for an author reading plus performances from luminous NYC talent as Penny Arcade, St. Lenox, Joe McGinty, Jim Andralis, Susan Hwang, Charlie Nieland, Julie Lamendola, Peter Dizozza, Risa Mickenberg, Ray Brown, Stephanie Larriere, Tory Ogilvie and others!
12/15/21 NEW YORK, NY Ukrainian National Home United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 140 2nd Ave.. Venue phone: 19177477502. It’s the end. It’s the beginning. Perhaps they’re joined at the hip à la Hindrance and Perfidia. Join us December 15th at the historic (and delicious) Ukrainian National Home (New Order played there!) for our final show of 2021 and our first BBC fundraiser. The featured literary work is by the multi-talented, multi-dimensional illustrator, animator, performer, banjo player, mermaid, witch, pirate, author Dame Darcy. She will of course perform, along with songs and performances from: Beth Bliss Charming Disaster Sea Griffin Susan Hwang Serena Jost Sung Uni Lee Dan Machlin Risa Mickenberg Charlie Nieland Henry Tenney Jason Trachtenburg *Short film by Lisa Barnstone* Bring your Dame Darcy books and parafernalia, and get them autographed at the show! Dame Darcy original tarot and books will be on sale to meet your holiday gifting needs. Glad you like book-inspired times. Hope you like vareniki. Related post. More information
12/08/21 NEW YORK, NY Shevchenko Scientific Society United States
Time: 7:30pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 63 4th Ave.. Venue phone: 19177477502. Ukrainian/American Poetry event curated by Oksana Lebedivna with music by Bushwick Book Club. Poets – Oksana Lebedivna, Olena Jennings, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Vasyl Makhno, Wanda Phipps, Virlana Tkacz Singers/songwriters – Carrie Beehan, Peter Dizozza, Susan Hwang, Kathryn Lewis, Jason Trachtenburg
02/13/21 Brooklyn, NY United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Our first live stream of 2021is for Kurt Vonnegut’s TIMEQUAKE on the anniversary of said Timequake (February 13, 2001). 12 different singer-songwriters present their new songs inspired by the book, plus we’ll have short films and dance performances. Special TIMEQUAKE cocktails from our official BBC mixologists. Join us in the artistic wake of Vonnegut tremors. More information
11/19/20 Brooklyn, NY United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Right in time for our November rituals around food and gratitude, we have THE WORLD EATS HERE by John Wang and Storm Garner – the cookbook with recipes from all over the world gathered from the vendors of the groundbreaking QUEENS NIGHT MARKET. We’re celebrating the book with the authors in attendance in the way we know best — new music, art and performance. Watch the live stream at and PERFORMING: Bernadette Grosjean with Chris Burrill Troy Ogilvie Alex Xin Sung Uni Lee Jessie Kilguss w/ Brett Farkas Charlie Nieland Susan Hwang w/ Marlon Cherry Steve Wruble Don Rauf Jetty Swart (Jet Black Pearl) Stephanie Larriere Jim Andralis Stacy Rock More information
09/24/20 Brooklyn, NY United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: DANCERS ON THE SHORE by William Melvin Kelley. This is the first of three live streamed shows in response to “Lost Giant of American Literature” and godfather of “woke” William Melvin Kelley’s book of short stories, DANCERS ON THE SHORE. Kelley’s daughter, artist Jesi Kelley, will be giving a reading and presenting her own art inspired by the book along with performances from 12 artists and musicians from NY, LA, London and Las Vegas. This kick-off event for DANCERS ON THE SHORE will feature performances by BBC Founder, Susan Hwang, spiritchild, Prince Akeem, Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit), Ray Brown, Troy Ogilvie w/ Sean Gannet, Teresa Toro, Sung Uni Lee, Stacy Rock (LA), Timothy Dark (Las Vegas), Amanda Thorpe (London) and Grace Solero (London). Future shows for DANCERS ON THE SHORE will also be live streamed by Bushwick Book Club London and Bushwick Book Club Los Angeles later in the year. Proceeds from the live stream show will be shared with arts education and revolutionary community building organization Urban Art Beat. Founded in Brooklyn in 2009, the Bushwick Book Club meets every month and 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 Malmö (Sweden), London, LA, Seattle, Maplewood (NJ), Greenville (SC) and New Orleans. Listen to The Bushwick Book Club Podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud. About DANCERS ON THE SHORE The first and only short story collection by William Melvin Kelley, author of A Different Drummer, and the source from which he drew inspiration for his subsequent novels. Originally published in 1964, this collection of sixteen stories includes three linked sets of stories about the Carey, Bedlow, and Dunford families. They represent the earliest work of William Melvin Kelley and provided a rich source of stories and characters who were to fill out his later novels. Spanning generations from the Deep South during Reconstruction to New York City in the 1960s, these insightful stories depict African American families—their struggles, their heartbreak, and their love. About the author: William Melvin Kelley was born in New York City in 1937 and attended the Fieldston School and Harvard. The author of four novels and a short story collection, he was a writer in residence at the State University of New York at Geneseo and taught at The New School and Sarah Lawrence College. He was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for lifetime achievement and the Dana Reed Prize for creative writing. He died in 2017. In 2014, Kelley was officially credited by the Oxford English Dictionary with coining the political term “woke” in a 1962 New York Times article entitled “If You’re Woke You Dig It.” Related post. More information
