Posted in music | venues on June 14, 2013

Wellmont Theatre in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Wellmont Theatre

We recently got the upsetting news that Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell's is closing (check out the venue's final shows) and the more positive news that another NJ venue, Starland Ballroom is re-opening after damages from Hurricane Sandy.

Now there's even more going on in the NJ venue world. It's just been announced that after MGMT's sold-out Wellmont Theatre show, Bowery Presents will no longer be booking the Montclair venue. According to an article on Baristanet and confirmed by us, Live Nation (who book NYC shows at Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre, and more) will now be booking the venue:

Led by Live Nations Club and Theatre Team overseen by Sean Striegel and Jason Stone, Live Nation will be actively looking to present artists. Booked by the New York Team of Sean Striegel, Jason Stone, Jay Belin and Christian McKnight, Live Nation plans to continue to expand on the programming of the venue.
David Byrne & St. Vincent just played one of the last Bowery-booked shows at the venue this past Wednesday (6/12). Check out pictures of that show.



Comments (62)


Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:09 PM

That sucks giant balls. Live Nation books shit bands

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:12 PM

I wish I was there. :)

Posted by anon | June 14, 2013 1:12 PM

LiveNation sucks for booking small and mid-level acts. Wellmont will now get shittier bookings.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:13 PM

Starland Ballroom has to change whoever books their shows, worst fucking bands every year

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:19 PM

no more good bands playing NJ

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:21 PM

SUPER BUMMER. live nation is terrible at the club & theater level. ESPECIALLY in new york.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:23 PM

this can't be a positive

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:28 PM

who wants to go to NJ anyway??

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:35 PM

The Bowery should take over the Maxwells space.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:38 PM

Brace yourselves for a lot more Don Rickles & Ron Delsener puppet shows!

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:38 PM

1:35, um.. people who live there?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:38 PM

Hoboken is a nice place to go to. Can't say the same about the rest of New Jersey.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 1:54 PM

Surprise! Another conglomerate just pushed aside a smaller conglomerate. Whoa, the world works in mysterious ways.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 2:09 PM

Live Nation does a shitty job booking Irving Plaza and Gramercy Theater is a total joke. It will be a shame to see a nice venue like the Wellmont get such bad bookings.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 2:10 PM

That's what Bowery Presents gets for working with those corporate scum suckers at Live Nation.
The only decent thing Ron Delsener was ever involved with was the Schaeffer Music Festival in Central Park. Other than that, he has been the anti-Bill Graham as far as the NY concert scene goes.
Delsener, Clear Channel, Live Nation-they're all the same

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 2:12 PM

I don't like corporate hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 2:42 PM

It was good while it lasted. Guess I'll be hitting the Cap from now on.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 2:43 PM

This should remove the temptation to travel to NJ to shows. It'll probably mean Bowery Presents books the same acts, just in the five boroughs. Sounds like a win to me.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 3:19 PM

ugh this fucking blows

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 3:38 PM

3:19, not a win. Bowery Presents will simply book those acts at T5.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 3:42 PM

nothing to see here, back to your previously scheduled programming...sheep

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 3:58 PM

F Live Nation and Ticketmaster. Off to the Cap or doucheland (Brooklyn) to see anything decent.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 4:45 PM

Delsener is a joke now. Live Nation just keeps him around because of his name. He's the old guy who won't go home.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 5:06 PM

Live Nation NYC can eat shit for barely/rarely booking unsigned local/area bands to open their shows and for not opening a 300-450 capacity venue in Manhattan.

I dislike Bowery Presents because they're just a wannabe Live Nation NYC but one thing I will give them is they support unsigned local/area bands so much they have a physical address where bands can mail them music for booking consideration. Live Nation NYC? No physical address and the only way one would know who exactly books their shows is if they're mentioned in articles like this one.

Posted by D | June 14, 2013 7:22 PM

Live Nation can suck my balls. Live Nation (under Irving Azoff) was largely influential in jacking up the ticket prices to the astronomical rates they are at now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 7:46 PM

154 Where exactly have you been to? Camden, Newark, Paterson? There are actually very nice parts of NJ once you get away from NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 9:26 PM

722 Why have unsigned bands that no one has heard of open shows? So no one at all comes early to shows? That's what local bars are for. I live in NJ but would still rather see shows in the city.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 9:37 PM

Sucks that's it's Live Nation but I'm glad it's still going to be open and operating.
Hopefully I can still squeeze one or two good shows out of the venue per year.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 10:28 PM

Hey 9:37pm aka Dumbass/Clueless

Why have unsigned bands that no one has heard of open shows?

