As I walked into the Turf Club last night, I realized that it had almost been 3 years since I had been here last. The place had been through a lot, shut down by COVID, set ablaze by rioters, doused liberally for 7 hours by its sprinkler system and restored by First Avenue. The renovations kept its character intact but gave us wood floors instead of tiles and some subtle upgrades.
Up first was a band that impressed me last fall at the Entry – NYC’s Moon Kissed. To me they embody what always has been great about the New York City art scene. Energetic, fearless and as their PR puts it “create their own community as they rise in the musical ranks”. Singer Khaya Cohen’s energy is infectious from warning people seated at tables in the back that she’s going to come out and dance with them to the fact that she (based on my 2 show statistical sample size) she has yet to meet a bar top that she can resist dancing on. Their songs are easy to like, don’t shy away from serious lyrics and tend to get stuck in my head. “Lost It” has become a favorite for me.
Set List: July / Untie You / Animal / Daddy’s Car / Mercy / Should I / Company / Michelle / Nothing Compares / Home Where / I Am The Dog / Sedona / Feel Again
Encore: Easy On You / Cake / Too Close