One of the few fun things to come out of the subway last winter was that viral video in which a little girl inspired a dance-off at the Bedford Avenue stop. On a recent afternoon in Washington Square Park, we followed the sounds of a sandpaper-meets-velvet voice and “old time rock ‘n soul” until we happened upon the band behind the video, Coyote & Crow.
After just three years, this weekly jamboree led by guitarist Rick Snell has become an East Village tradition. Some of the city’s finest musicians drop in to play bluegrass, Texas swing, sea shanties, Irish trad, early jazz, civil war songs and more. Consider it the antidote to Mumford & Sons, and join in if you know your way around a mandolin or banjo.