Posted in music on August 16, 2012

by Bill Pearis

photo via Kenny's Castaways

Greenwich Village music scene landmark Kenny's Castaways will close "on or about" September 30 after 45 years in business. Though it's glory days were long gone, the club has played host to New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith among many more, was the location of Phish's first NYC show and the supposed location where Joey Ramone met Dee Dee. They occasionally still got a notable show -- Allo Darlin' played there during CMJ 2010 -- but, like much of the Bleecker St. scene of old, Kenny's days as a rock destination have been over for a while. Still, it's sad to see a bit of history go.

After Kenny's closes, it will become a new restaurant/music venue reportedly called Carroll Place, which is what that block of Bleecker used to be known as in the 1800's and that address has been a pub of some sort since around that time. So if you near there in the next six weeks, maybe stop in, have a beer, check out the memorabilia on the walls and say goodbye.

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Comments (36)

Bleecker.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:07 PM

Ahhh that's too bad. Always loved the view looking down on the band from the upper level area. Stopping by for a beer is in order.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:08 PM

I've played there a few times. Great place, good bartenders, good soundman, but no focus. The booker would take anyone that can guaranteed a crowd. Never an attempt to book a touring band. It's a shame really, the location was good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:11 PM

Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:18 PM

well, Old Navy wants a hip spot to sell cargo shorts and flip flops.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:18 PM

That's a bummer. =/

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:21 PM

Bummer. RIP.

Posted by Drugs D | August 16, 2012 3:21 PM

Nobody cared 20 minutes ago. Not news.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:27 PM

it's sad to see places like this closing up shop, bummer.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:30 PM

Anyone remember when Pete Best played there as "Best of the Beatles"

laaaaaame.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:32 PM

don't pretend you care about this.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:44 PM

First NYC venue Phish ever played!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:47 PM

Bleeker Street has been dead for a long time. Get over it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:50 PM

i saw ben harper there a few years back, that was kinda cool actually

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:53 PM

The only destination on bleeker street worth going to is Mamouns.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:58 PM

One more Phish show, PLEASE!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 3:59 PM

sad news but this place was so stinky. like a gym sock.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 4:01 PM

"Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."

HAHA!!!

Posted by bryontreece | August 16, 2012 4:32 PM

Mamoun's is on MacDougal.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 4:34 PM

Kenny's was located on the Upper East Side in the early '70s.
The Dolls played there, and a lot of great blues musicians performed there. I remember seeing Willie Dixon play Kenny's sometime around 1974.
When they moved to the Village, musicians like the Roches, Steve Forbert, etc were mainstays.

Posted by Jeff | August 16, 2012 4:36 PM

Vaya con dios, dirty hippies.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 4:53 PM

No black people ever went to this place.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 5:02 PM

Place was still always packed. Must be getting jacked hard on rent if they can't afford to stay open.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 5:04 PM

Who cares, that place sucked like every other crap-o bleeker bar. Bridge and tunnel crowd, euro trash, frat boys, big whoop. Real cultural epi-center.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 6:04 PM

The rising rents in NYC are making the entire city into one big strip mall for a bunch of wankers to shop in.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 6:26 PM

Remember when a counter culture was born around there?

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 10:29 PM

Rockin' Daddy is bummed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2012 10:54 PM

i used to live on bleeker and never, not once, was motivated to step inside that place. frat boy stronghold. meaningless. goodbye. same could be said for that entire neighborhood. a knot of annoying/oblivious tourists, entitled nyu'ers, and other assorted douche baggeries. no, wait, that's the entire LES, too. and williamsburg. aw, geez. hate to say it, but philly's got a far better music scene and so fewer eurotrashing tourists to contend with. philly it is!

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 9:39 AM

lol philly

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 9:51 AM

not that Kenny's really mattered anymore - but this is just another sign of the SUCK that has taken over NYC.. even compared to the early 00's - let alone time previous - it's pure shopping mall now..

Posted by Anonymous | August 17, 2012 1:09 PM


The Heaves LIVE IN CONCERT !!!

Friday September 7, 2012

11:00pm - ???

3 Sets !!!

Kenny's Castaways

157 Bleecker Street

(between Sullivan & Thompson Street)


www.kennyscastaways.net
FREE HEAVES MUSIC BELOW !!

http://www.sonicbids.com/2/EPK/?epk_id=53828#audio

Posted by Jimmy | September 7, 2012 10:53 AM

I saw Jonathan Edwards ("Sunshine") play here back in the day. These venues are an anachronism unfortunately. Everyone is focused on big bucks, big acts, tens of thousands of fans, etc. Think Madison Square Garden. If you want this kind of venue, go to Williamsburg.

Posted by Rock Me | September 16, 2012 7:52 PM

No matter how much people dump and complain, the place has atmosphere. I saw a great couple of shows here and even more bad ones, but loved the feeling of the place.

Posted by brian | September 28, 2012 9:41 AM

Bleecker Street. NOT Bleeker. But yes, the street is becoming bleaker.

Posted by Deborah Blau | October 1, 2012 9:58 AM

Ha! Yes, as much as Bleecker street sucks now, so does South Street in Philly. It's happening all over the place, not just here in NYC. The culture has changed and not for the better. South Street is just a a shell of what it used to be. and not cool anymore at all either.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 6:06 PM

I'm glad that the space will still be used for something. In my city we have all these old buildings that people could put to good use. Instead they just sit there and take up space. Then people complain that they shouldn't be destroyed because they are part of the history of the city. History or not businesses need places to provide their services.

Posted by ontario honey | November 17, 2012 11:03 AM

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