Recent Posts in venues
September 24, 2014
The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl, 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
After four years of being closed, The Rainbow Room, located on 30 Rock's 65th floor, is set to reopen next month with dining, dancing and entertainment -- all with one of the most famous views in Manhattan. As to the latter, the space is known for cabaret-type performers but will host big names in a series called First Mondays:
First Mondays will feature an intimate concert with top name entertainment from rock to opera the first Monday of each month. The following Mondays will be reserved for dinner and dancing on the revolving dance floor which overlooks New York City.The first First Monday (October 6) will be with The Roots who'll probably be in the building already as part of The Tonight Show's house band. To go you'll need to make dinner reservations ("only be accepted at 5:30pm and 6:00pm to ensure everyone has completed eating prior to the performance which will start at 8pm") and keep in mind the Rainbow Room's pre-fix menu is "$200 per person and will vary based on entertainment. Alcoholic beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in this price." Call 212.632.5000.
November's "First Mondays" show (11/3) is a little more typical Rainbow Room fare: Broadway star Christine Ebersole. There will be entertainment every Monday, though, and current Rainbow Room performance schedule is below.
September 17, 2014
Some unfortunate news for concertgoers in Philly today. R5 Productions have announced that the shows they've been doing at First Unitarian Church since 1996 will be coming to an end ("kind of"). Here's what they say:
Hellos - We have some sad news to pass along. As you likely know, we (r5) have booked thousands of shows at The First Unitarian Church since 1996. A bunch of now super famous and legendary bands got their first "big break" there.... Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, At The Drive In, TV On The Radio, the xx etc. Even Ryan Gosling came through to play at the now infamous venue.They say there will still be occasional shows in 2015, but these last 2014 shows are their "last 'hurrah' so to speak." Tons of good shows are coming up this year too, including YACHT / White Fang, King Tuff / Cassie Ramone, Iceage / Helm, Merchandise, Boysetsfire, David Bazan, The Dismemberment Plan / Priests, Restorations / Cayetana / Three Man Cannon / Hurry, Pig Destroyer and more. Tickets are available at R5's site.
In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to open two dedicated venues, Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle. With these new venues and a slew of other that have opened up around Philadelphia, it's become increasingly difficult to book bands who want to play the church. The church heavily relied on our rental income for the basement hall and since we were no longer using the space as frequently as we have in the past, they understandably had to find a more permanent tenant.
In a few weeks an after school group will begin to use the basement hall which will make our ability to host shows on weeknights extremely difficult. We still plan/hope to do shows on Saturdays and Sundays moving forward. We realize that limiting ourselves to just two days, there won't be many opportunities to present future shows in our favorite venue.
So over the next few weeks, this will be our last big series of shows at the church. We'll still have a show or two here or there but this is essentially the last big run. Take a quick look below for our remaining church shows in 2014. We encourage you to come out to a show, especially now that fall has arrived and it's the perfect church show going weather (aside from those gross ginkgo smell balls - we certainly wont miss those).
The church has been and continues to be an amazing partner to work with for almost twenty years. What other church would ever let a group called Pig Destroyer play a five days before Christmas? We are forever in debt to them.
One last thing, this does NOT include the seated shows in The Sanctuary or smaller Side Chapel. Those will continue to happen as normal.
Hope to see you out at the church at some point this year.
Full remaining schedule below...
September 8, 2014
by Bill Pearis
Death by Audio in June (more by PSquared)
Well this one hurts. Long-running Williamsburg DIY venue Death by Audio is shutting down in November:
After seven years of operation Death By Audio will close on November 22, 2014. Running this space has been an incredible undertaking and a joy since day one. We have been fortunate enough to host bands from all over the US and the world nearly every night of the week. Amazingly, we've hosted in excess of 1000 acts a year for the past seven years. The effect pedal company will remain open and relocate to a temporary space until we find a more permanent home.Well, damn. It was a good run, but as one of my favorite places to see shows in the neighborhood, it'll be especially sad to see this one go. Glasslands is the last man standing on the block (which will soon include new Vice offices). This one really feels like end of an era.
