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April 16, 2015

Phillmore

Philly may have lost two venues recently, but they're about to get two new ones. Philly.com reports:

Doesn't look like much from the outside - just the ghostly remains of a century-old smelting and refining facility in Fishtown.

But there's lots of lively banging going on inside the former Ajax Metal Co., across Delaware Avenue from the SugarHouse Casino at Frankford Avenue. Give project developers just a half-year more, they will vow at a press unveiling Thursday morning, and this giant block of gentrifying space will be heating up the 'hood with a $32 million entertainment complex sure to jack up Philadelphia's already competitive concert business.

Two state-of-the-art music venues under one roof - a two-level, 2,500-person-capacity concert hall called the Fillmore and the separate 450-patron Foundry club (plus bars and restaurant) - will anchor the project, run by the House of Blues Entertainment (HoBE) division of Live Nation. The complex promises to be "the most beautiful in our entire chain" of 58 venues, said project champion Ron Bension, HoBE's CEO.

This comes in addition to Philly-area venues Wells Fargo Center, Susquehanna Bank Center, Festival Pier, Tower Theater, and Theater of Living Arts, which Live Nation also currently presents shows at. Read more at Philly.com.

The late Bill Graham, who opened the original Fillmore Auditorium, is getting an exhibition in LA soon.

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Teragram Ballroom

LA's new Teragram Ballroom is set to open this spring with shows by Delta Spirit, Palma Violets, Jaga Jazzist, Nick Waterhouse and more already on the schedule. The long-rumored new "Bowery Presents Los Angeles" venue is in fact associated with NYC-based Bowery Presents, but not completely:

New York City music impresario Michael Swier and the Bowery Ballroom / Mercury Lounge team (Michael Winsch / Brian Swier) have joined forces with LA business owner, Joe Baxley (Broadway Bar), to launch the Teragram Ballroom, a mid-sized live music venue located on the fringes of burgeoning downtown Los Angeles.
The capacity is about 600, just like Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in NY. And a press release reads:
The old-Hollywood era theater housing the Teragram Ballroom has been through major renovation to deliver what Swier's iconic venues have always offered: an exceptional listening experience, unimpeded sight lines, and an intimate environment that caters to both musical artists and those coming to take in the performances.

"It's exciting to see the Teragram Ballroom come to life on this western edge of downtown Los Angeles," says Michael Swier, who lived in LA from 1974 to 1978 and feels a certain comfort and familiarity in the city of his youth. "You can feel the pulses of a reawakening in the neighborhood, I feel privileged to be part of this new vitality."

Located at 1234 West 7th Street, the 9,000 square-foot theater offers special features for artists and audiences: three dressing rooms, dedicated loading dock, spacious backstage, state-of-the-art sound system, three bars and a restaurant with comfortable circulation throughout.

"As with our New York venues, we have built the Teragram Ballroom for the bands as much as for the audience," added Michael Swier. "The breadth of our experience has culminated in this incredible project." The venue's name reflects the influence of a crucial contributor who passed away before reaching this point on the long journey: "Teragram" spelled backwards honors Michael Swier's late wife, Margaret Hannigan, who helped found the early venues.
Tickets are on sale for the first-announced shows, which are listed below...

Continue reading "Teragram Ballroom is a new LA music venue from Bowery Ballroom & Mercury Lounge founder"

April 13, 2015

by Bill Pearis

pre and post Taco Guy crash (via @babysallright / @soundbitesnyc)
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Baby's All Right offers $1 tacos during Happy Hour. What better to promote it than to put a guy in a taco with a big sign and put him on a skateboard down the pedestrian ramp of the Williamsburg Bridge? Also film it for instagram. The human taco in question was Baby's employee Jon Newport who was a pro skateboarder when he was 16. What could go wrong? Not being able to stop, for one, which Newport solved by plowing into a green sedan. He was ok, as was the car and driver, but the skateboard was toast. (Believe it or not, I was just randomly walking down Bedford and saw it happen in real life.) Animal NY interviewed Baby's employee Ben Wilkes who shot the video:

The driver, too, seemed okay -- just a little shocked. Wilkes paraphrased the driver as saying, "I have no idea what happened to me because a taco in a skateboard just crashed into me."

When asked if he would have crashed into the car had he not been drunk, Newport said, "I wouldn't have put that suit on if I had not been drinking."

"I pre-gamed for 3 hours," he said, laughing.

The drunk taco confirmed that he got paid for the gig, but wouldn't disclose how much. He did, however, get a promotion thanks to the stunt.

