Posted in music | venues on May 24, 2012

Cake Shop during NYC Popfest (more by Chris La Putt)

Cake Shop has been a key part of the vibrant New York music scene. Bands both local and from all over the world respect Cake Shop as a launching pad to success. Acts like Surfer Blood, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and many more played some of their first gigs here. In addition to being a venue, we also try to foster a sense of community with our cafe, coffee, teas and, of course, cakes! We even have a hand picked bin of vinyl records from our favorite bands. We set a place up that we wanted to hang out in and luckily, many artists and fans have responded by continually coming in to hang out and support the scene.

Some financial hurdles that all compounded over the past 3 months (including new Real Estate Tax to landlord, added security costs and changes to the forms of ID we are allowed to accept) have caused serious potential of losing our space plus the one time fines and legal fees have caused us to reach out to the fans of live bands to help us keep the music going. We want to remain open and continue to bring you phenomenal emerging talent. That's where you come in. You can pledge to keep Cake Shop going.

We've listed some pretty sweet and unique exclusives that you can pledge for. A number of our longtime friends have graciously offered some truly special things. Everyone will receive a digital download of a compilation tape featuring handpicked songs by us (Cake Shop owners Andy and Nick Bodor and Greg Curley). Included will be some rare and unreleased live gems from the vault.

Once you pledge, you get instant access to a pledger-only part of the site. Here, we'll dig even further into the vault and give you streams of unseen live performances, live downloads and unreleased music from some of our favorite acts. We may even give away the recipe of one of our world-famous woopie pies!

Best of all, a portion of what's raised above our target will go to Musicians on Call, which is an amazing charity that provides live music in hospitals. They're a great organization, so help us help them.

Come be a part of music history as we keep live music vibrant in New York.

While they overcame an urgent financial crisis last month, Lower East Side rock club Cake Shop still needs help and they've started a PledgeMusic campaign and you can help out. There's a variety of donation levels with incentives like being on the guestlist for six months, secret showcases only open to those who donate, and other stuff. Details are at their PledgeMusic page.

In the meantime, Cake Shop's doors stay open. Tonight (5/25) it's Male the Horse and Miniboone and Saturday (5/26) it's Michigan's Bad Indians and the Beets' Juan Wauters solo, and upcoming shows include Iceland's Muck (6/8) and Royal Headache (6/13). You can watch Cake Shop's Pledge Music video below.

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Cake Shop - Pledge Music

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Comments (38)

Not really sure why I or anyone else should give a shit. I mean, it's a cool venue and all but if you can't get your finances in order, I don't see why I and others should have to just give you money on top of going to shows/buying drinks there.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:57 PM

I usually poo-poo this fundraising bullshit... but Cake Shop is an honest venue who does good for music and fans of music. And getting to torture Cake Shop concert-goers with an appalling DJ set for $75? That is a BARGAIN my friends!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:58 PM

Not really sure why I or anyone else should give a shit about what 3:57 has to say.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 3:58 PM

I adore this venue. Everyone I've ever met who has worked there is amazing, they care deeply about new music, and the space sounds really good!

Posted by Thomas (Moskva) | May 24, 2012 4:05 PM

Greg is a great guy. Support these people. I have time and again. Gave me gigs, good coffee, cool tunes

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:06 PM

"Surfer Blood, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and many more played some of their first gigs here."

Going by this list it seems Cake Shop is part of the problem.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:07 PM

Not sure why 3:57 or anyone else should speak for anyone else.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:07 PM

And Amanda Palmer raises $845k on kickstarter. We are all fucked.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:14 PM

4:14pm That's the sorry state underground music is in. That chick is wack.

Posted by D | May 24, 2012 4:20 PM

Move to Brooklyn to a bigger space maybe? The LES gentrification has been going on for a long time anyways. Besides that basement is really small.

Wow Amanda palmer raised that much for her yuke playing? Now thats telling.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:25 PM

You mean her PUKELELE.

Posted by D | May 24, 2012 4:32 PM

Something is really going wrong where so many venues are closing in East Village and Lower East Side due to rent issues - even ones like Cake Shop which do good business and are loved by locals.

Can we get the Occupy people on this? Is there something that can be done legislatively to help small business incentives, keep establishments that add character and value to NYC neighborhoods?

Come on, someone out there with more time on their hands than me needs a cause. This is one you could probably do something with.

Unlike some of Occupy Wall Street's ambitions, like abolishing prison as I saw a huge sign for today in Thompkins Sq Park.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:46 PM

The average bar or restaurant lasts 18 mos. in NYC. Why should poorly run music venues be any different? Locals care about the Cake Shop? Thats laughable.