When we first moved onto south 2nd street the only things on our block were a used police car lot and several empty buildings. Now there are a half dozen expensive restaurants, bars, a daycare center and a new condo building (that was an empty lot when we moved in). All ages DIY music venues are almost by definition temporary, and we feel fortunate to have lasted in this space for this long. We knew from the beginning that it couldn't last forever and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has preformed or attended any of our shows. We are still weighing options about what happens next and will let everyone know more about the future of Death By Audio as soon as we can.
Our closing party starts Wednesday Sept 10 and we will have great programing for these last 75 days. We are looking forward to putting on some really incredible shows to send off what has been one of the greatest undertakings of our lives. We hope to see you there.
Edan and Matt
P.S. If you're in Hot Snakes please get in touch.
Meanwhile the club is still open for two more months. On Thursday (9/11) you can see Shannon & the Clams, Liquor Store, Juniper Rising and Hobocop which should be a fun show. Advance tickets are available.
August 28, 2014
(via Rosa Goldensohn)
Roseland Ballroom shut its gates for good back in April after 56 years on 52nd St. The guts of the club are now being demolished which you can witness six seconds of via a Vine (via Gothamist) below. Do you miss Roseland?
Sad Vine video below...
August 20, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Silent Barn backyard, now with legal booze
Bushwick's Silent Barn opened a cafe, serving up coffee from a new espresso machine and sammys and snanks from nearby Your Way Cafe. That's in addition to the standard beer, wine and sake, which you can now legally drink in the yard. One employee told Bedford + Bowery that the venue expects to open a full bar at some point, opening up all kinds of possibilities. The Silent Barn cafe will be open from 4PM through shows. The cafe has plans for zine readings, book clubs, and kid-friendly activities during the day. Also: free wifi. Anyone been? How them sammiches?
As for live shows, tonight (8/19) at Silent Barn it's Chimes, The Love Ways, Lost Boy? and The Veda Rays. Then on Wednesday (8/20) it's Heavens Gate, Weekends, Advaeta, Bueno, and Et Al.
August 18, 2014
The *other* Monty Hall...
WFMU's performance space, located in the ground floor of their Jersey City building, is now open and has a name fitting the radio station's spirt: Monty Hall. It was christened last month with a show featuring Doug Gillard, Pampers, Spectre Folk and Watery Love. Watch some videos below.
Now more shows are beginning to appear. The next performance at Monty Hall is September 7 is the previously mentioned Sir Richard Bishop and Tashi Dorji show which will be recorded for Brian Turner's show on the station:
Tashi Dorji is Bhutan-born guitarist absorbed a childhood full of shortwave radio before moving to the US and discovering Derek Bailey and Albert Ayler and incorporating all his musical loves into a truly varied and forward-thinking vocabulary. In this era some may have chalked up the guitar to have exhausted itself as a means of breaking new boundaries in expression, yet Dorji, now in North Carolina, has wowed such advanced axemen as Bill Orcutt, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop of the Sun City Girls who is part two of tonight's bill, making his second appearance on Brian's show.The other upcoming show happens September 13 and features People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) who is presenting "two performances of audio and moving image." She'll be first performing solo and then People Like Us will be joined by M.C. Schmidt (Matmos) and Jason Willett for a collaborative performance. Tickets to both shows are on sale now. Flyers below.
The space will also be hosting a quarterly variety series called Prove It All Night. The first installment took place earlier this month with Joe Jack Talcum from the Dead Milkmen, PUNK magazine creator John Holstrom, and stand-up comedian Sean Donnelly. Host/organizer/WFMU DJ Pat Byrne told NJ.com, "We'll eventually be streaming live video of the series to the web...we have four cameras set up in the studio, and it's a theater but everything can be broadcast on the Internet as well as the airwaves."