He plans to do something similar again. "It worked out great, I can't wait to do it again," he said. "I probably won't get hit by a car, but I will risk my life."

This was all shortly after "Drunk Yoga" with Kirin J Callinan at Baby's, and $1 tacos will definitely be happening this Tuesday (4/14) which means even more reason to get the BrooklynVegan-presented Menzingers show early (admission is first come, first served, even with RSVP). Watch the taco eat shit below...

Continue reading "Baby's $1 taco guy skates into car, survives (watch)"

The Trash Bar on 'Forever'
Trash Bar

The Trash Bar is still open on Grand St. in Williamsburg (former home of LUXX), though it was supposed to close in March. It's been in that location since 2004, but it will soon be moving to Bushwick. The venue's calendar goes through the end of April currently. As Free Williamsburg points out, The Trash Bar was recently used as a location and plot point on lighthearted ABC fantasy/mystery series Forever where it too is being closed (in this case, demolished for condos). But the fictionalized version was "around before CBGB" and may have a few skeletons in its closet. Or walls, specifically. (The episode is titled "Punk is Dead.") Also, this Trash Bar is being demolished by Cuba Gooding Jr. There are whiffs of the infamous "punk rock" Quincy episode here, and you can watch a clip (featuring punks Blacklist Royals) from it below.

The Trash Bar will also be seen in upcoming Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow film Trainwreck which is out in July. The location and opening date of the new Bushwick location are still TBA, but the owner is also opening a "family friendly small plates restaurant" called Gitano which is in the old Room 63 space off the Broadway stop on the J/M line.

Continue reading "The Trash Bar was featured in ABC series 'Forever' (watch), officially moving to Bushwick"

March 5, 2015

(photo via Google Maps)
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However you look at it, the world of New York high culture was given a surprise dose of glitz on Wednesday, when Lincoln Center announced that David Geffen, the entertainment mogul who has shaped cultural tastes in pop music, art and movies, will donate $100 million to renovate -- and rename -- Avery Fisher Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic, at Lincoln Center.

Mr. Geffen's gift will help pay for the hall's gut renovation, which is expected to cost more than $500 million. Although construction is not scheduled to begin until 2019, the building will become David Geffen Hall this September, with the start of the Philharmonic's 2015-16 season. - [The New York Times]

The Fischer family was persuaded to give up the name in November in hopes of luring a major investor (they also got $15 million). Though best known as a pop music bigwig (owner of Geffen Records, DGC Records and others), Geffen, 72, told the Times, "I love classical music. Music is music. We need all the support that we can get."

March 4, 2015

photo: outside Palisades in September (more by Ryan Muir)
Palisades

Bushwick all ages venue Palisades opened last spring, and this spring it will celebrate its one-year anniversary on April 25 with electronic/noise musician Container, Black Dice's Eric Copeland, and Woosazi. Tickets are on sale now.

Container's last NYC show was the Pitchfork/Blackened Music-presented February installment of 'The Tinnitus Series' at The Wick. The next one happens there on March 27 with Untold (live), Egyptrixx (live) and Tessela (DJ). Tickets are on sale now.

Untold also plays Pitchfork's SXSW party and Container plays their NXNE showcase.

Listen to some Container and Untold below...

Continue reading "Container & Eric Copeland playing Palisades 1-yr anniversary; Untold & Egyptrixx playing 'Tinnitus' series at The Wick"

March 3, 2015

photo by Jake Weinstein
Roseland

NYC's historic Roseland Ballroom closed in April, began getting gutted in August, and now its roof has been torn down. The photo above reveals an aerial view of what it looks like now.

Once this gradual demolition process is over, a 62-story residential tower will be built in its place.

UPDATE: There's now drone video footage of the gutted Roseland and you can watch that below...

Continue reading "Topless pic (and video) of Roseland Ballroom surfaces"

February 19, 2015

Manitobas

Last month, Avenue B dive Manitoba's (owned by Dictators frontman "Handsome" Dick Mantiboa) launched a crowdfunding campaign to save the bar from closure. Fortunately, the campaign has met its goal and Mantiba's will stay open. Dick writes:

There have been hundreds and hundreds of individuals from dozens of countries who have contributed to "SAVE MANITOBAS"

Well, the good news, is, MANITOBA'S has ...BEEN SAVED!