07/30/20 Brooklyn, NY United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Join me for Bushwick Book Club’s presentation of new music, art and snacks inspired by Jeff Vandermeer’s latest release, A PECULIAR PERIL. The author will be in attendance to answer questions and give a reading, plus livestreamed performances from BBC songwriters and artists from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Seattle and Dublin, Ireland. Performing: Susan Hwang, Ellia Bisker, Charlie Nieland, Don Rauf, Bill Tipper, Teresa Toro, Sung Uni Lee, Stacy Rock, Stephanie Larriere, Troy Ogilvie and Bob Gallagher. More information
05/30/20 Brooklyn, NY United States
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Live streamed from our Facebook Page ————————– Come join us for our second live stream event–brand new songs,film, snacks and art for Ann Lewinson’s STILL LIFE WITH MEREDITH. The author will be there to give a reading and energetically imprint/telepathically sign books. Post your questions to the author in the comments section, and it’ll be our first FB Q&A. “If Tom Robbins and Dostoyevsky had a art feminist historian baby who suckled esoterica from an ancient wet nurse sorceress, she’d probably sound a lot like the narrator of Still Life with Meredith. Part curio cabinet, part macabre romp, this is a story about spectacle, pleasure, friendship, and the body that gets all the way under the skin. Lewinson is an electric new voice whose prose cuts like a scalpel.”- Kristen Iskandrian, author of Motherest Yes it’s available on Amazon, but you can also get a paperback here: More information
04/08/17 Brooklyn Little Skips United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 941 Willoughby Ave.. It’s Bushwick Book Club time. The book if Negin Farsad’s HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH. She’ll be there to speak about the book and do some stand up. We’ll have songs inspired by the book! Dance inspired by the book! Snacks inspired by the book! Improv inspired by the book!
01/17/17 Brooklyn, New York Barbes United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 376 9th St.. Venue phone: (347) 422-0248. Presenting new songs, dance and hors d’oeuvres inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s A MAN WITHOUT A COUNTRY. Performances by JOHN S. HALL, TERRY RADIGAN, DON RAUF, SWEET SOUBRETTE, SUSAN HWANG, CHARLIE NIELAND, JESSIE KILGUSS, CASEY HOLFORD, RAY BROWN, THOMAS WOLFE, SWAN DRSTI. Songwriting nerdery at its best. Happy 2017.
12/17/16 Hoboken, NJ Issyra Gallery United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 300 Observer Highway. Venue phone: (917) 922-2690. This is our end of year celebration featuring songs about books we’ve created in 2016. Come and help celebrate another great year of creativity inspired by creativity.
Tour: Bushwick Book Club’s Lusterlit West Coast Tour
11/04/16 Portland, OR Cassidy’s Restaurant United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1331 SW Washington Street. Venue phone: (503) 223-0054. Bushwick Book Club presents new music inspired by ZINESTER’S GUIDE TO PORTLAND as an official LIT CRAWL Portland event kicking off the WORDSTOCK weekend! There will be new Zinester-inspired songs from Portland talents, RALPH CARNEY (Tom Waits, B-52s, Black Keys), MIKE DANNER, AMY FAUST (Mike & Amy in the Morning on 99.5 The Wolf, The Bushmills and The Mortifiers) JANET JULIAN, along with BBC Seattle contributor, DON RAUF (Life In A Blender). Bushwick Book Club founder, SUSAN HWANG will be there to host and perform with BBC New York contributor, CHARLIE NIELAND as their new lit-based duo, LUSTERLIT. It’s songs about books! Book-inspired times coming at you from all directions. Surrender. This is an official Portland LitCrawl event to kick off Wordstock Portland!
11/02/16 Seattle, WA Cafe Nordo United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 109 S. Main Street. Bushwick Book Club NYC meets Bushwick Book Club SEATTLE for a night of songs inspired by BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy. BBC founder, Susan Hwang (that’s me!) and BBC contributor and producer Charlie Nieland perform as LUSTERLIT. More information
10/14/16 Brooklyn, NY Hell Phone Booth United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 274 Varet St. (back of Ange Noir Cafe). Venue phone: 718 821 2459. I’m hosting and playing a song for Bushwick Book Club presents MONSTERS OF LITERATURE! WE have 9 other talented, brilliant and funny local songwriters and musicians performing their new songs. Any monster in a book is fair game. Ukrainian animator, Sashko Danylenko will be screening his animated piece inspired by a monster of Ukrainian folklore! It’s a book-inspired Halloween appetizer.

