Pop-Up Piano Bar
Crowd around our Sing for Hope piano for a good ole sing-along! Request a tune from the pianist, warm up those vocal chords, and sing with the rest of Downtown Brooklyn. Submit your requests in advance!
June 13, 5:00pm-7:30pm: Clare Cooper plays pop and rock
June 20, 5:00pm-7:30pm: Franca Vercelloni plays Broadway show tunes and standards
Clare Cooper is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist who performs as a solo artist, band member and musical director. A graduate of Berklee College of Music and the New School’s Creative Arts Therapy program, she is an award-winning songwriter with two CDs, “Northern Drive” and“Valentine.” She is the composer of musical comedy “How To Marry A Divorced Man” with book and lyrics by Bryan Leys. Theater credits include “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding,” “Jaws! The Musical,” 2014 Fringe Festival favorite “Urban Momfare,” and “Memphis.” TV credits include“Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” and AMC’s “Into Character.” She has been musical director/arranger for cabaret shows at Don’t Tell Mama, The Duplex, Rose’s Turn, The Triad and Laurie Beechman Theater, and is keyboardist of country band Miss Babs and the Kickin’ Boogie Band.
A favorite on the keys of the New York piano bar scene, Franca Vercelloni is a long-time pianist at famed West Village piano bar Marie’s Crisis. Franca mixes her classically trained piano skills with irreverent comedy to create a truly rollicking piano bar experience. As a pianist at Marie’s Crisis, Franca has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Village Voice, and the American Theatre Wing’s “Working in the Theatre” video series. She has enjoyed playing for and singing along with Alan Cumming, Martha Plimpton, Jimmy Fallon, Charles Busch, Michael Musto, and lots of doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists and general lovers of show tunes. Franca is also in demand as a piano and accordion teacher, and as a pianist for parties.