Posted in music | venues on September 10, 2011

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Union Transfer

Lots of interesting stuff to report in the world of live concert promotions...

NYC concert promoter Bowery Presents, who already has expanded to NJ, Boston, Maine, and Canandaigua, NY (not to mention MSG, Jones Beach, the Meadowlands, Radio City, etc), is opening a new music venue in Philadelphia this month. In partnership with Philly's one and only Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management, Union Transfer is...

... "named after the original train depot station that occupied the building [and] was developed by the group to meet Philadelphia's need for a mid-sized live music space and will accommodate 600 people. The general admission venue boasts a flexible capacity and can manage up to 1,000 people for larger crowds. Located at 1004-26 Spring Garden St, steps from Center City, Union Transfer is slated to open on September 21, 2011.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah headline the very first show at the new space. Felice Brothers, Shellac, Mogwai, Tune-Yards, RJD2, Langhorne Slim, Little Dragon, CSS, Odd Future, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, The Black Angels, Boris, SBTRKT and many others are also already on the initial schedule.

In perhaps less exciting news for Bowery Presents, Mercury Lounge talent buyer Jay Belin has reportedly moved on and started booking Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and the new Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island for Live Nation.

The Paramount Theatre is...

...located on New York Avenue a block and a half north of Main Street. The space is the former home of the nonprofit Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), which closed its doors in 2009 after 26 years of hosting jazz, folk and blues concerts.

The 1,500-capacity venue has been undergoing renovations for months. Among the changes, there will be a VIP lounge on the balcony and a member's only "Founder's Room" with a separate entrance in addition to the general admission floor.

"With both the architecture and the vibe of the venue dedicated to quality sound, hospitality, and experience, The Paramount is sure to be a hotspot for all of Long Island, and especially for Huntington," the founders said in a news release." [Long Island Press]

Upcoming shows at the Paramount include Rusted Root, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, Weird Al Yankovic, BB King, Willie Nelson, the Pixies, Brand New and Ray Davies.

Speaking of moving on, Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden aka Skippy has moved to the music capital of Texas. He is still booking the Brooklyn club (and other NYC rooms) though. You just won't see him there as much.

Speaking of expanding, the race is on to see who can open in Chicago first. Will it be Brooklyn Bowl? or City Winery?

Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, and last but not least for this post, the Wetlands is having a Class of '96 reunion at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (9/11). Ex-employees of the famed Tribeca club who will probably be in attendance include Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowski, Bowery Ballroom (and Union Transfer co-booker) Johnny Beach and of course ex-Wetlands owner and current Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro. Brooklyn Bowl hosted a Wetlands get together of sorts in 2010 too, though that one was on a much sadder note, as it was to remember Wetlands' very first employee Dave Nolan who died of a heart attack last year.

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Comments (60)

R5 Productions > Bowery... but I'm glad they are working together. Union Transfer is going to be AMAZING (and all ages) !!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 6:12 PM

fuck them both, monopolists

Posted by Dragon | September 10, 2011 7:48 PM

Skippy Nooooooooooo! Come back!!!

Posted by Blearyeyedbrooklyn | September 10, 2011 7:51 PM

Wetlands reunion FTW!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 8:14 PM

For Bowery, cash gorging comes before bringing live music to fans. In my experience, R5 is a lot less evil. Hopefully they can keep a leash on them in Philly. =\

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 9:00 PM

spaghetti warehooooouse

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 9:11 PM

why do people always want more? why can't they be happy with what they have?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 10:22 PM

when is the brooklynvegan comments reunion?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 11:09 PM

hummus sliders! expresso pops! billyburgers on a stick! it's gonna be fun! yay!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 11:25 PM

why can't the nitrous mafia open a venue in philly?

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2011 11:34 PM

wetlands reunion?! ftw indeed. did i hear someone say blues traveler? spon doctors? oh helllll yeeeeaahhhh, brooooo!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 12:01 AM

"did i hear someone say blues traveler? spon doctors? "

Glad you can name two of the thousands of bands that played Wetlands. Good work

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 1:28 AM

A few bands I saw at Wetlands:

Agnostic Front
Sick of It All
Dead Milkmen
Life of Agony
Bouncing Souls
Burn
Cannibal Corpse
Fishbone
Yo La Tengo
Feelies

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 1:33 AM

so who will be booking merc now that jay is gone?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 1:44 AM

"so who will be booking merc now that jay is gone?"

too soon to say

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 2:20 AM

What's a Wetlands reunion without Moby Grape?

Posted by donn | September 11, 2011 7:57 AM

R5 Productions is better than all Brooklyn!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:07 AM

R5 Productions is better than all Brooklyn!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:11 AM

Dear 7:48 please please explain how R5 Productions is a monopoly?? Please do it???

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:12 AM

This site should never mention anything about Philly. It is the armpit of the east coast, along with Boston.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:29 AM

Agreed. Even their cheesesteaks taste like a soggy pit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:58 AM

Dear 7:48, there are more than two companies mentioned in this article, so you can't just say "both" without saying who.

