Mike Davis

Photos from April 30 at St Cloud

Kita, Dandy, and Clara.

Kita, Dandy, and Clara.

It was chilly but so fun on the rooftop of the Knickerbocker Hotel, as we held our April party at St. Cloud. We danced to Mike Davis and the New Wonders, after a super dance lesson by Jeri and Neal. Our hostess Kita St Cyr kept everyone on their toes. Special thanks to our indefatigable DJ Mike Will Cut You Haar, who’s fingers didn’t fall off in the spring chill. We have MANY special guests stop by, including Miss Art Deco Dandy Dillinger, Dandy Wellington, Eden Atencio, the Art Deco Society of New York, Robin Wallace, and enough burlesque performers to start a festival. The party continued until 1:30 AM!

Big thanks to our sponsors, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur and Death’s Door Gin. We had wonderful service by the staff of St. Cloud, who treat us so well.

We don’t know when our next party will be, but it will be a super one. Thanks to all who came out.

Mike Davis and the New Wonders on the Roof at The Knick April 30

Mike Davis and the New Wonders

Mike Davis and the New Wonders

Wit’s End™ presents Mike Davis and the New Wonders at St. Cloud in the Knickerbocker Hotel, Saturday, April 30, 2016. The first Wit’s End party in 7 years to be held outdoors! Advance tickets onsale.

Dance to 1920s jazz, enjoy cocktails, and wear your best vintage fashions as we move the party outdoors under the stars! Tonight the band and party take over the outdoor roof and roof bar at St. Cloud!

Led by Mike Davis, one of the city’s most renowned coronet virtuosos, The New Wonders are the living embodiment of a 1920s jazz band. This quintet brings the Prohibition era alive with a horn and woodwinds display of historic proportions. Inspired by the popular music of the Roaring Twenties, Mike Davis and the New Wonders perform at speakeasies all over the region. Tonight see them in a rare appearance outdoors under the stars on the roof the landmark Knickerbocker Hotel.

Tonight everyone’s favorite showgirl—and the party’s hostess—Kita St Cyr returns to our party to bring her million-dollar smile to Times Square.

We are hosting a special tribute tonight to the RMS Titanic on the 104th anniversary of the sinking. In addition to the ice cubes in our cocktails, we’ll raise our glasses to the man who built the Knickerbocker Hotel in 1906, the legendary John Jacob Astor IV, who lost his life in the disaster at sea. We’ll have special guests and surprises tied to the White Star Line.

Also on the bill tonight is DJ Mike Will Cut You, New York’s vintage music DJ who plays classic sounds from 80-year old recordings. He is the host of “Ragged But Right” on WFMU Radio and performs at the Jazz Age Lawn Party. The co-sponsor of the party is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Early Bird (through April 10): $15
Advance Tickets: $20
Tickets available at the door unless sold-out: $20
Eleven O’Clock Frolic (entry 11pm): $15
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About the Wit’s End Party:

Doors open at 8:00 pm. At 9:00 pm is a free dance lesson, taught by professional instructors Jeri Lynn Astra and Neal Groothuis. Learn classic steps such as Balboa and Lindy Hop that will be useful once the live music begins. The band begins at 10:00 pm.

Wit’s End serves cocktails made with fresh ingredients and premium spirits following the classic cocktail recipes of the Prohibition Era. St. Cloud will present a classic cocktail menu to transport you back to the speakeasy era, when guests such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Florenz Ziegfeld were on the premises. Table service is available and reservations are highly recommended. After you buy tickets, email Wit’s End to reserve a table at St. Cloud (minimum: $150).

About the Wit’s End Pre-Party Dinner:

The pre-party dinner is served at Charlie Palmer at The Knick, on the 4th floor. The pre-fixe dinner menu is $45 for a delicious three-course meal. Wit’s End will have tables reserved beginning at 6:00 pm. (Cost of dinner is separate from the party admission). After you buy tickets, call 212-204-4983 to make a dinner reservation (singles are welcome).

The Wit’s End Dress Code:

Vintage and vintage-inspired clothing is recommended. Gentlemen must wear coat and tie. Not permitted: Denim, tennis shoes, flip-flops, T-shirts, shirts with graphics, tank tops, baseball caps.

Super Turnout for Annual Vintage Train Ride

The MTA did not disappoint this year, and neither did fans of vintage clothes and old trains. We had a super turnout at the Vintage Holiday Train Ride. The MTA rolled out their classic subway cars, and hundreds turned out in their vintage best. We met on the Second Avenue platform for another super event.

Among the bands we saw, which have played at Wit’s End parties in the past, were the Grand Street Stompers, Glenn Crytzer and the Pegu Club All-Stars, and Myriam Phiro. Some of the fantastic musicians that made the scene that have been part of many Wit’s End nights were Gordon Au, Mike Davis, and Nick Russo. A tip of the cap to the organizers and band-wrangler, Amy Winn.

Photos by Don Spiro.

Mike Davis and his Chicago Loopers to Perform April 25

Mike Davis

Mike Davis

Saturday, April 25, come to Wit’s End™ for April Showers! Drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the Jazz Age with live period jazz provided by Mike Davis and his Chicago Loopers.

Also on the bill is WFMU Radio Host, Michael W. Haar, playing select tracks from his collection of rare vintage songs. Our hostess is the lovely Dandy Dillinger.

Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.



Come in your finest jazz age or vintage inspired attire to drink specialty cocktails and dance to jazz age songs in an authentic 1920s speakeasy (Texas Guinan’s Club Intime, now at the historic Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street at Broadway)!

Dress code: Jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired, Jazz Age, evening wear, cocktail attire is encouraged!

7:00 PM: Doors
8:30 PM: Free dance lesson with Jeri Lynn Astra Turner-Barnes and Neal Groothuis!

Tickets: $15 at the door (cash or credit cards)
Advance tickets on sale via Brown Paper Tickets.

Table reservations are available and encouraged; telephone Flute Midtown reservation line at 212.265.5169 to reserve a table.

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