Posted in music | venues on August 4, 2010

Don Hills

"...Don Hill's was born in April 1993 to much flag waving, fanfare and hoopla. The Smithereens set the tone that night and it has since become a virtual rock and roll hall of fame. Don has booked the joint, hired staff, run day to day and night to night operations, he's answered the phones and I suspect that on some nights he swept out the joint. He will now be joined by superheroes Nur Khan and Paul Sevigny. They will come in with mad skills, new energy and cash to redux the place. They will merge with Don to create more of the same but even better. Nur is famous for his stadium act showcases in what essentially is an over-sized living room over at Rose Bar. He will now have a mid-size venue to accommodate his vision and connections. Nur and I talked about the Don Hill space being perfect for him over a year ago. I floated the idea past Don Hills honcho Nicki Camp last July and I am as pleased as punch that a deal has been finalized. Nur is partnered up with my own personal Jesus, Paul Sevigny at Kenmare and together they will bring their unparalleled talents to this venture. The inclusion of Don into the mix is brilliant. I caught up with Paul and asked him if I could finally write about this and he spewed info at me at a thousand words a minute. I got some of it.

The essentials are that they will renovate. Thousands of rock and roll shows have worn the place out. Rock and roll has a tendency to do that--take a look at a recent shot of Keith Richards. I told Paul that I heard from a second source about this love-in and therefore I should be allowed to tell my loyal readers the good news. Paul agreed and gushed info at me. He's wanted to talk about this for a while and is uber-excited. "We're adding 5 bathrooms and seating, we're going to fix it up." I tried to take notes but it was hopeless. He was particularly excited to reboot the traditional all-ages Sunday rock shows. He told me to expect 2 or 3 big rock and roll shows a month. I know enough not to ask him if this will be the new Beatrice. Paul would have said Beatrice was Beatrice and this is Don Hills and why do people ask that and then he would have mumbled, laughed to himself and made sly, snide side comments--a bit like loveable Popeye." [Steve Lewis]

The Dead Weather, in addition to appearing on Letterman tonight, will play an invite-only "pre-renovation show" at Don Hill's tonight (Wed, August 4,9:30 pm - 4:00 am). Last night they played what ended up being a sold out show in Prospect Park.

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Comments (27)

OMG, this is going to be the show of the year .

for people who don't like music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:30 PM


Kinda cool. But that venue sucks huge balls. It should just get leveled or move to Bushwick across from the McKibben dorms.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:31 PM

then you should try to go 2:30PM

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:34 PM

How big is this place? Capacity 200?

Is this place similar to Home Sweet Home where they played last year?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:36 PM

@2:34: Worst retort ever.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:41 PM

6.5 hour set, huh?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:46 PM

Don Hills is much bigger than Home Sweet Home. Much more a proper venue.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:46 PM

2:30-BEAch House RULESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:49 PM

How do you get invited?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:55 PM

Does this mean Nicki Camp is out?

Posted by noamjamski | August 4, 2010 2:57 PM

Don is the fucking man.

Posted by Two Bloody Tampons... | August 4, 2010 3:05 PM

If you're heading down for whatever reason, look for a long-haired kid with a guitar. He's awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:32 PM

I do really like the first half of that Beach House LP though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:54 PM

how do you get an invite?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 3:56 PM

so this will now be a venue where they will keep the music exclusive to their pretty friends and don't let regular people in?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:01 PM

It seems unlike Jack White to do a show like this with no way for fans to get in. Anyone know how to get invited?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:09 PM

BEACH FOSSILS!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:34 PM

this DW show is sponsored by Deleon Tequila.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 4:56 PM

HOW DO WE GET IN

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:23 PM

blackmail Allison Mossheart by telling her you'll show everyone in the club a copy of the Discount/As Friends Rust 7".

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:26 PM

I have some great memories of dancing my ass off at Don Hills when they had the Saturday night Tis Was parties..good times..

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 5:34 PM

Is this the new Beatrice?

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 6:38 PM

I am very excited for the Don Hill's renovation, because I heard a rumor that it will include the installation of a fresh hummus bar!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 8:33 PM

great show, ears are numb, renewed faith in music

Posted by sharky | August 5, 2010 2:33 AM

i hope they don;t change it to much. don hill's is a special place.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:19 AM

exclusive invite only shows? Don Hills is the new John Varvatos store

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 12:26 PM

I am interested in seeing what the new Don Hills will look like. It's a venue that always had something interesting going on, and the promise of bigger and better. The one main concern though, is will said renovations suddenly find the bands that helped build it being excluded if making it a higher profile joint is on the planning table? I sure hope not since they are the prime reason this place remained on the map. I've not been inside the venue in a couple of years, but will be watching out to see what's happening for both entertainment and the journalistic adventures on my website.

Posted by PiercingMetal KP | August 27, 2010 12:02 AM

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