Posted in music | venues on February 18, 2008

Beat the Devil @ Bowery BAllroom

Now with DIY Shows!

We're back and we're bringing a bit of summer, indoors for a few select shows dubbed "On-the-Side" at a new DIY venue called @Seaport.

First up is "On-the-Side" with Beat the Devil, scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, February 22 (doors at 6:30 p.m.).

The night of music, film and art includes a special performance by New York's Beat the Devil featuring Shilpa Ray, one of the city's most exciting new voices, performing tracks from the new album "Idiot's Guide."

Many music fans will recall the band's performance as the opener for Menomena this past July at Seaport Music.

Also slated for the evening is the premier of an untitled documentary on the Beat the Devil by filmmaker Ben Clayton, plus an exhibit of work by artist Jason Frederick and photographer Mitchell King.

@Seaport is located in the South Street Seaport historic district at 219 Water Street (at Beekman Street). Admission is free, however reservations are recommended. Please send an email request to

Translating the successful vibe of the summer into smaller, year-round shows is something we've always wanted to try. We've had interest from bands, but lacked an indoor space and a budget. With two out of three in place, we're giving it a try.

While a programming budget still doesn't exist, the Seaport Music team is turning to a DIY model for performances. The model has proven highly successful in Brooklyn, so why not in lower Manhattan?

Come check it out!

Above photo of Beat The Devil @ Bowery Ballroom (opening for Vampire Weekend on Jan 29, 2008) by Bao Nguyen.



Comments (7)

this is a great venue. I had the pleasure to check it out last friday.

Posted by un:art:ig | February 18, 2008 1:07 PM

Reservations? Weird.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2008 1:18 PM

What makes this DIY? The marketing angle?

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2008 1:20 PM

@Anonymous | February 18, 2008 1:20 PM

"what makes this DIY?"

you can approach them with ideas to curate your own shows. in my book that is as DIY as it gets. of course this calls for one to get one's ass off the couch.

Posted by un:art:ig | February 18, 2008 3:40 PM

The only thing that's more of a joke than Beat the Devil is the fact that someone made a documentary about them.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2008 3:49 PM

Her voice is hypnotising.

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2008 8:57 PM

Beat the Devil were amazing as always, but the documentary was terrible! 20 minutes in I was thinking "how much longer can this last?". I found out the answer an hour later! The documentary was twice as long as their set. Great band, but their background isn't interesting for a film about them. The documentary consisted of in studio shots, and out-of-focus black-and-white shots. I think the director thought it was "arty" but it was amateurish at best.

Once again, great band, but weak film-maker.

Posted by Anonymous | February 23, 2008 10:14 PM

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