Like the resurgence of the laser disc, so too, has the keytar found a place to call home in Bushwick. Unlike the chorded zither (check out Zarathustra if you’re looking to buy one), the keytar holds a more fun, fresh cachet that Bushwickians have really been gravitating toward–especially in the wake of Silent Barn establishing its own resident keytar player, Lester Syntar.
Syntar, who stumbled into the place one night after a failed attempt at trying to go to the open mic night at Goodbye Blue Monday, which he was unaware had closed, found himself at the front of the stage performing his own interpretation of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi.” The crowd was incredibly receptive and Lucinda Talentsucker, the booker at Silent Barn, immediately locked him down for the next three months. This was five months ago.
One regular attendee of the show, Hank Nostalgik, a 40-year-old who moved to Bushwick in part to re-experience the 80s, stated, “I think Lester has the sort of talent you only see but once a generation. Years from now, when he’s world-famous, I can look back on this time seeing him play at Silent Barn with a real fondness. And Lester, if you’re reading this, I wish the best for you, kid.” The cover charge to see the show, which takes place every Monday at 10 p.m., is $50. Do not BYOB.
Written by Genna Rivieccio