You may have thought that the days of big band orchestras had gone the way of the dodo long ago, but, thankfully, Bushwick is here to bring the style back. Considering that everything has been literally and metaphorically played in this town, it’s only logical that a reversion to the once extremely popular big band genre would be dredged up again for the aural delight (get your mind out of the gutter) of Bushwickians.
So sought after is the music that local record stores like Heaven Street and Human Head have completely sold out of their entire stock of Desi Arnaz and Harry James vinyl. To meet the demand, Harvey Hyfy, the owner of Heaven Street, told The Burning Bush, “I’ve been recording the sound from old episodes of I Love Lucy on my stereo to make my own bootleg records to sell–at a fair price of course” (said “fair price” being 30 bucks a pop).
To further meet the Bushwickian desire for big band culture, bars like Bossa Nova have been setting up special nights for performers to show off their talents live. Even Brian Setzer and a handful of members from the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies made a cameo one night–though this was met with quite a bit of bottle throwing. Instead, Bushwickians prefer a big band sound with a lo-fi quality, which is why Hyfy’s bootlegs have been selling at such an immense rate. Even the fashions of this sect of Bushwickians has prompted a means for local boutiques to capitalize on the trend of poet shirts, jabots and overly tailored pants. Ronnie Disinterest, a cashier at Beacon and Mary’s Closet confirmed, “I’ve never seen more people want to look like Jerry Seinfeld in the pirate shirt episode. In fact, that’s usually how they’ll describe the shirt they want to me when they first walk in.” But we’re guessing the heyday of some of these businesses benefiting from the big band boon will soon come to a close, as no gold Bushwickian trend can stay.
Written by Genna Rivieccio