The Daily Shortlist June 9

Location: Lower East Side, NYC
Bands: Vision Festival
Show time: 7:30 PM; Through June 15
Venue: Abrons Arts Center
Food: San Loco
Drink: Max Fish
Miscellaneous: Sugar Sweet Sunshine

In it’s 14th year, the Vision Festival is one of the only remaining celebrations of avant-garde jazz in NYC and always has the top musicians performing as well as the young lions of the future. Tonight is the opening night and they start off with a bang, actually Billy Bang who opens the fest with his group Brass Bang and featured musicians also performing include Joseph Jarman, Amiri Baraka, and Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris Conducts A Chorus Of Poets and String Ensemble. Let’s face it, San Loco does not serve the greatest Mexican food ever. But it certainly isn’t bad. The prices are inexpensive, you can get a heaping amount of nachos for as little as $3.75, and telling by the heavy traffic, the place is doing just fine. What I like about Max Fish is that it’s a local bar for local artists. It’s walls play host monthly for art exhibitions, there’s a pool table in the back, and drinks aren’t pricey, like many new bars springing up in this neighborhood. For one of the best cupcakes in the city, Sugar Sweet Sunshine has 10 varieties, on top of cakes. Try the Sexy Red Velvet or the Bob, a yellow cupcake with chocolate almond buttercream.

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