Posted in music | venues on June 28, 2010

World Cup @ The Rock Shop
World Cup

Jack "Skippy" McFadden recently controversially parted ways with Union Hall and The Bell House where he was the main talent buyer (booker) since both clubs opened. Well, not only didn't it take long for Skippy to get another job, he'll be working just a few blocks from both of his old rooms at Park Slope's new Rock Shop. The Bowery-affiliated club (which is not part of Bowery Presents) has a show capacity of 120. Jack says "it looks and sounds like a mini Mercury Lounge, but with that new car smell. High ceilings, great sightlines, a very cool and welcoming place for bands and fans alike."

Skippy will be the exclusive booker of the new venue (which I guess means no Diane). He'll also be bringing bigger shows to other clubs he's partnering with around the city. He hasn't named them, but he'll basically be freelance-booking shows that would have fit into the Bell House, into other venues.

The Rock Shop schedule hasn't been announced yet, but the first shows are: July 7, 9, 10, 13-17, and there will be a "grand opening" on August 2nd. The August 2nd artist won't be announced until that day. Check BrooklynVegan.com around noon that day to find out who it is.

Kings Crescent (mem. of fiery furnaces), csc funk band (x mem of talibam,gwar,usaisamonster), and superhuman happiness (mem. of antibalas) are scheduled to play there on August 6th.

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Comments (40)

who cares

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 9:22 AM

120 capacity venue means no bands I want to see will play there....

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 9:27 AM

^^ Wow. That was a real zinger.

Posted by soysalami | June 28, 2010 9:33 AM

That's all well and good but when are they going to change the name of the club to something not so awful?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 9:51 AM

i'm actually really excited about this place. glad skippy's involved.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 9:53 AM

I love how the URL The Rock Shop has been running in their Voice ads isn't evening up and running. Classy.

http://www.therockshopny.com/

Posted by odb | June 28, 2010 9:57 AM

"120 capacity venue means no bands I want to see will play there...."

unfortunate for you then

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:05 AM

"120 capacity venue means no bands I want to see will play there...."

Fantastic. That means we won't run into you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:06 AM

"120 capacity venue means no bands I want to see will play there...."
Yes, you'll have to go elsewhere to see Justin Bieber.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:08 AM

NO you bafoons. I just don't need to see some hipster trying to play power chords.

Do you really think I can see Cursive, Aphex Twin, Sigur Ros, Liars, Beirut and etc at this venue?

Idiots.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:14 AM

Can the name 'Justin Bieber' just be thrown, willy-nilly, into any sentence and used as an insult? Is it one of these new Internet Meemee's?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:17 AM

The grand opening artists will be Hanson and Drake.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:19 AM

actually 10:14 - Skippy had Cursive play at Union Hall which was pretty much the same capacity as this.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:24 AM

10:14 - You clearly have no concept of how the music business works. Do you think that those artists you listed never had to play small venues on their way to playing the large ones?

Skippy has been fostering really wonderful and exciting new (and old, underground, etc.) artists for years, and I'm sure anyone with an open mind is excited to see that he's still going to be bringing music to Brooklyn.

That said, The Rock Shop is a really tragically dumb name.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:27 AM

Grown-ups who go by the moniker, "Skippy".

Wow.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:37 AM

10:24am Yes bafoon....I was at that Cursive show. But tell me other bands that can play at this venue that will be worth going.

10:27am.....I've been going to shows since I was 12 years old. I've seen basement shows with Lifetime to Pavement at Irving Plaza to Neil Young at United Palce. You can name me five bands that Skippy has booked in the past that tells me about your wonderful new/old/underground lol bands, I'll give you five dollars.

He might be a nice guy but he definitely didn't book any shows that I think are worth mentioning on this website

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:39 AM

^^^ Woah, dude, be careful--you're anger sweat is dripping all over our computer screens!!

Posted by soysalami | June 28, 2010 10:49 AM

hahahha I'm so angry at your dumb hipsters! You guys thinking this venue will be booking decent bands needs a reality check.

Probably crappy sound, crappy stage, and crappy bands will play.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:52 AM

^^^ Takes crap to know crap, Crappy McCrapper.

Posted by Toilet | June 28, 2010 11:11 AM

The Bell House is still a great venue, with or without Skippy there. I have a feeling it is going to be better without him.

Posted by meme | June 28, 2010 11:15 AM

What capacity 120 means is that a lot (all?) of those bands that used to play Mercury Lounge/Union Hall, will now be playing Mercury Lounge/Rock Shop.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 11:31 AM

did I miss something? what was the "controversy" with skippy leaving bell house.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 11:35 AM

mercury lounge capacity = 250
union hall = 100

this place 120.


every venue sweetens the capacity by around 25/30 too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 11:36 AM

THIS JUST IN...Steve Zahn is going to star in the new 'Skippy' Biopic.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 11:45 AM

I hope the stage is higher than 1 foot. Is union hall even 1 foot?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 12:11 PM

"The grand opening artists will be Hanson and Drake."

Neko Case will providing security

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 12:32 PM

is this club really going to be jazz only?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 12:38 PM

One good thing about Skippy booking here is when he books shitty shows (like he notoriously does), the club wont look empty.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 1:46 PM

Hopefully none of the Rock Shop's employees wont need a benefit thrown for them or anything...we all know how Skippy doesn't like that...

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 1:47 PM

the best bands play the smallest venues. then they get big, play big venues and suck.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 2:44 PM

Is someone going to make an I'm With Diane facebook page now?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 4:27 PM

lame

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 4:38 PM

congratulations skippy! but is it all ages?

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 7:59 PM

why does everything have to be all ages now? I missed out on a lot of good shows when I was growing up because they were all 18 or 21 +. You either get a fake ID or sneak in--
it builds character, right? I am 26 years old and I am not trying to get laid with a 15 year old, so I repeat... why should we care to make all things all ages now? Is this the downside to Todd P.-like promoters and the sometimes-pseudo DIY ethic taking over Brooklyn? Now we can't buy beer at a certain venue because some 14 year old pimply boy is present?
Not as fun as it's supposed to be.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 9:02 PM

fuck skippy and all his "friends." Jesus, you guys act like he's the second coming.

Posted by Anonymous | June 28, 2010 10:11 PM

Hooray for Skippy! Although, I do fear that this small room might not be big enough to house his huge ego.

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 12:27 PM

Does anyone know why Diane isn't booking there? Did they have a "mutual parting" too?

Posted by Anonymous | June 29, 2010 5:35 PM

I was in last nite and wandered off that killer roof deck under the hot white stars with my ice cold beer to see the stage. Well lo and behold.....the room is the real deal. Night one? The band was sloppy but having fun and the sound was really fucking good. That "mini mercury lounge" description fits but no way can you take a break from the bands at Mercury on a chill roof deck and not be bothered by anyone or anything.

Posted by NorthBuffalo | July 9, 2010 11:11 AM

oh boy, more pussy rock!

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