Williamsburg bar throws sad dance party

Williamsburg bar throws sad dance party
Misery loves company: Alicia Kennedy shows off some of her many sad albums.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

She will bring the music, you bring the tears.

A Bushwick disc jockey will be spinning nothing but the saddest tunes at Passenger Bar in Williamsburg on Jan. 28, giving bar-goers a chance to mope around but still leave the house.

“Sad but catchy music captures the need for release that is both visceral and emotional,” said Alicia Kennedy, who is also a writer and editor at New York magazine. “I want to play the kind of music that makes you get into your feelings. You’ll feel something different than a normal dance party.”

Cry and Wine: A Party for Your Feelings is Kennedy’s first solo set, a departure from her usual collaboration as part of the Teenage Guide to Popularity, a monthly music video party with pal Douglas Bleggi.

Kennedy said she plans to play a mix of tearjerkers, including dancey-but-depressing classics from Joy Division and the Smiths, along with newer sensitive kids, such as Drake and Lana Del Rey.

The sorrowful song-lover said the idea for the event grew out of her penchant for making playlists that tell a story as the track-list progresses.

“I make a lot of playlists for myself that have a narrative,” she said. “Whether it’s about feeling like you’re longing or feeling like you’re in love, I realized I was using music to process my feelings.”

Cry and Wine: A Party for Your Feelings at Passenger Bar [229 Roebling St. between South Second and South Third streets in Williamsburg, (718) 218–7869, www.passe‌ngerb‌ar.com.] Jan. 28 at 8 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhuro‌witz@‌cnglo‌cal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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