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May 28, 2015

The Living Room's "Rooftop Oasis (via / via)
Living Room
Living Room

Ex-LES venue The Living Room, which now resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, opened a new outdoor bar and lounge on their roof last week, complete with DJs.

May 11, 2015

Riis Park

The people behind Brooklyn Night Bazaar (which coincedentally just got word it has to close), announce Riis Park Beach Bazaar:

We are proud to announce that the National Park Service has granted Brooklyn Bazaar a 5 year lease to develop programming, food, and beverage services at Jacob Riis Park Beach beginning Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 23) 2015. Just as the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a new take on the traditional flea market, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will reimagine the beach experience on Jacob Riis Park's historic and pristine waterfront. We look forward to hosting abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food, and drinks, which when combined with the sea and sun, will result in a New York beach experience unlike any other.
Most importantly, they say "Riis Park Beach Bazaar will continue our tradition of FREE concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon." Shows are being promised through the end of September, but meanwhile only a few shows are announced, including this:
Noisey/VICE presents
5/30
Iron Chic
Soda Bomb
Somerset Thrower
DJ Mathcore

5/31
Laura Stevenson
Slingshot Dakota
Vagabond
Double Trouble Double Dragon DJ's

UPDATE: Some previously-announced Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows, such as Cheap Girls and Old Gray, were moved to Riis Park Beach Bazaar. Those and more on the full initial schedule, and much more information on what they'll have there, below...

Continue reading "Riis Park Beach Bazaar coming to Rockaways (with free concerts every weekend, food, shopping & more)"

Bazaar
Bazaar
photos: Brooklyn Night Bazaar (more by Greg Cristman)

Brooklyn Night Bazaar's landlord let them know that a new tenant is taking over their Brooklyn space and they need to be out by June 1st. The Greenpoint music venue, food and shopping space, where shows are usually free, still has a few shows coming up though.

RSVP is open for a 5/14 Skaters and Team Spirit show presented by DoNYC and Jack Daniels.

Breakdown Brass Band headline on 5/15.

A Place to Bury Strangers is 5/16.

Priests and Perfect Pussy are 5/22 and 5/23, part of a Time Out presented weekend that you can buy an "Ultimate pass" for.

For just $35, the Ultimate pass provides you and a friend with expedited entry to skip the line, and four beers from the Brooklyn Night Bazaar beer garden (choose from Sixpoint Brewery, Budweiser and Narragansett). Dinner for two is included, consisting of five complimentary tastings from Brooklyn Night Bazaar's standout food trucks and carts, including Oaxaca Taqueria, Crafty 'Cue, Brooklyn Crab, Daly Pie and more.

Plus, receive a free game of black-light mini golf or table tennis, and score access to our VIP area for the Time Out Live music showcase so you can get up close to the bands. Copious eats, free-flowing booze and two bills packed full of cutting-edge rock? Your weekend is made.

The Jeff Rosenstock show for 5/30 is cancelled.

UPDATE: Here's a statement from the venue:

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be vacating its home of almost 2 years as of June 1. The building owner of 29 Norman Avenue has reached a deal with a large multinational company that included an enormous rent increase we could not possibly match. While we are excited to be starting our inaugural summer Riis Park Beach Bazaar this Memorial Day weekend, we are saddened and extremely disappointed to lose a space we built from the ground up and poured our heart and soul into over the years. In the end, the ever skyrocketing cost of Brooklyn real estate was something that made staying at this location an impossibility.

A big shout out and thanks to all the incredible bands, rad vendors, killer food stands, creative artists, great staff, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors that made BKNB a truly unique and special place. We'll miss you all.

We are continuing to look at new spaces for the next incarnation of Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This is the third time since 2011 we've been booted out of somewhere for someone bigger with a shit ton more money. It sucks, but that's what happens when you're a DIY business in 2015 NYC. But we'll come back, we always do.

The last BKNB shows will be May 22 and May 23.

Nice knowing you Brooklyn Night Bazaar, but welcome Riis Park Beach Bazaar by the same people, but in the Rockaways!

UPDATE 2: Apparently BMW is moving in to the space.

May 8, 2015

at the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street in Williamsburg...

National Sawdust

The non-profit National Sawdust, formerly known as Original Music Workshop, is pleased to announce that its highly anticipated, state-of-the-art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn venue will open this fall. Adopting the name of the factory once housed within the century-old building's shell, the $16 million, 13,000-square-foot space will welcome the public for an inaugural season beginning in October. National Sawdust also revealed today the diversity of world-class artists and composers who are working with the venue's Creative and Executive Director, composer Paola Prestini, to curate the space, and announced the inaugural season's artists- and groups-in-residence and partners. Programming and dates will be announced this summer, with tickets on sale in July.

