St Nick's Pub
Highly, highly recommended. A brilliant band shows up every Saturday night to play African music from about 10:30 pm to 4 am. They really get going around the second set, usually from 12:30 to 2 am. Several of them are true hotshots when it comes
to instrumentation—including the bass player and the guitarist, as well as the rotating set of four djembe players. The drummers sit up front—as well they should, since even the cheesiest African pop that the band sometimes dredges up is always mitigated by their rhythms. The players and their music are from several different
African countries (Mali, Niger, and Cameroon, to name a few) and at least half a dozen of the musicians sing as well. With no cover and $5 beers, you can hang out for several hours and it will cost you no more than $20 all night. Go before it’s not happening
any more! You can take the A train to 145th St and St. Nicholas.
photo: Rob Tallia