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Bartender Finds Fame When He Steps up to Open Mike

Mia Fitzharris
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A bartender at a New York City watering hole is getting tons of positive attention for something other than mixing a great mojito. YouTube user Cody Littlewood was shooting at Brandy's Piano Bar when, as he wrote in the description, "it was closing down and the bartender stepped up to the mic and did this." The song in the clip is Radiohead's "Creep." And that singing bartender's name is Joe Ardizzone. He's a 10-year veteran of the bar who often performs at the spot, but his fame skyrocketed after Cody's YouTube video was viewed more than 130,000 times. Some commenters on YouTube were moved by Joe's performance, with one writing "Someone get me a blanket-so many shivers and goosebumps." The video description  points out that Joe wanted the piano player in the clip to get the credit he deserves as well; bravo, Nate Buccieri! A search on YouTube pulled up another awesome bar-side Ardizzone classic, his rendition of Jeff Buckley's song "Hallelujah." Brandy's Piano Bar's website says it's "one of the Upper East Side's best-kept secrets," but we think that distinction belongs to you, Joe!

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