So they can get exposure (kmown), signed, and become support and headliners.

You do know almost EVERYONE began as an unsigned band, right?

Posted by D | June 14, 2013 10:30 PM

Live Nation is the reason why no one will be listening to rock in 10/15 years. Culture killers. Hey at least the grand kids will be richer then ever.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 10:44 PM

Bowery Present's upcoming Bob Dyaln show in NJ (Fri, Jul 26 $75.50) was about the same price as the Bob Dylan Live Nation at Jones Beach ( Full Price Ticket Price US $73.90). The more people presenting shows the better for people who go to shows.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2013 10:58 PM

1030 How does that help promoters? I've probably seen over 2000 concerts over 35 years and I can remember maybe 5 openers that I had never heard of. Usually I just arrive late if the opener does not interest me especially if I have a seat. Now that everyone has cell phones and the net, that has become the norm. Years ago they used have more known bands on the same bill but that is very rare these days. Illegal downloading, making it harder for bands to make a living and having to depend more on playing live is part of the problem.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 12:13 AM

1044 Would you like to explain your logic? People said the same thing when disco came onto the scene, then when dj's got popular and when hip hop topped the charts. Last I looked rock bands still sell a lot of concert tix.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2013 1:43 AM


How does booking unsigned local bands help promoters? Simple: book a really good one who has paid dues (couple of records and self-booked tours, steady amount of NYC shows), someone takes notice, signs them, they blow up to middle-draw status, some of them to headliner status.

You can't remember five openers you've never heard of? Then you are obviously someone who never really followed music, just who the headliner was / who was big.

Let's look at NYC bands. Living Colour, Biohazard, Type-O Negative, and White Zombie all began as openers. All four bands put out at least one platinum album. Living Colour won two Grammys and White Zombie put out at least two multiplatinum albums. If you throw in Anthrax and Helmet that's six bands from NYC alone who put out at least one Gold album and one album on a major label. Throw in Prong and that's EIGHT NYC bands who put out at least one album on a major label.

Here are other bands from NYC you chose not to check out who were openers and blew up: The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, Lady Gaga (LG set up her own shows by herself.)

Posted by D | June 15, 2013 5:37 AM


Disco, DJs, and hip-hop/rap all had cultures who changed with the times behind it.

Rock has no culture behind it now. It's the dinosaurs and the virtual unknowns with very little middle ground in between and that's just how Live Nation NYC and beyond want it.

Look at NYC. On any given night you will see at least two to as many as five shows at 500-capacity and up venues. You would be lucky to see one unsigned local opening the show. When you don't support unsigned locals, you kill the cycle of rock. If no one can open for (insert headliner), no one has a chance to play in front of larger audiences to gain fans to become bigger themselves, and that means less bands blowing up and more reliance on the old.

Live Nation NYC could care less about the unsigned local who formed last year yet has put out a demo and a 7" and played 25 shows in the city and area because they have enough dinosaurs from before 2000 to draw from.

Btw if rock was thriving as you think it is how come there isn't ONE rock show on the level of 120 Minutes or Headbanger's Ball on mainstream tv? Are there any shows like that on mainstream tv or even MTV now? No. I'll take 1993 over 2013 any day of the week.

Posted by D | June 15, 2013 5:50 AM

*SEVEN bands from NYC who put out at least one album on a major label each, but still eight if you throw in 24-7 Spyz, a dozen if you throw in them, Sick Of It All, Orange 9mm, Into Another, and Quicksand.

Granted Orange 9mm and Quicksand were propped and hyped from day one but they were still bands with just one ep and a few shows under their belts each before being signed to majors. Sick Of It All existed for I wanna say seven years before being signed by East West/Elektra, Into Another four before being signed to Hollywood Records.

Somewhere along the line the big NYC promoter stopped supporting unsigned locals. Bowery Presents is the only one who is doing that but it's not enough or maybe it's because Live Nation NYC and AEG Live aren't following suit. Live Nation has all this money yet they have yet to open a smaller capacity venue, say one as big as Mercury Lounge - why? Cuz it's not profitable enough for them cuz they're all about money and nothing else.

Posted by D | June 15, 2013 6:00 AM

Scared to reply to me? Hahahaha.


Posted by D | June 16, 2013 11:23 AM

^ no. I am king of Brooklyn Vegan comments.

Posted by The Original Hummus Guy. | June 16, 2013 11:34 AM

You are a fucking played out one trick pony.