As of 11:59 ET, tonight, Wednesday, the project is over...According to my calculations, we have money to pay the man demanding money, fix the bar to the standards required , buy, package and mail many hundreds of perks, throw my lawyers, who have thus far worked for NOTHING, and asked for nothing, SOMETHING!!!...After that, if any money is left over..WE WILL HAVE A PARTY AT MANITOBA'S

Folks....Whether it's me, the bar, or the bar and me, (it's not important) what is, is that people the world over responded by contributing to my little mom and pop hole in the wall Rock and Roll Bar.

The combination of creating something that physically and vibe wise preserves our great culture has obviously touched a nerve..A heart.

AAAAAAAAAnyway

Zoe, Jake, and myself, the neighborhood, and Rock and Roll fans the world over are deeply touched, and we so greatly appreciate your love and support

R&RFFR&R

ONE LOVE

HANDSOME DICK MANITOBA

Congrats to Manitoba's!

February 12, 2015

the graffiti'd space is where the restaurant will be (via Google Maps)
KF

The Knitting Factory, who across the country own something like 10 venues and 3 restaurants, is taking over the space next door to their Brooklyn venue on Metropolitan Ave. in Williamsburg to open a restaurant this year. The space in question used to be Japanese izakaya joint Qoo Robata, which closed last spring. "We're very excited to have the restaurant," KF general manager Bob Reiter told Gothamist. "We love the neighborhood, and to add the food component to the Knitting Factory is also very exciting. We're really stoked." No word on what kind of food they'll be serving, but design will be handled by Hecho Inc who did Baby's All Right's interior.

That intersection (Havemeyer & Metropolitan) is not exactly starved for food options: there's The Commodore, St. Anselm, Saltie, Fette Sau, Momofuku Milk Bar, Siam Orchid, Onomea and a pizza place all within throwing distance....but being able to take your drink with you from dinner to Knit's performance space would be a nice option.

Meanwhile, we have Knitting Factory talent buyer Richard Sloven's Top 8 Tracks of 2014 (which we forgot to post in December. sorry, Richard!). Read his picks below...

Continue reading "Knitting Factory is opening a restaurant in Williamsburg"

February 9, 2015

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Girlpool
Girlpool

After the sold-out Porches / Frankie Cosmos show at Bowery Ballroom on Friday (2/6), an official afterparty went down at soon-to-be-open-to-the-public East Village bar Elvis Guesthouse, which was having its soft opening that night. It's located downstairs at 85 Ave A (location of the old Arrow Bar) and run by the people at Baby's All Right. Colorful, though dark, the new bar was designed by Isaac Nichols.

There's no stage, but the opening night had a set by Girlpool who were set up in the back of the bar where the place widens out a bit. Considering the size of the venue, it's not really the kind of place where more than 50 or so people can see the band at once, but it's a good spot for a late-night, semi-secret show, which the Girlpool show was and which they plan to do more of.

After Girlpool, Katie Garcia and Dustin Payseur (of Beach Fossils and Frankie Cosmos' label Bayonet Records) were DJing and had everyone dancing. It's definitely a good place for that. At one point everyone was singing Happy Birthday to Dustin. The scene wasn't too different from the front bar at Baby's and they plan to keep the DJ booking very similar (not to mention the occasional show). It should be a cool spot to end your night if you just went to a show in Manhattan (or if you live there).

Oh, and the bar has a legend associated with it...

On August 16, 1977, the morning after Elvis Presley theoretically met his end on the toilet in Graceland, a chubby man in a white linen suit and an ill-fitting blonde wig bought a one way ticket from Memphis to Istanbul. He paid in cash and used the name John Burrows.

Once he arrived in Turkey, he bounced around the hippie trail, hitchhiking from Tehran to Peshawar, Kabul to Lahore, Delhi to Goa, Kathmandu to Bangkok and Chiang Mai. Instead of staying in the finest hotels, where he would have certainly been noticed, he bunked in guesthouses, small lodgings run by local families and foreign Heads.

In 1979, political changes in the Middle East put an end to the hippie trail. John had grown tired of his nomadic lifestyle and settled on the outskirts of Kathmandu, where he opened a small bar inspired by his years spent in guesthouses. He named it ELVIS GUESTHOUSE.

After the place had been open for a year, John disappeared one day. A gin soaked journalist claimed to have spotted him on the beach in Occupied Cambodia, and others said that he had made his way into the ethnic minority areas of Southwest China. Eventually, the building was demolished to make way for a shopping mall. But a few photos of the bar survived, and we have created its exact replica here.

Girlpool will hit the road soon with Waxahatchee.

More pictures of the bar and the Girlpool show below...

Continue reading "Elvis Guesthouse bar opening on Avenue A -- same owner as Baby's; Girlpool played a secret set after Porches at Bowery"

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