Bushwick Book Club OAKLAND  

Date City Venue Country
07/26/20 Oakland, CA United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Join me for Bushwick Book Club Oakland’s show inspired by Peter Wohlleben’s THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES. New songs and art from Oakland local musicians and creatives and me! More information

Jessie Kilguss  

Date City Venue Country
09/23/22 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $10. Address: 196 Allen St.. I’m singing a little back up for Jessie’s album release — “What Do Whales Dream About At Night”. Her songs are effortlessly beautiful and timeless, and she’s kinda a Celtic goddess of soulful folk-alt-pop songwriting! Related post. More information
09/23/22 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $10. Address: 196 Allen St.. Singing some harmonies for my friend Jessie Kilguss and the release of her new album, “What Do Whales Dream About At Night.” Her songs are effortlessly gorgeous and timeless, and she’s kinda a Celtic goddess of soulful folk-alt-pop songwriting! More information
09/23/22 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $10. Address: 196 Allen St.. Singing some harmonies for my friend Jessie Kilguss and the release of her new album, “What Do Whales Dream About At Night.” Her songs are effortlessly gorgeous and timeless, and she’s kinda a Celtic goddess of soulful folk-alt-pop songwriting! Related post. More information

Jim Andralis  

Date City Venue Country
08/11/22 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 196 Allen St.. Jim Andralis birthday show with special guests are Julie DeLano, Katy Hansz, Susan Hwang, Jessie Kilguss and Larry Krone. All proceeds going to The Yellowhammer Fund, an amazing reproductive justice organization in the deep South.
06/13/17 New York Joe’s Pub United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (212) 539-8500. Address: 425 Lafayette St.. Singing harmonies for Jim Andralis’ beautiful songs. So looking forward to this.


