Thursday, January 13, 2011

A bloody good time

By Meredith Deliso

The charming, ukulele-sporting Bliss Blood brings some jazzy tunes to The Castello Plan, a newish Ditmas Park wine bar, for an evening of good food and good music tonight.

The Bushwick-based singer has made a niche for herself playing 1920s and ’30s tunes, either in the Hawaiian-tinged The Moonlighters, the blues band Delta Dreambox or the jazz bands Voodoo Suite and The Cantonement Jazz Band.

Solo, she is quickly becoming a regular at the Plan, and tonight, she’ll join trombonist Jim Fryer playing early 20th century jazz and some originals that show off her showmanship.

“I like going way back and reading about performers in the ’20s,” said Blood, who’s been playing her uke since before it was fashionable. “For instance, Bessie Smith could look out in the crowd and hypnotize them.”

And let us not forget the food at The Castello Plan. One of the newer additions to the blossoming Cortelyou Road scene, the inviting wine bar has gained fans for its tasty small plates, which include roasted rabbit and pumpkin gnocchi that will warm you right up.

Head to the restaurant early to take advantage of its $30 prix-fixe wine dinner (from 6-8 pm), and then stick around for the music. Your Thursday just got set.

Bliss Blood at The Castello Plan [1213 Cortelyou Rd. between Westminster and Argyle roads in Ditmas Park, (718) 856-8888], Jan. 13 at 8 pm. Free. For info, visit


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