The Monday night “Lobby Series” showcases local artists performing music, dance, spoken word, and other art forms for 100-125 guests in the Palace’s Grand Foyer. With few stages uptown, the series is an important way for local artists, both established and up-and-coming, to share work with neighbors and try out new material. And what a space to perform in: a 3-story ceiling, gilded ornamentation, dramatic balconies, and terrific acoustics. The Lobby Series grew out of funding from the New York City Council Cultural Immigrant Initiative funding in 2017.
Past performances include:
- Daniel Binelli and Polly Ferman playing tango and other Latin American music with accompanying dancers
- West African drummer Frank Malloy, Jr. and his band combining the rhythms of the African diaspora with hip-hop, jazz, and funk
- A runway show of local and international designers organized by Uptown Fashion Week
- Saxophonist and composer Miguel Malla and his jazz group playing live to pre-1930 Spanish cartoons
- The Uptown Collective Revue featuring Audubon and Tess