"Oh look at me, invoking hummus into every BV article."


Posted by D | June 17, 2013 10:54 AM

D lives in Queens where there is very little hummus. How could he possibly understand?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 11:39 AM

D in Camden lets meet for a beer and discuss!

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 12:26 PM

DING! DING! DING! We have a clueless about Queens jackass.

Queens has a HUGE Greek and Middle Eastern population with many restaurants serving food with hummus, thus hummus is everywhere, besides that hummus is sold all over NYC.

I don't live in Queens - you should read up on it before you post something so ridiculous, transplant from (state outside of NY or NY town outside of NYC including Yonkers.)

Camden? Mail me a bulletproof helmet and a Kevlar vest and I'll consider it haha.

Posted by D | June 17, 2013 1:41 PM

^nope. There is a little hummus in Ridgewood, but almost none in the rest of Queens. There is no hummus in Staten Island or the Bronx. Try and keep up D.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 2:04 PM

^ I once ordered some hummus in Astoria, but I found the pita triangles to be bland and a tad undercooked.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 2:42 PM

Hummus is sold in every supermarket and deli in NYC. You lose, and get some new material, Clueless.

Posted by D | June 17, 2013 3:06 PM

2:42 the hummus in Astoria is that which is not of a high enough quality to be served in Manhattan or North Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 3:08 PM

Shut the fuck up.

Posted by D | June 17, 2013 3:13 PM

D, what the hummus scene like at C-Town?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 3:25 PM

C-Town...get some new material you broken-record fuck. And get the fuck out of these comments. You add nothing to them whatsoever.

Posted by D | June 17, 2013 3:48 PM

Ahh, bummer. I am actually moving out to Montclair in a few months and one of the reasons I justified being out in the burbs is that they at least had a decent music venue. Agree with the above that Live Nation has no idea on how to book small/medium veunues. I predict a few hip-hop shows there, followed by public outcry from the NIMBYS when large crowds of Newark heads flow out onto Bloomfield Ave after shows.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 5:57 PM

C-Town never offers the higher grade brands of hummus. Perhaps they will have Wakim's brand but you won't find an organic blend or higher end lines like Bobbi's. (It's mostly ghetto hummus)

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 6:16 PM

D... Do you have a favorite hummus brand? I imagine your a sabra kinda guy, but do you have a blend that you enjoy most? Like the roasted red pepper or the garlic maybe?

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 6:20 PM

Keep making yourself look like a fool.

New material asshole.

Posted by D | June 17, 2013 6:31 PM

^ there is no need for this "new material" you speak of.

Hummus is a 2000 year old delicacy and the ingredients have never changed... The hummus underground that resides here on BV will remain. You should join us D. The Phyto-Nutrients will give you more gusto at all the hardcore shows you attend as well.

Posted by Anonymous | June 17, 2013 7:01 PM

Oh yes there is a need.

Fuck off.

Posted by D | June 17, 2013 11:48 PM

Dear D,
As a prominent member of the Hummus Underground, I feel your negative attitude towards the chickpeas is unfounded and without warrant. Did you have a bad hummus experience in the past?
We understand that this may happen on occasion, and although nearly every hummus dish is generally fantastic, we understand that an occasional mishap does occur. But don't let one bad hummus platter make you hesitant towards the entire chickpea-based lifestyle... Give it another chance, and hopefully I will see you doing some hip-thrust based dance moves at a concert in the near future with some pita crumbs on your goatee.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2013 12:45 AM

Can you imagine how much more change D could pick up in the pit if he embraced the Phyto-Nutrients found in the chickpea?

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2013 1:12 AM

I feel bad for D, he seems really unhappy.

Posted by other guy who's name starts with 'D' and doesn't wanna be confused with D | June 18, 2013 1:13 AM

Man do I wish I were there, kills me to know I use to live like 15 minutes away´╗┐ from the Wellmont Theater :(

Great video nonetheless \m/

Posted by Josie | September 22, 2013 4:40 AM

I can't tell, it might be auto tune, but more than likey it's the combination of delay/reverb and his tendency to "slide" up into a note. The reason I doubt that it's auto tune is like Iruparazzo said, the autotune would affect every noise he makes, and you'd definitely notice autotune with all the times his voice gives out or cracks

Posted by Saniya | June 16, 2014 4:36 AM

I was there about 10 feet from the stage! who's the drummer that played for both mgmt and kuroma?

Posted by Erika | October 4, 2014 9:15 AM

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