Recent Posts in venues
February 26, 2014
Lit's EV location
Just last week (2/19), EV haunt Lit Lounge celebrated 12 years of good times, live music and occasional debauchery with a birthday blowout featuring DJs Jonathan Toubin, Paul Sevigny and others. Now comes word that Lit is opening a second lounge, this one in Bushwick's McKibbin Lofts. Bedford & Bowery got the scoop:
The bi-level venue, about half the size of Lit but boasting 17-foot-tall ceilings, will consist of a small upstairs restaurant, open daily and run by artist Tessa Hughes-Freeland.The upstairs restaurant, Currant Cafe, is scheduled to open Saturday, March 16 and the downtairs bar which will be called Lit is aiming for September. As for whether the new space will book bands, co-owner Erik Foss told B&B, "As of now we have no plan for live music. But that's what we said about Lit, haha."
February 16, 2014
Paul Colby, who began booking and managing at Greenwich Village venue The Bitter End (home to Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and many others) and eventually purchased it in 1974, has passed away at the age of 96. A message posted to the venue's Facebook on Friday (2/14) reads:
It is with a heavy heart The Bitter End would like to announce the loss of our colonel, Paul Colby, who passed away last night at the age of 96. In his 70 plus years in the business , Paul has touched the hearts of countless musicians and patrons and helped to launch many great careers in the music industry. Paul was sharp , witty and happy until the end. Paul will never be forgotten as his legacy will live on Bleecker Street. The name says it all:Rest in peace, Paul.
PAUL COLBY'S THE BITTER END
A memorial celebrating his amazing journey will be announced shortly.
February 10, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Design mock-up of MoMA PS1 organic towers
Every year MoMA and MoMA PS1 pick a young architect to build a project conceived for the MoMA PS1 courtyard in a competition called the Young Architects Program. If you've been to a MoMA PS1 show, you've seen the work of past winners--last year, a big lattice work structure featured prominently in the outdoor space, and the year before that that enormous blue spiky thing won. This year, the winning entrant was David Benjamin of NY-based design firm The Living who designed a series of three-story tall circular structures, made from agricultural byproduct and mushroom (apparently it acts as glue) bricks, that look like a trio of weirdly organic nuclear cooling towers. Maybe not so weird, it's actually based on them (science!) and will serve a cooling purpose, drawing cold air in at the bottom of the towers and pushing hot air up through the tops. The structure is completely biodegradable, and the entire construction-degradation life cycle of the structure boasts near-zero carbon emissions. It will grow as the summer goes on and, due to interspersed mirrors, the structure will appear to float. There's also a little pool near the base of the structure. Read more about the structure at dezeen. The structure will be up in June in time for the 2014 Warm-Up series.
While we wait for things to actually warm up, MoMA PS1 has it's indoor Sunday Sessions. The Genesis P Bryer-Orridge book launch with Psychic TV was this past Sunday (2/9) and coming up this Sunday (2/16) is "Where are the Arabs?" which is a short film series that "presents a range of artistic responses to the different socioeconomic and political situations throughout Arab cities today." That goes from noon to 6 PM and tickets are on sale now.
Then Sunday, February 23 is something called "K-HOLE and Janus present TIME ZONE" that promises a program of "insomnia and nightlife" as well as "discomfort, Total Freedom, agoraphobia & amateurism." More info on what that means and tickets is here.
February 6, 2014
here's a new song. y not? produced by matt r. (pinkiepieswear) in loving memory of my late home away from home, 285 kent ave and all of the crazy fucking memories i've made there. (pic above related) u will be missed dearly. RIPListen to the song below...
February 1, 2014
photos by Jim Wright
Roots, Americana, country and alt-country bands now have a new place to play in Brooklyn, as restaurant, bar and live music establishment Hill Country Live has opened a second NYC location. Like their spot in Manhattan, they'll host live music in their Brooklyn location 5-7 nights a week. The new place is located at 345 Adams Street and upcoming shows include The Sweetback Sisters, The Bloodshots, Honky & Ladytown and much more. We have a few pictures of the space taken during the opening night party the other day with the Ebony Hillbillies. More of them below...
