The mood is vibrant yet a settle somber fills the air. Every Sunday night at 30 West 4th Street, singers in the greater NYC area gather to share the universal language of music. Accompanied by a live band, distant background singers, and legendary host Ron Grant, performer’s cover their favorite songs by mainstream artists while others premier their original work. However, this isn't your ordinary night at The Village Underground. With the recent tragedies of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, many are mourning while others find creative ways of seeking peace.
The night wasn't initially in memory of the victims, but the atmosphere took a dramatic shift as one performer sang beautiful renditions of "I Look to You" and "I Will Always Love You" by the late Whitney Houston. By the end of his ballad melody, the room was nearly silent as many wiped their tears and consoled one another in remembrance of the 26 victims. Another performer, Eddie Sands from Cleveland, Ohio shed a few tears before his set. Shortly before he performed, he asked the audience "What's going on in the world? Those poor babies never had a chance at life. Keep the ones you love close and tell them you love them every day."
Although the night was somber, there were quite a few memorable, uplifting, and hilarious moments. Performer Kosh, a native of Japan, sang a serenading rendition of the hit 90's song "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men. Women squealed as he sang the first note and were screaming by the second verse while he serenaded an unexpected audience member.
The tradition continues every Sunday night at 10pm. Cover charge is only $15. The Village Underground was founded by Ron Grant over five years ago and is still going strong as it maintains its legendary legacy. It grants local artists the opportunity to share the gift of song with a warm and welcoming audience.