Donating a $1 to Cake Shop is only delaying the inevitable. Your dollar isn't going towards staff salaries (or even the owners) it'll only go towards paying a beer/liquor distributor or some other vendor.

No one likes desperation. Time to take down the xmas lights and move along.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 4:59 PM

Yeah let's get the Occupy people on this. They know how to get things accomplished!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:05 PM

4:59 really nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 5:09 PM

Can't Jeremy Lin sponsor an egg roll sale to help? #rinsanity

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:42 PM

Cake Shop always sucked

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 6:47 PM

ya fuck cake shop! let's all go to terminal 5 and get wasted!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 8:22 PM

4:59 got word from the Bowery higher ups to "Finish Him." After all, Cake Shop really gets stuck in a corperate behemoth's craw. Little guys can't be tolerated.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 8:30 PM

@830 Actually word came down from my boss at Jelly NYC. Rock Beach for life!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 8:39 PM

chuck baby don't give a ...

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 10:04 PM

Cake Shop is a great venue that has had amazing shows from completely great bands, and often free or cheap - and it has fucking character. There's nothing not to like about the place.

The people who run it are awesome to work with, the bartenders fun - and I've had some of the best times of my life there.

I once ran a show there and had to end it because of career obligations but Cake Shop was generous, fun, and as an audience member and local, it's simply an awesome space.

The people who hate on Cake Shop hate on everything in comments. I guess some people just like shitting on things, all kinds of things. Shit shit everywhere. Pooping. All over. They have problems.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 10:24 PM

Cakeshop is a cool place,people there are sweet,will do my best to help.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2012 11:31 PM

They should definitely consider selling some hummus side orders...
Then before you know it, they will have their finances in order in no time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 12:05 AM

Maybe they should make their shows all ages

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 12:14 AM

cake shop blows. fuck em

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 12:15 AM

They have some great shows its just a smaller basement space. I hope they can stay down there in the LES.
Sometimes you cant "You can't eat your cake, and have it too". Sorry couldnt resist.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 2:24 AM

Bittersweet.
Sara was sad that the guy whom had gotten very close to her in the past 3 years which she held a secret fondness for developed an interest in her best friend, Clare. In conversation with Clare, Sara explained the situation, to which Clare responded.

"You can't have your cake and eat it too."

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 2:52 AM

1st comment = most sense

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 9:41 AM

Are these not the same people that tried and failed with Bruar Falls? Were they not begging for money to keep that going? Perhaps one should attempt to run there business as such, and stop playing DIY punk house...

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 9:45 AM

If you don't support businesses like these, some day all things will be Subway sandwiches and 7-11.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 10:00 AM

Are you saying that if Nick had drank his Captain Morgan Black in moderation, that this wouldn't have happened? I don't know about that. I think some triple-distilled goodness would've helped though.

Posted by BUSHMILLS4LIFE | May 25, 2012 10:21 AM

Wow. That's just complete absurd, 10:08. I'm not sure from where your misguided hate stems, but it could not be farther from the truth.

I've known these guys for years. I've gone to many many shows at Cake Shop, and presented CMJ shows there since 2008.

Cake Shop is an NYC landmark. Its a venue that fits a very much needed niche, offering an established venue for new bands. Andy's booking has always been unique -- I'm amazed at his knownledge of bands. He's also willing to take a chance on bands, something that many venues will not do.

And anyone who's ever met or dealt with Nick knows that he's an extremely nice guy, offering smiles, buy backs and conversation, unlike the sometimes surly attitudes from other LES bars and venues.

I realize I have a personal stake in the outcome of this situation since I want to continue to host CMJ shows there and record other stuff, but really this is a venue that can't go away and I hope people will help them out.


Posted by nyctaper | May 25, 2012 10:25 AM

i bought a dj set. gonna put the below clip on loop - visuals included - and walk out to get tacos, returning every ~45 minutes to make sure it's still going so i get my money's worth.

youtube.com/watch?v=tagGuuVYx9g

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 10:28 AM

Andy, Nick, and Greg are all great guys who brought cool shit to us. Often free or cheap shows that are FUN. SCREW YOU MEAN ASS BITCHES.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 10:31 AM

wow for a bunch of vegans you guys are mean

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 12:04 PM

I hope the best for them literally.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2012 6:37 PM

I love cake.

Posted by jordon | July 30, 2013 2:24 PM

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