We celebrated the passing of another wonderful year with a members only party on the rooftop of HQ, featuring four spectacular performance based Meetup groups.
We kicked it off with the Brooklyn Accordion Club Meetup, who played their beautiful and intricate instruments (affectionately referred to as ‘squeezeboxes’) together as a quartet called Bachtopus. As the sun went down, two fantastic solo artists surprised us by performing their original works. Pictured above is Mary Spencer Knapp of Toot Sweet.
They were followed by the enormously talented singer songwriters of the NYC Guitar Meetup Group with Charlie Allenson (co-Organizer) and members John Traynor (pictured above), Jay Verkuilen, Steve Baker and Annie Haden.
Then came the delightful and infectious grooves of the Westchester County Bluegrass Jam Meetup, led by Organizer and Chief Picker, Tara Linhardt.
And last, but certainly not least, the Gotham Rock Choir Meetup brought down the house (or rather, raised the roof) by belting out, “Uptown Funk,” “Living On A Prayer” and, as a giant roof-top sing along, “Joy To The World” (by Three Dog Night, of course).
The choir was founded in 2009 “to provide an alternative to traditional choirs and to give choral singing a much-needed sense of cool”. It was such a great show, they acquired several new members before they even left the rooftop.
It was truly a night to remember with the gorgeous New York City skyline as a backdrop. Thanks to all of those who came to celebrate and jam with us.
Cheers to another year of epic Meetups!
All of your Friends at Meetup HQ