Date City Venue Country
11/13/20 New York Jeff Buckley Tribute Online United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Lusterlit (Charlie Nieland and Susan Hwang) with Marlon Cherry on percussion and backing vocals submitted a video piece for this year’s Jeff Buckley Tribute. Footage was shot by NYC filmmaker Rick Rodine. We’re happy to be in such talented company, celebrating Buckley’s life and work. The whole line up is great with over 60 artists from Australia, India, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Spain, and the UAE, UK, and USA, performing a marathon tribute to 31 of Jeff’s works (plus an encore)! GENERAL ADMISSION ($13): The livestream URL will be posted on concert day on the online event page accessible only after ticket purchase. The concert will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. EST/11:00 p.m. GMT. CONCERT ADMISSION, PLUS ENTRY TO VIP ROOM & VINYL LOTTERY ($35): This experience includes entry to a Zoom VIP meet and greet with Mary Guibert, who will mingle with ticketholders and answer your submitted questions as time allows (4:30 to 5:30 p.m. EST/9:30 to 10:30 p.m. GMT). Purchase of this ticket will also enter you into a lottery to win a vinyl record from the Jeff Buckley Music archives. Winners will be randomly selected during the VIP hour! Performing: Melody Angel – Chicago, Illinois, USA Nicky Barbato – Port Chester, New York, USA The Barnets – Camarillo, California, USA/Kilkenny, IRELAND Angela Bove – New Paltz, New York, USA BSKi & Friends – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NYC, USA Carvel – Brisbane, AUSTRALIA Mary Chin & Jia H. Jung – Boston, Massachusetts, USA Randy Coleman – Los Angeles, California, USA Curtis J – Brooklyn, NYC, USA Ingrid Elkner & Demetri Sampas – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA & Lexington, MA, USA Linda EPO w/ Matt Gilmartin&Seth Faulk – Brooklyn&Queens, NYC, USA FloodWaves – Long Island, NYC, USA Ernesto Hex – Brooklyn, NYC, USA Mike Horn – Long Island, NYC, USA Mischa Igor – Coffs Harbour, AUSTRALIA Jack Jaselli – Nidaba Theatre, Milano, ITALY Matty Jontiff & Friends – Valencia, SPAIN Jupiter – London, UK Mark Lesseraux & Thom Loubet – Long Island & Manhattan, NYC, USA Lusterlit – Brooklyn, NYC, USA Ruth McCavery – Belfast, NORTHERN IRELAND Mishti – Brooklyn, NYC, USA Nimit Nilesh (aka Dorian Days) – Gujarat, INDIA/Dubai, UAE Off Broadway – Lowell, Massachusetts, USA Opaline – Los Angeles, CA, USA Overthought – Pavullo Nel Frignano, ITALY Yuri Padashi – Turin, ITALY Remayn – Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham & Eastbourne, UK Aaron Shragge & Neel Murgai, Brooklyn Raga Massive White Bonsai – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA Alan Williams/Birdsong at Morning – Lowell, Massac Related post. More information
06/09/17 New York, NY American Folk Art Museum United States
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 2 Lincoln Square. Lusterlit plays a set at the American Folk Art Museum!
05/21/17 Brooklyn, NY Sunnyvale United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: 7-10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (347) 987-3971. Address: 1031 Grand St.. Venue phone: (347) 987-3971. Look, no one’s going to be turned down at the door. Whether you want to pay $1 or nothing or $30… It’s a sliding scale. The night isn’t called Easy Math for nothing. Basically, any math works. True Dreams, Automaatio, Lusterlit and Cat Tatt play… come and have a time with us.
04/12/17 Brooklyn, NY The Well United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (347) 338-3612. Address: 272 Meserole St.. Venue phone: (347) 338-3612. Lusterlit is me and Charlie Nieland playing our songs about books. We started this night called Easy Math. We’ve booked us with Automaatio and Catt Tat for this night of Easy Math! Come nd hear the music! More information
