BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | On a warm summer evening this on Saturday, the outdoor tables on St. Mark’s Place between Avenue A and Third Avenue were packed with diners and drinkers. Nearby, people relaxed in the fresh evening air in Tompkins Square Park.
But probably the most pleasant place to be was on a wooden bench in the verdant oasis of the 6th and B Community Garden, where local musical legends, as well as more recent groups, performed at a “Music Under the Stars with Joff Wilson” concert.
Several dozen people listened to Walter G. Steding, Babe-N-The-Dame, the Tipsy Gypsies, Soul Cake and others. If one closed their eyes, the atmosphere of this corner of the East Village almost seemed like an eclectic Tanglewood concert.
The garden, also known for its community involvement and vegetable plots, will host more musical events this summer and fall, including the Latin Jazz Ensemble on Sat., Aug. 27 at 4 p.m., “Sounds in the Garden with Peter Lousier” on Sat., Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. and two more “Music Under the Stars with Joff Wilson” concerts on Sat., Sept. 17, and Sat., Oct. 15, both at 7:30 p.m. All the events are open to the public and free admission.