Last Thursday, an intimate audience of roughly 80 people gathered to see musicians perform in a cavern below Crown Heights. Called Crown Finish Caves, the century-old chambers are used to age 28,000 pounds of cheese that are revered by the city’s chefs and cheesemongers, as Meredith Craig de Pietro reported in a story about the history of this “underground” business.
One cavern sits empty, though, aside from the bi-monthly performances it hosts by folk, blues, and Americana musicians as part of CFC’s Cave Music series. Tickets sell out in about a minute, as last week’s show did, featuring folk guitarist and songwriter Jefferson Hamer and singer Eva Salina and accordion player Peter Stan.
The wait list was 492 people long. Photographer Regina Mogilevskaya was in attendance and described the atmosphere 30-feet below ground as, understandably, chilly (most kept their jackets on throughout the show). Regardless of the temperature, “The vibe was cozy, and the music was really great, as were the acoustics,” she said. Take a glimpse at her photographs from the last concert then sign up for the mailing list and mark your calendar to get tickets to the next performance on March 21, which goes on sale on February 25 at noon. BB contributor Queen Esther, a jazz and Black Americana vocalist, is on the bill with banjo-player and singer Taylor Ashton.