January 31, 2014
Fucked Up @ 285 Kent's last night (via @thatwhatdo)
people seem all up an arms about this, and while this particular ad is not my doing, so what if it had been? The place closed for good reason: it couldn't be made "legal" and people were going to end up in jail if it kept operating, plus would have seen their legal records tarnished against running "legit" spaces in the future... now that's one thing if that happens to me or to Ric Leichtung, but if it happens to the staff that's really not acceptable. But you know what, it's over. It has to become something else now. New York City is expensive for rent, Williamsburg especially, and this space is actually cheap, sadly. But either way, it's not like we can put a exhibition rope around it and preserve it as a museum.
January 30, 2014
a graffiti-less 285 Kent
As you probably know by now, Brooklyn DIY music venue 285 Kent is officially closed for good, having hosted its last-ever show earlier this month. Now that the venue is fully vacated, the space is available to rent for $8,000/month on Craigslist. The listing specifies that "you can make all the noise in the world at night if you desire" (oh yeah?) and says it's "perfect for any kind of commercial use, pop-up store, architect's studio, a photographer's studio, etc... or an amazingly well-located loft space." ... OR A MUSIC VENUE? Maybe someone who can afford it can turn it back into one? Maybe Jay Z and Beyonce?
UPDATE: The listing has been removed from Craigslist. Venue curator Ric Leichtung also tweeted, "I can't verify that this Craigslist ad is real. I would never put 285 Kent up for sale, not that I even could-- I was the space's curator," followed by, "Todd Patrick is 285 Kent's leaseholder. Please forward all inquiries to him about the Craigslist ad at firstname.lastname@example.org."
UPDATE 2: Todd P responded.
January 27, 2014
Maxwell's farewell block party, 7/31/2014 (more by Ken Bachor)
Six months after the iconic Hoboken rock club and restaurant commemorated its "closing" with a gala block party and concert, the business has finally been sold. Word spread quickly on social media and Maxwell's found itself packed with familiar faces on Sunday, the last night in its current incarnation, for a final, farewell wake.Maxwell's has been operating as a bar and restaurant pretty much since it closed as a music club, and Sunday had their last night in the space with a party featuring Tom Vincent and "Tommy's Talent Show," a "freeflowing hootenanny of Hoboken musicans," in the front room, and a band of Maxwell's employees playing in the back.
The new owners will retain the name Maxwell's but reconfigure the space to be a family restaurant specializing in thin-crust artisanal pizza.
"It's not a wake to me, it's a joyous celebration," said Dave Post, who with his wife Jackie decided to renew the lease and took over the restaurant after co-owner and booker Todd Abramson bowed out last July. - [NJ.com]
That back room of the new version of Maxwell's will become a dining room, though the new owners are not ruling out some music. New Maxwell's co-owner Evan Dean told NJ.com, "Obviously it won't be a rock club anymore but we'll definitely be open to the idea of having live entertainment."
January 16, 2014
One of the partners behind the Bowery Ballroom, Terminal 5 and a string of popular music venues plans to open a massive 2,000-capacity venue in Brooklyn's hipster haven.If this happens, that would give Bowery Presents Mercury Lounge---> Bowery Ballroom--->Webster Hall (sort of)--->Terminal 5 in Manhattan, and Rough Trade-->Music Hall of Williamsburg--->Brooklyn Classic in North Brooklyn.
The gigantic live music space would open as Brooklyn Classic, taking over a red brick factory building currently home to a steel fabricator at 319 Frost St., according a liquor license application to the local community board.
The application from Frobo LLC ties back to Jim Glancy, a veteran of promotional giant Live Nation and partner in The Bowery Presents, a powerhouse in the indie music scene.
(thanks Hiro for the link!)
January 7, 2014
As you may have heard, Brooklyn DIY venue 285 Kent is closing, but they're going out with a bang. It was just announced that Pitchfork, Ad Hoc, and Todd P will be presenting the venue's final shows which include Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Laurel Halo, Autre Ne Veut, Dan Deacon and others, plus a number of special guests playing shows there this month. Tickets for all four of the incredibly stacked lineups are on sale now.
Full lineups for each show below...