Posted in music | venues on January 8, 2008

Village Gate

The Village Gate, the historic Bleecker Street club, will reopen next spring. Art D’Lugoff debuted the club in the fifties and closed it in 1993; since then, it’s been leased to tenants. Now, new owners have taken over the space and, with D’Lugoff’s blessing, will revive it as an 800-seat venue called Le Poisson Rouge. (The iconic VILLAGE GATE sign will remain.) “I’m very eager to come back to the Village,” D’Lugoff says. “These kids have got good taste; they’re the right type of people to do what I started years ago—the whole schmear: folk, jazz, blues, everything.” Programmer Ronen Givony, who made his name with the Wordless Music Series, which presents different genres of music on the same bill, wants to do the same thing here. “Everywhere you go, you see an indie-rock band with two or three identical indie-rock bands opening for them,” he says. He plans to offer “African guitar with string quartet one night, a rock band the next.” D’Lugoff likes the sound of that. “This is intelligent stuff,” he says. “It’s not a schlock joint.” [NY Mag]
In other West Village venue news, The Lion's Den was recently renamed Sullivan Hall.

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Comments (21)

Expect great things -- Ronen knows his stuff.

Posted by greg | January 8, 2008 3:21 PM

ronen really does know his stuff. can't wait.

Posted by jeff | January 8, 2008 3:24 PM

Will this be the rebirth of Greenwich Village? I saw a great band play at Wicked Willy's on Bleecker St. What next, will the Bitter End start to be decent?

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 3:33 PM

Should be awesome, and with Ronen in charge of the music, it makes it all the more exciting.

Posted by jefe | January 8, 2008 3:52 PM

This is such great news. Art is truly a good guy, I've known his daughter for years.
And yes, Ronan is great at what he does. Wordless is such a good series of concerts, I can't imagine that this won't be even better given the history, the location, and the resources.

Posted by nyctaper | January 8, 2008 4:22 PM

This is such great news. Art is truly a good guy, I've known his daughter for years.
And yes, Ronan is great at what he does. Wordless is such a good series of concerts, I can't imagine that this won't be even better given the history, the location, and the resources.

Posted by nyctaper | January 8, 2008 4:25 PM

I had big hopes that The Box would be a great "alternative" venue, but sadly is became far from it. There are many great little venues around the city if you pay attention. Maybe Bleecker St is making a comeback (whatever NYU has not destroyed yet).

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 4:33 PM

Wow. That's really exciting to hear. Can't wait to see it opened up.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 4:36 PM

Ronen's Wordless shows are great.........he also happens to be a cutie!

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 5:40 PM

I'd do Ronen

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 5:49 PM

^what they said

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 5:53 PM

I'd eat a donut....oh, nevermind

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 6:06 PM

pfft, i've totally made out with Ronen, he's a slut (but a hot one, fo sho)

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 8:57 PM

i once shared a twin bed with Ronen in a hotel in Albany. for reals.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 9:00 PM

i once shared a twin with Ronen in a hotel in Minneapolis

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 9:06 PM

well i guess he IS a slut then.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 9:08 PM

no, but seriously, I've known Ronen for a while now and am so glad this is actually happening for him!

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 9:12 PM

No offense to Ronen, but I hope that someone else will be booking as well.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2008 10:40 PM

Too bad Herbie Mann isn't around to play there !

Posted by PhillydogD | February 14, 2009 8:15 PM

CLAUDIUS AND IRIE HARRIS ATTENDED THE VILLAGE

GATE IN THE 50'S AND WAS FRIENDS WITH ART D'LUGOFF.

WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO HAVE HIS EMAIL ADDRESS OR

GET MINE TO HIM. WOULD LOVE TO TALK ABOUT OLD TIMES AND HAVE HIM MEET CLAUDIUS' CHILDREN IN NYC.

Posted by IANNETTE ROHAN | March 31, 2009 10:23 AM

i,m trying to find some info on a print i have ,by an artist signed farin 79 of art d'lugoffs village gate

Posted by john tharp | September 1, 2011 10:46 PM

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