Posted in music | venues on September 5, 2008

Bell House

In the shadow of the famous and brooding Kentile Floors sign in the burgeoning and classic neighborhood of Gowanus, The Bell House, a gorgeous new and unique music venue and lounge, will open its doors on September 18 at 6pm with free admission to the public. The Bell House is a magnificent two-room music and events venue located at 149 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. It was crafted out of an old 1920's warehouse once used as a printing press, but more recently used as a fly-by-night shipping company.

Conceived and created by the friends behind Union Hall (Park Slope) and Floyd (Brooklyn Heights), The Bell House are thrilled to be pioneers of sorts adding a prominent performance space to Brownstone Brooklyn. The main space boasts 25 foot wooden arched ceilings, a 450 square foot stage, and unobstructed views from any part of the room. "Brownstone Brooklyn needed a major music venue and event space, and we found a beautiful old building near the Gowanus that was seemingly designed for live music," said co-owner, Jim Carden. "We'll be able to graduate the bands we've championed at Union Hall to a space like no other in New York City and be able to host acts that were simply too big for the stage there", adds co-owner and talent buyer Jack McFadden

Press release continued, and an updated initial lineup, below...

The storefront features a comfortable 150 capacity lounge which will be open seven nights a week as a friendly neighborhood bar and gathering space featuring beer from independent and local breweries.

The live sound in the performance space has been outfitted with flying EAW speakers, 5 monitor mixes, an Allen & Heath console, and a gorgeous lighting set up with a Hog 500 controller. Capacity for the main space is 350 with an option of having seating for 200 plus standing room only on special occasions. Musicians and audience will be thrilled to find the same charm, hospitality, and professionalism that Union Hall has brought to Park Slope for the past 2 years.

@ The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY
Sep 18 - grand opening w/ Lilys, Matt Pond PA & "two very special guests" (free)
Sep 19 - New York Burlesque Festival: The Premiere Party
Sep 24 - Diego Garcia of Elefant
Sep 25 - EM Comedy Festival - Opening Night Awards Gala
Sep 26 - EM Comedy Festival - Invite Them Up
Sep 27 - EM Comedy Festival - Apartment 2F Reunion
Sep 27 - EM Comedy Festival - The Very Best Supporting Television Cast Members Live)
Sep 28 - EM Comedy Festival - Variety Shac
Sep 28 - EM Comedy Festival - Tearing The Veil of Maya, Closing Ceremonies
Oct 02 - Bang on a Can office night w/ M Shanghai String Band, Get Him Eat Him, Melomane, Babe the Blue Ox & more
Oct 03 - Melissa Ferrick & Matt the Electrician
Oct 11 - The Veils & special guest
Oct 18 - Crown City Rockers
Oct 21 - 25 CMJ week w/ The Rosebuds, Sam Champion, The Ladybug Transistor, The Jealous Girlfriends, Crystal Stilts & more
Nov 15 - AC Newman (who has a new album coming soon)
Dec 02 - Vienna Teng
Much more TBA. Tickets will start going on sale Saturday September 6th.

Littlefield is opening in the same neighborhood soon too.



Comments (15)

Dang, Sept 18 is an insane day for music in nyc. Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Why?/Mt.Eeerie, and now the opening of this. Craziness.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:54 AM

Stumbling home from a free Lilys concert = priceless.

gracias bv

Posted by david | September 5, 2008 10:55 AM

This looks great. Glad I just moved to the area.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 10:57 AM

i was about to complain about how out of the way this is, but lilys will drag me out there. any idea if it's pre-ticketed, or should you just show up?

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:06 AM

"Dang, Sept 18 is an insane day for music in nyc. Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Why?/Mt.Eeerie, and now the opening of this. Craziness. "

And Bloc Party, maybe

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:07 AM

The venue holds 150 in the lounge / 350 in the back / for the free show on the 18th, no tickets, just come, first come first served.

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:39 AM

"Free admission to the public."
So this is all ages, awesome. Will most of the these show be all ages to?

September 18 is a crazy, good day for music. The question is WHY? or this free show. Hmm.

Posted by Star Child | September 5, 2008 12:01 PM

No Kids Allowed! Stop the Tots!

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:06 PM

Why do you assume it's all ages? Because it's free? No, it's a bar, it's 21+

Posted by Anonymous | September 5, 2008 12:20 PM

is anyone going to bloc party?
pr will it just be me and the blokes?

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2008 1:21 PM

does anybody know if it is 21+ for sure?

Posted by anne | September 15, 2008 1:27 AM

Matt Pond PA is the only show to see.

Oh- wait... strike that. I don't want the place to get too packed.

Posted by The Chaperone | September 17, 2008 3:56 PM

wow that this place is way out of the way.,,.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2008 9:40 AM


Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2008 9:39 PM

this place is going to suck, its not all ages. FAIL. they wont stand a chance all the better all-ages, bar stocked brooklyn venues.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2008 2:31 PM

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