Posted in music | venues on June 16, 2009

Black Betty

"When I stopped into Black Betty last night [June 15th] around 8:30pm, there was an eerie sense of calm and night-like-every-other-nightliness in the air. The kitchen was smoky, the waitresses conferring about honoring reservations, and the tables populated, but not overly cluttered. It was hard to believe this place that embodied so much of Williamsburg's spirit would never again open its doors.

About two months ago, partners Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover were given the sad news that they would not have the opportunity to renew their lease on Black Betty (366 Metropolitan Ave), the restaurant/music venue that has become a beloved neighborhood institution. Despite holding fundraisers in preparation to meet the rising rent of the neighborhood, and operating a business that, even in the worst of economic times, has flourished, Schmeling reports his landlord signed over the space to another restaurateur without notice or explanation, leaving Black Betty and her devoted patrons without a home." [Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts]

Rev. Vince Anderson and his Love Choir played the final show at the Brooklyn venue. Jonathan Toubin was in the house during that performance and tweeted that "Reverend vince and his love choir are breathing fire!" After the show, Chris said, "Closing night at Black Betty with the Rev was one of the most amazing musical experiences I've ever heard." Reverend Vince himself says, "Thanks to everyone that came to the show last night. I love you all."

According to Brooklyn Based, "Stephen Tanner, currently of Egg and formerly of Pies'n'Thighs, will take over the Black Betty space." The above picture is an actual screenshot of what Black Betty's website looks like today.

Video of the Rev performing in 2006, and other videos shot at the club, below...

Rev Vince @ Black Betty - 2006

MonocomB performance at Black Betty - 2008

The Child Ballads peforming the Jonathan Fire*Eater Song "No Love Like That" at Black Betty in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York on 4/24/07

VERY BE CAREFUL Live @ BLACK BETTY - 2000 or 2001

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Comments (20)

I used to see Mel Gibson there from time to time.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 6:38 PM

I saw Liszt there once.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 7:36 PM

Osama hides there.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 8:09 PM

Bring on the fried chicken!

Posted by dude | June 16, 2009 8:14 PM

No way! They broke up? I loved this band! Their song RAM JAM was my jam! R.I.P. Black Betty, long live T.B.A.!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 8:35 PM

I knew about BLACK BETTY before any of you losers. I had their flexi disc that came with issue 57 of Under The Volcano. You're all just a bunch of poseurs who are living off of mommy and daddy's doll hairs.

If anyone wants to make an offer on the flexi . . . bidding starts at $100.

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 8:58 PM

VINCE!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 9:01 PM

where's the next Make Love Not War party?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 9:15 PM

Was this where CocoRacist hosted Kill Whitey?

Posted by Anonymous | June 16, 2009 9:32 PM

Black MEHtty

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 2:35 AM

Kill Whitey was a Lawrence, KS based hardcore band active in the early 90s. Its lead singer, Marc Smirl, went on to form Stick, which blew its chances of any fame when Smirl refused to go on Headbangers' Ball because, "...we aren't a heavy metal band". Subsequently, Arista dropped the band shortly thereafter.

Posted by old larrytown dude | June 17, 2009 8:42 AM

the original kill whitie party was at the stinger club, another billy b institution lost in the sauce....

Posted by anon | June 17, 2009 8:57 AM

cocaine

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:28 AM

the doors were open last night and a bunch of people hanging outside.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:41 AM

This is almost as sad as the fall of Kokie's.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 10:42 AM

The "Make Love, Not War" party from Black Betty is moving over to Rose Live Music on Fridays starting this Friday, June 19th.
The Black Betty vetran DJ Emskee, as well as the bartenders and doormen from Black Betty will be moving with the party.
Check it out.
If you don't know it now, you will see it's truth later.
Williamsburg will never be the same without Black Betty.
RIP.

Posted by photographickris | June 17, 2009 12:27 PM

i got a casual hj there once

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2009 4:15 PM


Will be missed, ate many a bowl of mussels drank many a glass of wine and beer, you will be missed the street will never be the same.

Posted by Craig 2B | June 18, 2009 2:54 PM

"Standard Oil Serpent Pool" has a nice ring to it.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 1:42 PM

I always buy essays and already written essay about this topic.

Posted by GilliamVonda28 | February 17, 2012 3:48 AM

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