When Blues Traveler Got Its Start at the Nightingale Bar on 2nd Avenue [VIDEO]

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 at 10:37 am by
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Before the old Nightingale at 213 Second Avenue became a swanky lounge, it was a simple dive bar that helped spawn the careers of both Blues Traveler and the Spin Doctors. That tiny stage propelled these two jam bands into superstardom, at least for a fleeting few years in the early 1990s.

The music video for “Defense and Desire” – which name-checks Nightingale and its crowd – was filmed on location in September of 1993. A clear shot of the exterior greets the viewer at the very beginning. Quick bits of the interior are also peppered throughout the clip. Too bad the song is, shall we say, subpar at best.

And thanks to Vimeo, we also have a glimpse of the band performing Nightingale in November of 1989. Below is the clip featuring both “Warmer Days” and “Rock Me Baby” … and John Popper motorboating a fan soloing on harmonica.

Nightingale Lounge is no longer in business. The cinema-inspired Durden Bar opened there last year. So sit back and enjoy this nostalgic trip, twenty years in the making.

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