Posted in music | venues on December 5, 2012

by Bill Pearis

people at Zebulon for an El Guincho show in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Zebulon

Rumors have been floating around for a while, but now it's official: Williamsburg venue Zebulon, which has always been a great place for world music and jazz, as well as local and touring bands (including being the home of Grizzly Bear's first show in 2004) for about a decade (and almost never charged admission), will be closing its doors for good after their show this Sunday (12/9). The press release (via Zebulon's facebook) reads:

On Sunday, Dec 9 Zebulon will be closing its doors after ten exciting years of pioneering music and arts. Williamsburg has changed significantly since we opened, and unfortunately it is no longer possible today to continue the business in the manner in which it was conceived. Nevertheless, it's been a great run. We are proud to have given many celebrated artists a chance to play in an intimate setting or develop their sound in readiness for a larger audience. Zebulon has employed and supported struggling artists and their families, connected them to a wider musical community in New York and given them a stage on which to experiment. This is our final week so if you haven't been down in a while, please come and say hello/wave goodbye, and pay your respects to this gem of an institution. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for news of our next endeavors and adventures!
Major bummer for the neighborhood. The block Zebulon is on (Wythe between Metropolitan and N. 3rd) has changed drastically in the last two years: the bike club/repair shop, such a fixture for longer than I've lived in the neighborhood ('98),  is now a surf shop, and long-running diner Relish is now an very busy (and overpriced) Mexican place. Zebulon was the last holdout on the block from the early '00s Williamsburg expansion and will be sincerely missed.

The schedule of upcoming shows for Zebulon's final week (including Mike Wexler, Colin Stetson, Hubble and more) is below.

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Wednesday, December 5
Mike Wexler
Daniel Carter/Joanne Hsieh
DJ Mike Wolf (De Stijl)

Thursday, December 6
Colin Stetson
Sarah Neufeld
Holly Miranda
Lone Wolf
and friends

Friday, December 7
Shahzad Ismaily
Garrett Devoe
Baye Kouyate

Saturday, December 8
A play by Dome Theater
Hiro Kone & Drew McDowall
Nymph

Sunday, December 9
Hubble

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Comments (37)

What's the over/under on the space being turned into an oyster and sports bar?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:29 PM

"Williamsburg has changed significantly since we opened, and unfortunately it is no longer possible today to continue the business in the manner in which it was conceived"


Understatement of the decade.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:29 PM

What's up fat Malkmus?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:38 PM

I used to spend a lot of time over in that area, Relish was the shit. So was Cokie's.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:41 PM

I really liked that place. Nice vibe when it wasn't jam packed (and sometimes when it was). Got laid there at least 3 or 4 times over the years.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:44 PM

Really sad news was an ace place!

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:47 PM

el guincho needs to come back. he is awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:49 PM

That sucks. Definitely had some great dance parties in that place. Best of luck if you open up somewhere else...you should. First wave of gentrification being pushed out by the second wave.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:51 PM

This is practically the longest string of positive string of comments I've ever seen on BV.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:51 PM

Thank you transplants.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:51 PM

IS THAT THE GIRL FROM THE EVERYMEN?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 4:51 PM

4:44, did you actually get laid in the venue? Or met someone there, went somewhere else and got laid?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:02 PM

Thank you Jef & Jocelyn for many many amazing years!

Posted by (((unartig))) | December 5, 2012 5:05 PM

^ Probably neither. Loser talking out of his ass

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:06 PM

oh dude im gonna move to chill as fuck hip williamsburg and live on top of this killer bar! oh dude, could you guys please stop making noise? I'm gonna call the cops.

DOUCHBAGGERY AT ITS HIGHEST

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:23 PM

Amazing memories and had some amazing jams there. Thank you J/J and Zebulon!

Posted by Burg | December 5, 2012 5:23 PM

523 nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:27 PM

no grimes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:57 PM

Fiefdom, except swap "fief" for "scarf".

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 5:59 PM

Why does that chick have male pattern baldness?

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 6:49 PM

5:23 def nailed it because that's exactly what happened. Some asshat who lives in the condos next door who had an in with the police called the cops on them every night, and got them 4 noise tickets in 10 days. Why the FUCK would you move next to a bar??? Go burn in hell you asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 7:06 PM

They wouldn't have been issued tickets if they weren't breaking the law

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 7:40 PM

Why do so many men have that chick pattern baldness

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 7:40 PM

the space would be great for a starbucks

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 7:53 PM

let's be honest - Relish was also overpriced.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 8:18 PM

that place would be great for shooting up drugs and making vegan tacos.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 12:19 AM

relished sucked...

boohoo, a bunch of french guys with a "noble savage" african fetish will have to go somewhere else...

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 12:20 AM

you can't compare Relish to Zebulon. Zebulon was an institution, a venue, a story, while Relish was just an average to not so good fast food restaurant.

Posted by marija | December 6, 2012 1:02 AM

special place. sorry to see it go. we had a wonderful November residency. never forget it.
Ed Askew

Posted by Ed Askew | December 6, 2012 1:03 AM

this sucks. best place to see you friend's bands play.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 1:11 AM

Nothing pleases or amuses me more than gentrifiers whining about subsequent gentrifiers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 5:56 AM

I lived in the area in the early 2000's when Zebulon opened and it was a decent venue with some good bands. Relish was gross.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:31 AM

Yes, the neighborhood has changed a lot in just 10 years.

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 9:34 AM

I agree, I have watched my little boy grow into a man

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 1:11 PM

i had hangover brunch at relish many times

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 1:44 PM

Will miss the sandwiches and obscure acts with video projection, seems like every time I visit the old hood there are more and more "investors" walking around, wtf. I cant even park there no mo,
I miss late night sushi at Planet Thai. Getting Laid in the bathrooms at Galopagos and meeting weird writers at Stain and last but not least the old Sweetwater that had the best jukebox in the burg.

Frequent burger pioneer

1997-2010

My finger prints on the berg are fading and all my tags in the bathrooms must be washed away by now. When Did being so groovy turn itself inside out. Mabey when the old man at the Charlston passed away and his son sold the place and took with him every damn fixture in the bar?

Posted by 2Bee or not 2b | December 8, 2012 10:57 AM

one word yes.

Posted by james | June 21, 2013 1:55 PM

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