This is What Music Lovers Should Be Doing With Their Evenings In Manhattan

Jenna Gladfelter

Some of the best things in life involve good music, beautiful skylines and a cold drink. Somehow music industry veteran Annie Ohayon - who's worked with big names like Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Lou Reed, and many others - combines all of these fabulous things in her music series at The Standard. 
 
Held in the Penthouse of this East Village hotel, Annie has handpicked a stellar lineup of talented artists from around the country and the world. (It should be noted that past performers include: Rodriguez, Lo-Fang, Arto Lindsay, Beau, Au Revoir Simone, Lulu Gainsbourg, Tegan & Sarah, Moby, Vicktor Taiwo, Elvis Perkins, and the Prettiots). 
 
After learning about the series, I looked into attending one of upcoming shows. I realized that this is another NYC best-kept secret: these events are open and free to those who RSVP! So last Thursday, I made my way over to The Standard to watch artist Domino Kirke. In the spirit of full disclosure, I had never heard of her before; but I love learning of new artists, so I did a little research beforehand. Domino is a Brooklyn-based musician who happens to have some family in the spotlight as well (Hint: Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley has the honor of being her husband but I'll let you read her bio for yourself here ). 
 
Guys, this really was a unique experience. Annie O somehow manages to keep the setting intimate, despite the beautiful wraparound balcony displaying the whole of the city. With two small bars on either end of the penthouse, it was beyond relaxing to grab a glass of wine and watch the sunset, and enjoy Domino's voice as I took it all in. 
 
Bottom line: I'd definitely recommend Annie O's music series. It's great for those searching for unique (and let's face it - free!) activities, as well as music lovers. But, even if you hate free events and music (who even are you?), the beautiful view of the city makes the trip to The Standard worth it. Check it out! 
 
Enjoy!

Jenna was born and raised in farm-country Pennsylvania. After attending college in Virginia and grad school in Maryland, she worked her way back up the East Coast to New York City. Her first job out of school was working with adults with developmental disabilities which she found to be incredibly rewarding.. Now she finds herself advocating for the rights of senior citizens in NYC.

Inspired by books penned by strong, comedic women such as Tina Fey, Carrie Fisher, and Jenny Lawson, she hopes to one day write a book herself. Among her family and friends, she's known for her Julie Andrews obsession, leaving umbrellas everywhere, and knowing useless pieces of trivia. In her spare time, she loves to try new restaurants, binge-watch Netflix, wander through botanical gardens, and eat insane amounts of popcorn.