Posted in music | venues on October 1, 2012

Kennys

As we mentioned, legendary West Village music club Kenny's Castaways is closing its doors forever, and their final show is going down TONIGHT (10/1/2012). It's a free show starting at 8pm and will feature sets by Willie Nile and The Smithereens, as the NY Times also points out:

In the early 1970s, Willie Nile, a singer and songwriter who had recently moved to New York, went uptown to check out Kenny's. He said he recognized a young man with a scruffy beard sitting at the bar: Bruce Springsteen, who had just released his first record, "Greetings From Asbury Park," played some of his first New York shows at Kenny's.

"When you walk in there, you can feel the years, you can feel the presence of all these wanderers, visionaries and dreamers who came in there," said Mr. Nile, who was signed to Arista Records in 1980 after impressing the record executive Clive Davis with a set at Kenny's. Mr. Nile, along with the Smithereens, will be on the club's farewell bill on Monday night.

Who knows who else might show up, though nothing else is being promised.

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Comments (30)

As BV slyly hints at, Springsteen will in fact be performing tonight. Not sure if it's on his own with the E Street Band or playing with Willie Nile.

It is happening though

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 4:27 PM

^says Anonymous

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 4:33 PM

Backsteets does not mention anything, who knows, he is on break from the last this tour though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 4:58 PM

Also, most of Patti Smith's band is in the Smithereens...she is on break until the 8th for Young...who knows...hope NYCtaper is there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 5:01 PM

Backstreets is not going to mention it you twit. It is a surprise hush hush performance.

And most of Patti's band is not in the Smithereens.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 5:06 PM

People care about Kenny's now?

Good place, lots of history, but their booking never ventured into the 21st century. They still thought they were in the '70s and '80s when bar bands ruled.

RIP and thanks for the good times.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 5:07 PM

believe me, Springsteen is not showing up. There is no way in hell that if he was planned to do a secret hush hush appearance, it would be able to be kept this secret.

Funny, It is apparently so secret that no one anywhere has mentioned it, and yet amazingly, YOU, an anonymous troll on this message board has the info. gimme a break.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 5:09 PM

I fI had a dollar for every time Springsteen was expected at a small club connected with his history and didn;t show up I'd be a rich dude.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 5:11 PM

No Springsteen.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 5:12 PM

YES! @537 and 5:11

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 5:45 PM

Line out the door.

Oh wait, that's not really happening. Just like Springsteen.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 6:05 PM

Wow. I was there a small handful of times in the '90s and didn't feel all this history. Mainly I felt like leaving because whover was playing was awful.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 6:10 PM

@6:10 you could say the same about CBGB

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 6:32 PM

Yeah. Even though the booking was mostly awful
at CBGB in the 90's too, I still felt like I was in the place where good shit happened. Maybe it's a generational thing or because I fucking hate hippies, but Kenny's never gave me the feel of anything but a lame tourist bar in the village that had shitty live music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 1, 2012 7:04 PM

I played there one time. It was the first show I had ever played in the city with a rock group. I got paid 2 beers. I don't play with the guy who got us the gig anymore because he was mean to his wife and kid who would show up at practice and he would change arrangements of tunes mid song.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 10:49 AM

thanks for sharing 10:49

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 10:56 AM

One time in band camp..

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 11:34 AM

really cool story, bro

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 11:45 AM

Well... Did Bruce show up?...

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 11:58 AM

yes. The night went down like this.....

9pm Willie Nile w/band

10:30 The Smithereens

1am second set w/Willie Nile and special guest Bruce Springsteen

2:30 am Patti Smith and Band with members of the Smithereens

3:45 am Aerosmith

4:30 am Kiss

5:30 am The Ny Dolls

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:09 PM

you must have left early, dylan did a sunrise set from 6:15-7. that was actually the highlight, sorry you missed it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 12:12 PM

Hendrix Hologram 7:15-8am closed it out. Didn't really like it...

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 2:00 PM

8:30 am The Modern Weepers played.

Posted by Anonymous | October 2, 2012 2:02 PM

Truly a sad fact to hear... I played over 170 shows there,and considered Pat Kenny family. I always referred to him as 'Uncle Pat'. I always felt like I was comming home each time I walked through the door. I remain greatly privileged, and honored to have known all that were in my eyes, 'The Kennys' Castaway family'. You will forever have the biggest part of this musicians heart, and will always rock Bleeker St. Cheers ~

Posted by BILLY KOHOUT | October 2, 2012 4:28 PM

I'm laughing at the frowny baby in the picture and all of the people who take him and his band seriously.

Posted by Yahoo Registration | November 25, 2012 4:00 AM

It's no wonder it closed. This was a blues/singer songwriter venue. I had met Pat Kenny many times over the years and he was adamant that the place was continue in the same vein. He would pull the plug on any band that didn't cut it, in mid song if he felt like it.

After he passed I went in for a beer one night and some arsewipe was rapping hiphop shite on the stage. I knew there and then that it was all over and the doors would be closing. Shame the way it was left to disintegrate.

Posted by Anonymous | May 21, 2013 8:15 PM

they do great shows.

Posted by mike | July 14, 2013 3:31 PM

sucks it's the final show but what are you going to do.

Posted by mike | July 14, 2013 3:31 PM

Good riddance to Kenny's Castaways and Maxwell's for not supporting hardcore punk and metal.

Hopefully as many small Manhattan live music venues will close down as possible as none of them supporting hardcore punk and metal either.

How 'bout CBGB reopen in the Kenny's Castaways space? Oh wait, they're too busy selling overpriced t-shirts and putting on bad music festivals.

Posted by D | July 14, 2013 5:32 PM

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