Action Bronson played Webster Hall’s final show before renovations (pics, video)
It was the end of an era on Thursday (8/10) night as Action Bronson headlined the final show in Webster Hall‘s Grand Ballroom – for now. The historic venue will be closed, possibly for 18 months or more, while it undergoes demolition and renovation. AEG and Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) are the new owners of Webster Hall, and the AEG-acquired Bowery Presents (who recently parted ways with Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge) will take over booking when it reopens.
The Meadows presented Thursday night’s show, and revealed Action Bronson as the secret headliner after tickets sold out (He also plays the September festival). Bronson played some new material from his upcoming album, Blue Chips 7000, during his set. He also had a few guests on hand — Meyhem Lauren, Conway, and Westside Gunn — and he broke a guitar on stage. Check out pictures from his set, and opener Wifisfuneral, in the gallery above, and watch some video clips below.
If you’re wondering how Webster Hall settled on Action Bronson for their final show, the venue’s VP of concerts Heath Miller shined some light on that:
“I was really trying to find a New Yorker,” Miller, who lives in the East Village, said about why he chose Action to close out the venue. “I’d run into him and say, ‘when will you play Webster?’ and he’d say, ‘I know, I know!’ He’s played the studio a lot. I never had him play the main room, so this might be his last chance to play.”
We didn’t stick around for the Trash! Grand Finale party in the Studio after Bronson’s set, but we wonder if that ran as late as Skrillex’s final club night rager on Saturday (8/5), which kept going until dawn on Sunday (8/6) morning.
Said goodbye to Webster Hall in an epic way tonight with Action Bronson. I came up in the business at Webster, through shows in the Studio downstairs and the main room upstairs. I first walked in those doors over 12 years ago to see System of a Down and left tonight having seen countless shows, a lot of awesomely talented artists, and some of the greatest up-and-comers who went on to become headliners. What an important place in New York City music history. It'll be back after the renovation but will it be the same?
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photos by Amanda Hatfield