In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust, located at North 6th Street and Wythe Avenue in the heart of Williamsburg, is founded upon a singular, expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres with a setting in which they can flourish, and a place where they are given commissioning support, mentoring and other critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work. It will be a resource not only for the community of musicians, but also for audiences in search of remarkable musical experiences--serious fans and casual listeners alike--at accessible ticket prices. National Sawdust will also offer progressive public programs and educational initiatives.

Designed by Brooklyn-based studio Bureau V, with acoustic design by Arup, National Sawdust is housed within the preserved shell of a century-old, two-story building. The intimate concert venue combines the crafted sensibility of an historic European concert hall with the flexibility of a contemporary, dynamic performance space.

Paola Prestini said, "It's a dream come true, and a rare opportunity, for me to lead a place like National Sawdust as a young composer. I am excited to be in turn creating a venue curated by--and focused on providing vital mentoring, space and support to--so many other still-nascent artists. I look forward to sharing the thrill of their creations and discoveries with audiences."

As the press release quoted above points out, new nonprofit Brooklyn venue National Sawdust will open October 1 on the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street in Williamsburg.

In addition to Paola Prestini, curators at the venue include The National's Bryce Dessner, contemporary composer Nico Muhly, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, Baby's All Right/Elvis Guesthouse's Billy Jones, and more. Artists/groups in residence will include Wilco's Glenn Kotche, the ACME ensemble, indie bands Givers and Hessismore, and more. Other partners include American Composers Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and Pitchfork's Brandon Stosuy who will present and co-curate concerts at the venue too.

More curators, artists in residence and partners are listed, via the press release, below...

Continue reading "National Sawdust is a new Brooklyn venue opening in October (Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, Billy Jones & more curating)"

May 7, 2015

College Street Music Hall

New Haven's historic Palace Theatre has reopened as College Street Music Hall. "Located in the heart of College Street in downtown New Haven's arts and entertainment district, CSMH joins the scene as the hub for live music performance in New Haven and all of Southern New England. The theater will feature multi-capacity configurations for up to 2000 patrons, with a seated balcony and the option of the orchestra level being either standing room or seated." The collaboration between Manic Productions and Premier Concerts opened over the weekend with concerts by Lyle Lovett & John Haitt, and a Pink Floyd tribute show (complete with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra).

Things continue at the CT venue this Saturday (5/9) with 'Pete & Pete' band Polaris and indie duo Mates of State. The venue's current list of upcoming shows is listed below...

Continue reading "College Street Music Hall takes over Palace Theater space in New Haven, CT (Polaris, Mates of State, Decemberists, WHITESNAKE & more on initial schedule)"

May 5, 2015

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Todd P's venue Trans Pecos is definitely do it yourself, but now it's also fully legit, having finally gotten its liquor license last week:

Our liquor license specifically includes all areas of our building, including our cafe and basement, and our huge, gorgeous patio, so you can take your drink outside -plus- we'll be hosting outdoor happenings on the patio this summer!

This marks the final achievement of Trans-Pecos' 2-year project to create a fully-licensed, "legal"/"legit," all ages, and independent music venue focused on intellectual/"experimental" music genres, that also serves as a daytime community-use facility opening our doors at no charge to like-minded community service charities seeking classroom, workshop, and event space.

We're super proud of how far we've come, rising from the ashes of 9-15 Wyckoff's big shutdown 3 1/2 years ago, and a little over a year since the closing of 285 KENT.

Congrats, Trans Pecos. You can head there tonight (5/5) and have a legal beverage while watching JOBS, Montreal band Notta Comet, Combman, and Advertising. You can check out Trans-Pecos' upcoming calendar here.

May 1, 2015

Nassau Coliseum

Nassau Coliseum, don't go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. I took the good times. I'll take the bad times. I'll take you just the way you are!

Oh, fuck it. Say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. Say goodbye my baby.

A press release released today reads:

Tickets for Billy Joel in the final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have sold out in less than five minutes, generating one of the quickest selling concerts ever at the Coliseum. Tickets went on sale this morning at 10 a.m.

The world-renowned Long Island artist will play on Tuesday, August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016.

"Billy Joel closing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's only fitting that this show is one of the quickest sellouts ever at the Coliseum," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, who will oversee Nassau Events Center's reimagined venue. "We are honored to have Long Island's favorite son play the final show before we begin to create a spectacular venue that the community deserves."

Joel, who was raised in Hicksville and remains a Long Island resident, has played 31 shows at Nassau Coliseum. His last solo appearance was in 1998 when he sold out nine shows, setting the building record for the most sellouts in one year. A banner with his name hangs in the rafters in his honor.

The show is presented by Bruce Ratner and Nassau Events Center (NEC), the same management team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The centerpiece of a major lifestyle and retail development, the reimagined Coliseum will be developed, operated, and programmed by NEC.
The Who, New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain will also play Nassau Coliseum this summer before it closes.

Billy Joel also continues to play every month at the Garden.

