Tonight I went to Bar Open to see Greta Gertler. She sang and played a Wurlitzer electric piano, and was accompanied by several musicians, including Lara from FourPlay (on violin), a singer-songwriter from New York on guitar and a local saxophonist. She played two sets with an interval between them; IMHO, the second set was better; the slower, more minor-key pieces in it worked better with the minimal lineup than some of the more upbeat pieces, which seemed to suffer somewhat for lack of percussion and bass. Mind you, the AC/DC cover she did was quite good too.
At one stage, between songs, Greta mentioned that Brunswick St. and inner Melbourne was a lot like Brooklyn, New York. Annoyingly enough, at times it was hard to hear what she was saying between songs because of all the drunken idiots in the room shouting to their mates, completely oblivious to the fact that there's a band playing on stage, let alone that the musicians performing have travelled from far away to be here. Though I suppose that's par for the course if there's no cover charge.