Every so often for the past few years, Charlene McPherson and Mo Goldner step out of their amazing hard rocking band, Spanking Charlene, and play a low key acoustic set. They call themselves The Sad Bastards of Brooklyn. An SBB show is not just any set of music, but a set of some of the saddest songs that Charlene and Mo know.
Not that long ago, under the watchful eye of producer Eric “Roscoe” Ambel, Charlene and Mo recorded 12 songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Jackson Brown, Johnny Thunders and Alex Chilton. Don’t think that Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume One is a downer, because it definitely is not. What it is, in fact, is mesmerizing. Charlene has an amazing voice, which she gets to show off, and Mo’s guitar provides the perfect accompaniment to it.
Tonight you can get to see the magic happen live. And if that is not enough reason to be at The Sidewalk Cafe, you should know that Sad Bastards of Brooklyn Volume Two is now in the works. We might get a bit of a preview of it tonight too.
Sad Bastards of Brooklyn, Sidewalk Cafe, 94 Avenue A at 6th Street (Any Train to 14th Street, L Train to 1st Avenue, F Train to Delancey Street or J or M Trains to Essex Street, then transfer to M14A Bus to 6th Street) 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the band is highly recommended)