Gene Ween pays tribute to Billy Joel at much smaller shows later this month.

Continue reading "Nassau Coliseum closing for renovations (after a Billy Joel concert which sold out really quickly) "

April 29, 2015

Bearsville Theater

NYC-based concert promoters Bowery Presents have expanded their reach with the addition of Woodstock's Bearsville Theater to their roster. The press release reads:

This exclusive collaboration will continue a long tradition of bringing new and established nationally touring artists to the Theater. "My partner Jim Glancy and I have talked over the years about opening a venue upstate someday; after meeting Nicolas and hearing his vision for Woodstock Commune and how the Theater fits into this, we felt the stars had aligned. We are very excited to carry on what Albert Grossman started in the '60's with Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin and so many others who made pilgrimages to Woodstock." said John Moore, partner at Bowery Presents.

The Theater and Bowery will be presenting year-round entertainment, including local, national and international talent, working together to restore the Theater to its historic place in the music scene. "We are so excited to partner with Bowery Presents, which plays such an important role in the independent music scene." says partner/Operator Nicolas Geeraerts. "The collaboration is part of a larger revitalization of the property, which not only includes the Theater, but also the historic Bear Café and hip newcomer Commune Saloon with its large bluestone patio."
No Bowery-booked shows have been announced yet, though the venue is open and operating with self-booked shows.

Jeff Mangum played there in 2011. Andrew Bird played there even more recently. Video of that can be watched below.

In addition to NYC and Woodstock, Bowery Presents books venues in Philly, Boston, Long Island, Maine, other areas of NY, New Orleans, Atlanta, and ALABAMA.

Continue reading "Bowery Presents booking Bearsville Theater in Woodstock"

April 28, 2015

Westway's discoball
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Downtown club Westway, the former Gentleman's club that was turned into a legit club and venue (with lurid red leather interior intact), will close in July, Grub Street reports. While it was mainly known as a nightlife and celebrity hang, Westway also had shows there regularly, and over the last couple years welcomed such acts as FKA Twigs, Sylvan Esso, Smoke DZA, Alex Winston, to name a few. As is a familiar story these days, the space is being turned into luxury condominiums. Owners say they are planning special parties and live shows before their July 1 close date.

April 27, 2015

Lamour book

Another piece of Brooklyn rock history is being documented. From the Amazon listing:

During the disco drenched year of 1978, 62nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, was home to L'Amour, a small, unassuming discothéque thriving on a local dance crowd. "Rock Nights" on Thursdays were first brushed off as a bad joke. But in less than a year, blindsided by scores of disgruntled heavy metal misfits, the punch-line of that bad joke swelled into a quarter-century-long tsunami of hell-raising mayhem that turned a faceless disco into the world's most famous heavy metal mecca.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn is a large format book jammed with over 1,000 full-color photographs, ticket stubs, and memorabilia representing the rich music history of the Brooklyn venue. Hundreds of full-color performance photos of the bands that hit the L'Amour stage are featured prominently in the book, as well as interviews with many of the musicians. Venue staff, club regulars, and show attendees contribute slices of club life. L'Amour: Rock Capital of B'klyn tells the story in stunning images and words of the famous heavy metal venue and its important contributions to the scene. If you are a heavy metal fan, or just a music history buff in general, this book is a must have.

and About the Author:
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, DJ Alex Kayne started out as a mobile DJ spinning dance music in the mid '70s. His club DJ career began when he beat a multitude of other DJs, winning a turntablist "Battle of the DJs" mixing contest at the Night Gallery Discothèque in Brooklyn. Word on the street about the winner of this battle spread quickly and Kayne began DJ-ing in several local clubs. Over the years he has worked at various venues large and small in and around the New York City area. He is considered New York City's first ever hard rock/heavy metal club DJ.

Kayne came to work at the world famous Heavy Metal Venue L'Amour in 1979 and his residency at L'Amour lasted on and off until the venue closed. He is the venue's original metal DJ and its longest resident DJ. He is widely credited as the first club DJ in New York to spin Metallica, Biohazard, Y&T, The Rods, TNT, Queensryche, Anthrax, Megadeth, Manowar, White Lion, Helix, Talas, Motorhead, Metal Church, Tygers of Pan Tang, and Slayer, among many others, breaking and expanding their notoriety on the east coast.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, including live performances at over 65 venues performing on the same bill with Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Rob Halford, Anvil, Raven, Twisted Sister, Biohazard, Type O Negative, Lacuna Coil, Kiss, Ace Frehley, Exodus, Kix, Queensryche, Warrant, Bullet Boys, Overkill, Ratt, Warrior Soul, Life of Agony, Venom, Manowar, White Lion, Motorhead, and hundreds more, DJ Alex Kayne is still actively working the Eastern Seaboard club scene where he is highly regarded and respected as a legend among rock and heavy metal DJs.

L'Amour: Rock Capital of Brooklyn is out December 15.

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