Musician and DJ Tennessee Thomas is a true 60s girl at heart – she loves everything 60s, whether it's the music, fashion, or radical culture. Formerly the drummer of the band The Like for 10 years, she now has a shop in the East Village called The Deep End Club. The boutique is inspired by the downtown art scene and her rock star roots (her father was the drummer for Elvis Costello), and stocks items from Mandy Coons, Adam Green, and more. Tennessee can be found DJing at Soho Grand on Wednesdays and at Tribeca Grand on Thursdays with fellow DJ and friend Alix Brown.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
What can’t you travel without and why?
What’s your favorite travel destination, and why?
I just went to Tokyo to play a reunion concert with my old band The Like, and it was a dream! There are so many places I want to go – including India, Iceland, and Egypt.
What’s your favorite thing to do on a Sunday afternoon in NYC?
On a Sunday afternoon I love to go to the Neue Galerie & Cafe Sabarsky, and The Met across the street, and then visit the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park & row a boat in the lake if it’s nice out.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be and why?
Patti Smith & Edie Sedgwick.
Who has inspired you recently?
Everyone who walks through the door of my shop (The Deep End Club in the East Village)
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
La Luncheonette, Russian Tea Room, and Tea & Sympathy.
What are some of your favorite late-night hangouts in NYC?
Paul’s Cocktail Lounge & Otto’s Shrunken Head.
Where do you get your art fix?
American Folk Art Museum.
What’s your favorite late-night hangout in NYC?
Cabin Down Below.
What is your under the radar must-do recommendation for NYC visitors?
Chelsea Antiques Garage, every Saturday & Sunday on 25th Street between 6th & 7th Avenues.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores?
Legacy, Ugly Luggage, and my shop, The Deep End Club.
What music are you listening to these days?
Chances with Wolves on East Village Radio.
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
Velvet Underground, The Strokes
When you think of NYC, are there any particular memories that immediately come to mind?
Skating in Central Park!