02/02/17 Brooklyn, NY Gold Sounds United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (718) 618-0686. Address: 44 Wilson Ave.. Venue phone: (718) 618-0686. It’s the Lusterlit EP release for LIST OF EQUIPMENT inspired by MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING by Julia Child, BLOOD MERIDIAN by Cormac McCarthy, THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE by Jonathan Lethem and THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS by John Wyndham. Playing with friends ENDLESS ARROWS (8pm), FRANK OLSON and the Olson Twins (10pm) and MIDNTROLL (11pm). LUSTERLIT plays the 9pm set. Song about books!!! More information
12/29/16 Brooklyn, New York Halyards United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Box office: (718) 532-8787. Address: 406 3rd Avenue @6th St.. Venue phone: (718) 532-8787. TERRY RADIGAN’S RADIGAN ROUND UP. Lusterlit VickiKristinaBarcelona – Terry Radigan, Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi Sasha Dobson
12/29/16 Brooklyn, NY Twelfth Street Bar and Grill United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1123 8th Avenue. Venue phone: 718-965-9526. Playing Terry Radigan’s songwriters series, THE RADIGAN ROUNDUP. She always curates a great night of interesting songwriters and musicians. We’re excited to be a part of this intersection of thoughtful music and songwriting. Related post.
12/28/16 New York, New York (NY) Sidewalk Cafe United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 94 Ave. A. Venue phone: 212) 473-7373. Playing a night curated by NAN TURNER! She’s on her Nan-cation, one of the most festive parts of the season. LUSTERLIT plays a set and also, I join Nan as one of her ONE NIGHT STANDS!!! ALSO, I’m playing in John S. Hall’s new band, SENSATION PLAY. Get down. Get merry.
11/28/16 Hoboken, NJ Issyra Gallery United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 300 Observer Highway. Venue phone: (917) 922-2690. Opening for Jim Andralis on the last night of his Monday night residency at this incredible, magical art space featuring the art of Issa Sow.
Tour: Bushwick Book Club’s Lusterlit West Coast Tour
11/11/16 Los Angeles Salt and Straw United States
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 829 East 3rd St.. Lusterlit screams for ice cream. And for books about ice cream.
11/10/16 Los Angeles, CA Alias Books United States
Time: 7:30pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1650 Sawtelle Blvd. The meeting of BBC NYC and BBC LA and BBC past and present, together creating a future with more literature-inspired music and art! With readings by Deenah Vollmer, Erin Mizrahi, Jolie Holland, Beau Rice, and songs performed by Lusterlit, Danydany and Stacy Rock of BBC.LA! Snacks provided, BYOB. More information
11/09/16 Los Angeles, CA Hyperion Tavern United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 1941 Hyperion Ave. Lusterlit’s first L.A. show! More information
11/07/16 Oakland, CA Oakland Secret United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 577 5th Street. Lusterlit plays a bill with Oakland friends! Mya Byrne, Yoko OK, Kai Stewart, Healthy Appetite (MIA PIXLEY) at Oakland.Secret! Funny thing about secrets… you want to tell everybody! More information
11/05/16 Seattle, WA Parliament Tavern United States
Time: 10:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 4210 SW Admiral Way. Lusterlit is playign with Don Rauf’s HOMEWRECKER SPOON and Kurt Einar Armbruster and Scott M. X. Turner! More Seattle good times!! More information
09/28/16 New York, NY HiFi United States
Time: 7:30pm. Box office: (212) 420-8392. Address: 196 Ave. A. Venue phone: (212) 420-8392. It’s the Lusterlit (me and Charlie Nieland) and Jessie Kilguss release show! We’re releasing our recordings of songs written for BUSHWICK BOOK CLUB! Special guest performances by Sweet Soubrette, Casey Holdford, Pearl Rhein and John S. Hall! We’re playing songs about books. For about 3 hours. Related post.