Show flyers and those videos from the first show, below...
August 15, 2014
It took us a minute to fully realize it, but since losing Webster Hall, Bowery Presents has been booking shows at the similarly sized Manhattan venue Stage 48. You may already realize this. You may not care. Regardless, it's happening. Is it temporary? We don't know. Have you been to the venue? What do you think?
We actually have a pair of tickets to give away for the 9/9 Justin Townes Earle show. Want them? Details on how to enter to win below...
August 7, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
2 Knickerbocker when it was Living Bread Deli (via Jeannine Ortiz)
Bushwick is getting a 24-hour diner that will double as a music venue and make-out spot. Next month, Amancay's Diner will take over the space at 2 Knickerbocker Ave, which used to be Living Bread Deli, the music venue that hosted Parquet Courts, Nobunny, Black Dice and other shows during its existence.
According to DNAinfo, the diner comes from long-time East Village business owner and self-described "professional party guy" Chang Han, former proprietor of Gama, a Korean restaurant/bar on St. Mark's, and St. Mark's Market. At Gama, Chang, 48, was known for wrestling with much younger patrons in a kiddie pool full of jello, and at St. Mark's market, a deli and grocery store, for bowling with melons. Chang told DNA info he played Spin the Bottle with four college students every Monday at Gama, saying he used to "get drunk with lots of girls." Amancay's Diner is getting a dedicated Spin the Bottle table, which is built Lazy Susan style, with a bottle attached to the table which, Chang claims, is the first of its kind in the world. Chang lives in Bushwick and is married with two college-aged sons.
The food at Amancay's will be "Bushwick-ified," in Chang's words. No word if jello is on the menu.
August 5, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
"Lady Circus octopus massage" at Fundraiser bash (via @mattxs)
Brooklyn's arts/performance space/circus/venue House of Yes has successfully funded their Kickstarter campaign to pay for a new Bushwick home for the venue, a little over a year after shutting its doors on its old East Williamsburg location. To celebrate, House of Yes threw a party on Friday night (8/1) on a rooftop near the Morgan L (not actually at the new venue spot) with fire-breathers, contortionists (see above) and more..
The new location -- signed to a ten year lease and will be legit -- is at 408 Jefferson Street (at Wyckoff Ave) and is scheduled to open in November. A bit about the new space from House of Yes's Kickstarter page:
The new House of Yes will be a venue where artists can create and present work and audiences can celebrate, socialize and be inspired. The 5,000 sq ft space will have a theater that seats 200, and a standing room of 400!!!House of Yes was asking to raise $60,000 of a projected $105,100 budget, and, having made their initial goal, they have upped their aim to $90,000 to make the "best venue and theater ever." They're well on their way--they've raised nearly $80,000 as of the time of posting.
August 1, 2014
by Wyatt Marshall
Bastard Noise + Anthony Saunders at Babycastles (via @cularspectra)
The videogame design collective Babycastles, whose DIY arcade games you may have played at the old Silent Barn or Death by Audio, have opened a gallery at 137 West 14th St in Manhattan. In addition to functioning as an interactive art gallery -- the current installation, "Assalamualaikum Babycastles," explores a "'Muslim lived expeience,' through the embedded narratives of independent, contemporary video games" -- the space is hosting shows.
The Chondritic Sound tour with Hive Mind, Redrot, Scant and more rolled through on Wednesday. Thursday night, the space hosted a number of electronic acts including Dadras, Alarke ("electronic wondercore") and Justin Hood and OG Van B Boys. A couple of weeks back, Bastard Noise and Anthony Saunders played the space.
In May, Ratking performed as part of a weeklong exhibition exploring underground NYC through video games and hip hop that doubled as a celebration of the release of Ratking's new album and the opening of the space. No further concerts are on the Babycastles schedule as of now, but good to see a space hosting experimental shows in Manhattan. Watch video from that fairly rowdy Ratking performance below.