January 20, 2019

Japanalia Eiko Venue Review

Japanalia Eiko in Hartford is a one-of-a kind clothing store that turns into a cozy music venue several times a month, hosting exclusive shows worthy of New York City’s Lincoln Center, while maintaining a friendly and familiar neighborhood feeling.

This intimate venue seats about 50 people, so whether you have a stage-side table or are sitting in the last row, you won’t miss one second of the show. The size allows for a more personal interaction between the audience and musicians. At The Jimmy and Larry Show, a cabaret duo from New York City, the comedy, music and theatrical bits moved smoothly from the stage to within the audience.


Attendees laughed and seemed to enjoy every minute of the entertaining, rhythm and rhyme-filled show; as well as the powerful voices of pianist Jimmy Roberts, the composer of the longest running off-Broadway show in New York City, and Lawrence L. Craig Jr., an internationally renowned opera singer—a “fine baritone,” according to the New York Times.

Stage-side table seats go for $40 and include complimentary beverages. General seating is $25 and is BYOB.

Before the show, people have a chance to socialize and shop or browse unique and high-quality clothing and accessories. The crowd then moves on to the stage area—a room whose walls display kimono-inspired outfits and a series of beautiful art—uncorks, and sits back for a relaxing and entertaining evening with friends and good music.

Japanalia Eiko hosts several events every month, some more “heavy duty/old school” jazz as well, says Dan Blow, owner, co-designer and Producer of Music at Japanalia.

You can check their website for upcoming events and to stay in tune with the “Jazz Brunch” and other shows.