Susan Hwang  

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03/06/22 Brooklyn, New York Barbes United States
Time: 3:15pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 376 9th St.. Venue phone: (347) 422-0248. Ralph Denzer (trumpet🎺) / Susan Hwang (accordion🪗) w/ friends Endless Arrows 💘and Patricia Santos (cello🎻) Paul Speziale (guitar) Trumpet player and composer Ralph Denzer (Montreal) is joined by accordion player and singer songwriter Susan Hwang as they debut new compositions for trumpet and accordion by Ralph Denzer along with songs by Susan Hwang including ones in response to the poetry of Ukrainian writer, Serhiy Zhadan. They are joined by friends Endless Arrows (Julie Lamendola & Leslie Graves), guitarist Paul Speziale and singer songwriter/cellist Patricia Santos for your afternoon musical cheese plate 🧀, charcuterie board , meze platter 🧫, tapas 🫒, panchan. When you can’t decide, have them all––Side Dish 🧆🍛🍲 LIVE STREAMING at 3:15pm – Paul Speziale set 4pm Ralph Denzer and Susan Hwang w/ Paul Speziale and Brian Geltner (drums), *special guest Stephanie Larriere* 4:25 Patricia Santos 4:50pm Endless Arrows / / More information

Susan Hwang for COBRA MILK Reading and Music  

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07/29/20 los angeles, CA Cobra Milk on Zoom United States
Time: 7:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: tbd. Join us for an evening of music and readings on the zoom (link coming soon) Read more about our rad artists: EDIL AYAN Born in Mogadishu, raised in Toronto, and now lives in NYC, Edil Ayan writes about Somali girls and their relationship to shame Twitter: ayoedilay KYNDAL THOMAS Kyndal Thomas is a Texas-raised, Brooklyn-based poet. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Creative Writing program, a recipient of the Faricy Award for Poetry, and a Brooklyn Poets fellow. Her work has been published through Brooklyn Poets’ Poet of the Week feature and is forthcoming in Defunkt Magazine and Lunch Ticket’s Amuse-Bouche series. She works in the New York City literary non-profit sphere with a passion for inclusive and accessible creative spaces. IG: @kyn_marie JAMES YEH James Yeh is a writer, editor, and journalist. A founding editor of Gigantic and former culture editor at VICE, he is a features editor at The Believer. His fiction, nonfiction, and other literary work appear or are forthcoming in the New York Times, The Guardian, Tin House, Dissent, The Believer, NOON, Harper’s, BOMB, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn. JAE EASON Jae Eason is a poet from Long Island, New York. They studied English Literature at Arizona State University; while there, they won a Swarthout Award in Poetry. No longer fresh out of college, they work at a law firm and Brooklyn Poets. If they’re not up to all the normal things that people usually do, then they’re probably having an existential crisis. DEENAH VOLLMER Deenah Vollmer is a writer and performer with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University. Her writing has been featured in The New Yorker, Interview Magazine, N+1, The Believer, Guernica, Popula, and more. In 2012, she lived in Berlin on a Fulbright for Journalism, and in 2014, she toured the world with a band she co-founded called The Pizza Underground. She is an editor at Milq, studies the art of theatrical clowning, sings songs, and hosts a monthly event series called Nervous, where performers have to do something they’ve never done publicly before. A series of three poetry chapbooks are forthcoming from Isolationless Press in Summer 2020. STEVIE WEINSTEIN-FONER Stevie Weinstein-Foner is an artist & musician living in Los Angeles. He plays guitar and a few other instruments, sings and writes songs, and makes geometric map collages inspired by sacred geometry. VAL RIGODON Val Rigodon is a Brooklyn writer who has been published in The Ginger Collect, post ghost press, Deracine Magazine, Elephants Never, and Anti Heroin Chic. She is a 2019 Poets House Fellow and a member of Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers. One day she hopes to have a house by the sea. SUSAN HWANG Susan Hwang is the founder, producer and host of The Bushwick Book Club. She’s a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has toured internationally for music and theater. Her duo with songwriter/producer Charlie Nieland is called Lusterlit, and they refuse to play anything but songs about books. She plays accordions because they are pretty and lighter than pianos (barely). She plays drums because it’s healthy for a girl to hit things. More information

