Today's Taste of the East Village festival includes a free performance by Public Access T.V. outside the Orpheum on Second Avenue.
The four band members, along with their manager, all lived in 123 Second Ave. across the street... one of the three buildings destroyed during the deadly gas explosion on March 26, 2015.
The Times has a piece on the band, who were on tour in Los Angeles at the time of the explosion. The members are all living in the neighborhood again thanks to the Cooper Square Committee.
And today's festival is a benefit for Cooper Square. (Tickets are $30.)
Free show aside, the festival takes place on Seventh Street between Second Avenue and Cooper Square.
Per the event website:
Taste of East Village is an outdoor culinary festival ... benefiting the affordable housing preservation and development work, social services, and senior programming of the Cooper Square Committee.
We feature dishes from more than 15 of the East Village’s best restaurants and eateries (see the list below), and live entertainment from local musicians — The Jazz Passengers, Maquina Mono, Public Access TV, Rachelle Garniez, Bill Popp and the Tapes, Bern and the Brights.
Buying a Taste of East Village ticket helps raise money for Cooper Square Committee’s affordable housing development work (including the Bea Arthur Residence for homeless LGBT youth), greening and resiliency programs, tenant counseling, organizing and anti-eviction work, and social services for low income households and senior citizens.
This all takes place between noon and 5 p.m.