Come to enjoy live music. Come to wash your dirty clothes. Or come for both.
Percussia, a multifaceted Jackson Heights-based ensemble, is going to offer a free concert inside JH Laundromat located at 85-15 37th Ave. in its home neighborhood on Friday, May 20, at 3:15 p.m. The music is free, but using the machines isn’t. (Audience members are encouraged to wash, dry and fold their clothes during the recital.)
Entitled “Good Clean Fun II,” this show will feature two Percussia members: Ingrid Gordon on a few different drums and Margaret Lancaster playing various wind instruments. They will jam for about an hour, interspersing classical pieces with Irish folk tunes. Gordon also indicated that they will do a heavy metal song, some traditional Arab stuff, an India-influenced ditty, and even the theme to the video game/animated movie Angry Birds.
Located at 85-15 37th Ave., JH is the first New York City laundromat to offer dollar coin-operated washing and drying machines. Gordon is a frequent client. Her idea for this concert was inspired by The Laundromat Project, a community-oriented nonprofit that sponsored yoga classes and an art installation there. She was enthralled by the idea of bringing art to people as they carry out their everyday chores.
JH has a large empty space in the front, where Gordon and Lancaster will perform.
This is actually a second show. Percussia presented “Good Clean Fun” at JH in 2014. About 40 attendees gathered to hear the music then, many of them standing outside on the sidewalk. The owner provided free refreshments, and director Frederick Wiseman filmed it and included clips in his documentary “In Jackson Heights.”