Susan Hwang w/ Marlon Cherry for 7MPR  

Date City Venue Country
01/23/21 New York Afghanistan
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. 7Midnights Physical Research is dedicated to the exploration of 7 social issues: Class, Education, Ability, Sexuality, Race, Age, Gender. Each of the Midnight series will cover two or more than three topics of these social issues through dance and music. Artists’ works will express one or more themes of the seven social issues aligning with their thinking of dance/music and society. We are all facing the special time of COVID-19 and the theme of 7MPR will be mainly focused on the current situation, therefore, 7MPR has been hosting “Virtual” midnight performances since 2020, and still going online in 2021. Meanwhile, we are planning to build a boarder view of dance, music, performing arts as an new idea about 7MPR International Dance & Music Program in order to reach out to more artists from different countries. Welcome to join our Fourth Midnight Virtual Performance-New Year Revolution on 1/23 Link opens @8pm Show starts @8:30pm Fourth Midnight MC: Lady JJ Join Fourth Midnight Virtual Performance via 7MPR Facebook LiveStream: Suggested Donation: $10-20 PayPal: PayPal.Me/7mpr Venmo: @Jiali-Wang-5 Please don’t be hesitant to join our Music &Dance and Discussion Party at the end of the show! Zoom link will be sent during the show for audiences who are interested in. Please check out the Chat Box by then! Meet 7MPR Fourth Midnight Artists: Susan Hwang Anabella Lenzu Sarah Lutzky Alison Cook-Beatty Julia Antinozzi Liana Kleinman Eugenia Pigassiou Sol Dugatkin Erika Keller Augie Sherman Sofia Forero Correa Teresa Fellion Aya Jane Saotome Tyler Cunningham Jonathan Colafrancesco Nicolas Fiery Contact us: More information

Susan Hwang w/ Marlon Cherry for Accordion Babes Accordion Fridays  

Date City Venue Country
12/04/20 New York United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: by donation. Age restrictions: No Minors. Join me and Marlon Cherry for some old fashioned time around the squeezebox. We’ll squeeze the weekend into being – just needs a little air. Who knows.. maybe we’ll get a special guest from the neighborhood like oh… say, Ray Brown? I’m putting it out into the universe. This is all under the umbrella of the incredible Accordion Babes Calendar community, and you can start your Accordion Friday from 2pm Eastern Time. Check out the event on the Accordion Babes Calendar page. You can also ORDER your 2021 Accordion Babes Calendar at ! More information
09/11/20 New York United States
Time: 4:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Playing a live streamed set of songs on accordion accompanied by percussionist, Marlon Cherry. Join us at or the Accordion Babes FB page! This is part of whole afternoon of performances from Accordion Babes’ international accordion community! Related post.

Yara Arts Group  

Date City Venue Country
08/19/22 - 08/20/22 CHATHAM, NY PS 21 Chatham United States
Time: 6:30pm. Admission: 20. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: 518.392.6121. Address: 2980 ROUTE 66. Venue phone: 518.392.6121. RADIO 477! is a new theatre piece based on the first jazz musical created in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1929, which had catchy songs, wild dances, a spectacular set and fabulous costumes. It captivated its audiences but did not endear itself to the Party bosses and was soon pulled from the repertoire. Like many of the artists, the text and music to the production were assumed to be lost during Stalinist purges. However, a few years ago, director Virlana Tkacz found the conductor’s score hidden in an archive. Serhiy Zhadan, lauded as one Ukraine’s best poets, who lives in Kharkiv, wrote a new text about the city today, based on the original structure of the show. New Yorker Anthony Coleman, a legendary avant-garde downtown pianist, created music for the show inspired by the original score by Yuliy Meitus. The project was conceived and directed by Virlana Tkacz, who heads Yara Arts Group. Last November they worked on the show in Kharkiv and were to perform it in March, but at the end of February, the Russians invaded Ukraine, changing history and the show forever. More information

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December 27th, 7:45pm

Sidewalk Cafe
68 Ave. A (@6th St.)
New York, NY

Can I just tell you that this night is happening, and it’s incredible.  It hasn’t even happened yet, and it’s incredible.  Leslie Graves is playing her set first at 7pm.  I’m backing her up on my Korean drum (Jang-gu) and vocals.  And Julie Delano too (vocals, bass).  Then, I’m playing a Relastics set with Leslie and Julie on vocals and dance moves, along with MARLON CHERRY and NAN TURNER guest drumming.  Come on.

THEN, Nan Turner performs around 8:30pm as Nan and the One Night Stands.  And guess who gets to be a one night stand?  Guess who gets to wear hot pants and dance like a mother?  Yep…

THEN, GOLD plays and shines in all her punk/rock/girl-band glory.  That’s Julie Delano’s incredible songwriting and bass playing with me and Leslie on harmonies and Christy Davis on drums.

There you go… that’s all I can say.  Things will happen.  Much of it will not be in our control.  It’s funner that way.

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