Posted in music | tour dates | venues on October 4, 2013

The Space at Westbury

While the venue is new, the building itself has a rich history, beginning in 1927, when it opened as the Westbury Movie Theatre. It remained a popular facility until the 1970s, until attendance decreased dramatically. "It really became very, very delapitated, and ultimately closed down," said Michael.

The building's current owner, Cyrus Hakakian, was planning to tear down the building and turn it into retail. But when examining the building's interior, Michael said Hakakian had a change of heart. "He was so impressed with the majesty of this building," Michael said. [LI Herald]

Bowery Presents, who already handle the booking for NYC shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5, and a few other venues on certain occasions (not to mention expanding to Philly, New Orleans, Boston, and South), has now taken on a new Long Island location: The Space at Westbury. Not to be confused with Hamden, CT's The Space, The Space at Westbury is a 1,500-capacity venue located on 250 Post Avenue in Nassau County's Westbury, NY, and it officially opens with its first show tonight (10/4).

Tonight's show is a stop on the Fountains of Wayne, Soul Asylum, Evan Dando tour (which also hits Webster Hall on Saturday). Tickets for tonight's show are available.

Other upcoming shows include Stephen Lynch on 10/11 (tix), Justin Townes Earle on 10/25 (on sale today at noon), Dr. John on 10/26 (tix), Matisyahu on 12/10 (tix), and more.

Check out the full list of upcoming shows here. Tickets to all Space at Westbury shows are available via Ticketmaster.

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Comments (27)

Long Island? Dead market. This will suffer the same fate as the Wellmont. Prepare for more shitty Live Nation bookings in a few years.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 9:27 AM

Whether Bowery Presents is a good thing for NYC is debatable (we're a great city for live music anyways so if anything their quasi-monopoly on "indie" promoted music and fake sellouts may hurt). But it's certainly a good thing for the shithole areas they expand to like Long Island.

I always suspect many of the 'working man' meatheads that post on here are from Long Island. Let's see if there are enough of you to support a decent music space?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 9:59 AM

It could work. 10 minute walk from the train, close to both Hofstra University and Nassau Community College, and far enough from the city that it might actually work as an alternative for people who just don't want to take the trip all the way into the city to see every single show. Wellmont at 2100+ seats was always too big for what it needed to be. 1500 sounds like a much better number IMHO (probably should be a bit smaller even). It's the smaller shows that people from the suburbs hate coming into NYC for, not the bigger ones.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:02 AM

Hipsters live on Long Island too. Maybe not as concentrated as North Brooklyn, but they exist out there. Its good to have a venue out there that Bowery will promote at. The Capitol Theater in Port Chester is doing fine up north. There's no reason why a similar venue with the same promoter wouldn't do well out east as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:09 AM

the people who book the paramount and the westbury music fair are just terrible - like neil sedaka and michael mcdonald terrible - this can only be an improvement

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:20 AM

"shithole areas they expand to like Long Island"

Yeah, nice beaches & big houses. What a shithole. Enjoy your shoebox apt.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:24 AM

@10:09 hipsters do not live on Long Island. Long Islanders are as far from "hip" as you can get. All those college kids who attend hofstra, stony and the other LI colleges are a bunch of posers. But if having this venue means less LI trash wandering around the city then this is a positive development. This coming from a native, str8 from "cop kills Queens"

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:27 AM

you fuckers complain and complain but still go to terminal 5

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:29 AM

i'm neither hip, nor in college, live on LI and hate it to death - its soul crushingly brutal - that said, it'd be nice not having to trek into brooklyn and nyc to see a shows

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:34 AM

As much as I'm sure many of you don't want to admit, you were raised in the suburbs (and possibly grew up on/in Long Island yourselves). The best thing this venue provides isn't so much easy access for lazy LI assholes who don't want to come to the city, but more so an easier opportunity for kids to see live music when they're young and need their parents to drive them to the venue or train station.