Dear 11:12, I don't think 7:48 meant R5. They probably meant Live Nation and Bowery.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:59 AM

Wetlands meant different things to different people. I went for the punk & ska shows. Total different scene from the jam bands.

The Bell House started getting amazing bands after Skippy left. If the Rock Band wants to take off, they should learn from the Bell House and dump him.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 1:24 PM

Dear 11:29 your the armpit of the world.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 2:19 PM

11:58 the vegan cheesesteaks are perfect, and I have lived in Philly my whole life and have never had a real cheesesteak.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 2:20 PM

@2:19 - Must be from Philly. Nice grammar, ass. It's you're, not your.

@2:20 - I miss Gianna's!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 2:34 PM

2:34 Have you tried Blackbird?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 3:56 PM

11:29 is probably sad that R5 painted a picture of him

"We are saddened by the news. However we are comforted by the fact that we live in a city of actual people vs 20 something trust fund kids from Idaho now “repping” Brooklyn in their $1800 railroad loft apartment. So maybe it all evens out?"

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 4:11 PM

Look out here comes the grammar Nazis!!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 4:13 PM

How's the hummus in philly? Can anyone recommend a good spot?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 6:52 PM

The hummus in Philly is way better than the hummus in New York, I mean music and hummus in New York come no where close to Philly.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 7:33 PM

Compared to the hummus that can be found in Williamsburg, Philly's hummus is clown shit.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 7:53 PM

The hummus you can get at Whole Foods alone is better than the hummus in Williamsburg, New York you are declining!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 8:24 PM

Plz....Williamsburg has the finest hummus in the world! #actlikeyouknow

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 8:26 PM

Todd P is leaving DIYbooking
and will be the new booker at Mercury Lounge.
Now his baby won't have a DIYbirth.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 9:42 PM

Newark bitches!

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 10:01 PM

Just don't eat at Maoz #shudder#

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 10:01 PM

how's the sausage in philly?

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:03 PM

There is crazy sausage in Philly. It's like if Saint Vitus was a city.

Posted by Anonymous | September 11, 2011 11:36 PM

Sad to note that of all the excellent shows on the Union Transfer site the only one that's sold out is OLD FUTURE....er i mean Odd Future.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 1:21 AM

I saw Oasis & Ani Difranco (not on the same bill)
at The Wetlands. And booked many a band there with the
lovely Chris Zahn.

Posted by pati | September 12, 2011 11:37 AM

the hummus in Jay Belin's lip ring is certainly the worst I've ever tasted!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 11:49 AM

Your hummus jokes are so stupid. I mean just really, really painfully unfunny. All of them in every thread. It is just dumb.

On to seriousness. The Bowery is marching forth with a monopoly
of the east coast and the sheep follow. The "brain" trust behind it are the frat boys that picked on the bands playing there rooms in high school. It amazes me that bands deal with these dick wads. There is no honor in indie rock. The Bowery makes Live Nation look good.

Sad R5 a true diy and awesome company has got in bed with the devil. Truly depressing news. RIP independent shows in Philly.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 11:57 AM

the security at bowery is top notch however

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 1:22 PM

"There is no honor in indie rock."

You're just figuring that out now?

Posted by nygrump | September 12, 2011 1:41 PM

There may be no honor in indie rock, but there is lots and lots of hummus, and that's enough for me. :)

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 2:05 PM

"RIP independent shows in Philly." This statement will never be true, maybe in New York, but not Philly!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 5:42 PM

Fucking Live Nation sweeping through the country and making everything the same generic whitewashed experience. They're like the Motel 6 of live music.

I'm thankful there are still plenty of indie venues and promoters in NYC (although I wouldn't consider Bowery one anymore anyway) - keep supporting the little guys and stay indie, NY!

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 6:04 PM

In case you hadn't noticed 6:04, LiveNation is a joke in NYC. The only thing they can do is book two crappy venues and then steal away BP talent.

Posted by Anonymous | September 12, 2011 6:34 PM

6:04,

You can also thank both companies for the high ticket prices in this city and thank the bands for taking the highest bid.

Posted by Anonymous | September 13, 2011 11:22 AM

PHILLY R5

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 11:23 AM

is Todd P really going to be booking Merc now?

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 6:09 PM

Skippy has always been a dirty player anyhow. Serves him right. What goes around eventually comes around if karma has its way.

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 6:10 PM

TODD P IS BOOKING MEXICO FESTIVALS THAT ARE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AND NON VIOLENT

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2011 6:36 PM

Who's booking Pianos now?

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 12:21 PM

I saw Kool Keith at Wetlands in like 1998 - he's not on their list

Posted by Anonymous | September 16, 2011 2:29 PM

I long for the day I get to do a Sean Agnew R5 show again. I hope I get my settlement in sharpie on the back of an out of date show poster like I did back in the day. Miss ya Sean!

Posted by Lee Cohen | September 16, 2011 7:42 PM

R5 PRODUCTIONS RULES< YOU STINK!

Posted by Anonymous | September 17, 2011 1:21 PM

I like this.

Posted by Greg | February 10, 2014 11:39 AM

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