Posted in music | venues on April 2, 2007


As you know by now, Tonic is unfortunately closing very soon. Here's the official statement:

Dear Musicians, Fans and Friends:

After more than 9 years as a home for avant-garde, creative, and experimental music, Tonic will reluctantly close its doors on Friday, April 13th, 2007. We simply can no longer afford the rent and all of the other costs associated with doing business on the Lower East Side.

The neighborhood around us has been increasingly consumed by "luxury condominiums", boutique hotels and glass towers, all making the value of our salvaged space worth more then our business could ever realistically support. We have also been repeatedly harassed by the city's Quality of Life Task Force which resulted in the debilitating closing of the ))sub((tonic lounge in January. Coincidentally, this campaign began as our immediate neighbor, the Blue Condominium building - a symbol of the new Lower East Side - prepared to open its doors.

As a business, we take responsibility for mistakes made along the way. If profit had been our chief motivation we could have changed our programming to something more mainstream and financially lucrative. Instead we were more committed to a certain type of music and loyal to the community that supported us. As a result, we've always just survived but never really prospered. It is, however, unfortunate that it is so difficult for small businesses to operate in this city and that a chain store that can afford a high rent is more desirable than a place like Tonic that has a different kind of value.

While this is certainly the end of Tonic at 107 Norfolk Street, we remain committed to what Tonic represents and plan to try again in some form as soon as possible. In the interim, Tonic will make efforts to present new music in existing venues such as the Abron's Arts Center located just a few blocks away.

We invite you to join us as often as you can over our remaining days to help us celebrate Tonic and more importantly the amazing artists, our unwavering staff, and the nurturing community that made Tonic possible. It’s because of you that we’ve stayed open as long as we have. Thank you!

Sincerely, Melissa and John

Contact: tonic [at]

Tonic (NYC music venue) is closing



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Comments (5)

12. (keywords: penis experimental puke)

that urinal i mentioned earlier? adam was puking into it. the guys on stage looked like they were playing battleship with their laptops screen-to-screen and for all we knew they could have been. that's the bothersome bit about electronic sound. it's hidden away and all inside these guys' heads. the drummer was drumming and the bass player was plucking and then i think the drummer picked up a saxophone and it just became a display of penises after that. it wasn't even all that rock and roll. just because you can play an instrument doesn't mean you should charge $10 entry and $10 cds and make your living off of guys whose mom's do their laundry while they play with software they pirated off the internet, their parent's internet connection, their parent's
hey he wasn't such a bad guy. adam would have been all over that guy. i mean not sexually. well it is kinda sexual the way they interact. ever notice how it's hip to be playfully homosexual these days to deal with sexual insecurity?
experimental music is so gay.

Posted by 6billionghosts | April 2, 2007 1:06 AM

Those spamming robots keep getting stranger and more surreal. I like their cutting edge flavor.

Posted by bill | April 2, 2007 4:04 PM

i ain't selling anything.

but i do <3 you

Posted by 6billionghosts | April 2, 2007 5:27 PM

New Cool neighborhood? somewhere perhaps in Queens for all cool places? Or Brooklyn too.

Manhattan is becoming teh suxor dorm / lux / fuck fest null poop pie.!!

viva New York City cool.

Posted by Nick B | April 2, 2007 11:38 PM

u who left the first comment? what the f___ is wrong with you?! a slow and painful death awaits if there's any good left in this world! please don't ever go out so that i never run into you...
thank you so much melissa & john, it was the best spot in the city, i will miss it dearly

Posted by mickJaggrmeister | April 3, 2007 2:34 PM

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