Not to mention Bowery Presents books bands many of you circle jerk too, so an extra date in The Space means another chance for you to see them. Possibly with train-fare less than what you'd pay a scalper for.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:42 AM

who you calling lazy? i work 60 hours a week - then add on another 10 for commuting - so not wanting to drive/train it into nyc for a show that starts at 10 or 11, and then get home a 2 or so, and then having to get up 3 hours later - that's not lazy, its just life for schmucks like me - it sucks, and LI sucks, but that's the way it is. It'll be nice not having to do this all the time.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 10:55 AM

Ah, yes. The typical LI-bashing from "real city people" or more likely the Californiyahhhh scarf transplants that pretend to adopt that "real city" mentality, along with their usual false senses of entitlement.

Here's a small memo: You still suck as human beings, as you obviously know deep down anyway, but would never admit to it of course.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 11:23 AM

10:34 - if you hate it to death, why not move?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 11:48 AM

1) you guys are idiots. Living in the city sucks in ways and the suburbs suck in ways. But both have major benefits. Shut up and live your life.

2) If this new venue doesn't book "young" acts and sticks to old westbury music fair type acts..they're screwed. Paramount is proof that good booking pays off and bad bookings get cancelled. That place is bipolar. Revolution is the best LI venue going right now. When there's a decent act...that place rules.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 11:51 AM

11:48 - can't move - family comes first, for better or in this case, for worse

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 11:58 AM

10:27, my point in saying "hipsters live on Long Island too", is that there are people out there that like the same shitty bands as you; indie music fans don't live in a vacuum that only exists in north Brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 12:02 PM

10:42, "lazy" people who have REAL jobs, lives, raise families, etc out on Long Island who, after a 90 minute commute to/from city, don't want to have to stay in the city to see an indie band that they like?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 12:08 PM

long island is the worst place in america. having to live here is hell. most people are f'ing terrible. no one will ever venture out from the city.

people don't show up to see good bands play shows. they show up for mediocre/bad bands from the 90s and good but obscure stuff from the 70s. period.

there are probably enough people on the island keep a venue like this alive, but there is SO much sprawl and such a crappy set of highways that for most folks it's not going to be any more difficult to get to the city than to this venue...

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 12:59 PM

My bad, the people above me didn't use "lazy" they just used "assholes" so I'll take the blame of using it first, but I wasn't using it literally and it's remarkable that the lot of you are hung up on it.

My point was it's not as much of a good thing for LIers OF AGE but a great thing for young music fans who live on LI.

To be honest, when I did live on LI it was EASIER to go to shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn than Long Island. I'm also someone who had 12+ hour days, 4 hour daily commutes. But you choose to do it for one reason or another so you can't complain. Get over yourselves and enjoy the fucking music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 1:04 PM

I grew up in Long Island and went to Stony Brook, it's not so bad.

Posted by D | October 4, 2013 1:36 PM

Yes, the suburbs suck in general but LI is second only to Staten Island as the worst place in the country.

@12:02 I realize that people on Long Island like the "same shitty bands" that suburban losers in the rest of the country like. What makes you think an elitist such as myself you listen to "indie music"?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 1:42 PM

Wow. You guys are a miserable bunch.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 4:01 PM

Long Island is a miserable, banal, vapid, soulless shithole- from the sky it even looks like a bloated turd. Long Island is so horrible it makes NJ look like a province in the south of France. It's filled with ugly miserable soulless creatures, people who aren't even fully realized human beings. It completely lacks any sense of charm, or pleasantness, or refinement. The men are all slimy, greasy, brain damaged meatheads. The womenfolk are fat, retarded skanks, and dumb as a bag of rocks. You can eat better food in a North Korean concentration camp. They have superior schools in Afghanistan. Long Island makes Haiti seem like a trip to Disneyland. The place is so repugnant certain species of cockroaches refuse to live there.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 4:44 PM

4:44 lives paycheck to paycheck in a tiny, shithole apartment in BK because he thinks it makes him look cooler.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 4:47 PM

4:47 lives on Long island.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 5:06 PM

Cafeteria chairs. Are you fucking kidding me?

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 5:56 PM

5:56 On Long Island that is considered high-end furniture. LOL

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2013 6:19 PM

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