Recent Posts in venues

August 21, 2015

the in-process exterior of National Sawdust
National Sawdust

Back in May, we posted details on the new non-profit Williamsburg venue National Sawdust, that's set to open on the corner of Wythe Ave and North 6th Street on October 1. Now the venue's initial schedule has been announced.

Three of the venue's curators, The National's Bryce Dessner, composer Nico Muhly and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will team up for a concert on opening night. They'll be joined by the ACME ensemble and violist Nadia Sirota. Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) will open with a solo set. Tickets are on sale now. That's a 7:30 PM show, and there's also a late show that will have curator Jeffrey Zeigler teaming up with Cibo Matto and more (tickets).

Other upcoming shows include throat singer Tanya Tagaq on 10/2 (tickets), a multi-day Terry Riley festival (tickets), Chris Thile's band Punch Brothers on 10/8 (tickets), a John Zorn festival (tickets), Majical Cloudz on 10/21 (tickets), and much more. The venue currently has shows booked through December. Check out the full schedule.

That 10/21 show is currently the only upcoming tour date for Majical Cloudz, who have a new album on the way.

August 18, 2015

by Bill Pearis

"Lemonheart" cover art
Lemonheart

Brooklyn's Dead Leaf Echo will release a new 7", "Lemonheart," on September 15 via Moon Sounds. It's the first single from their new album they've been making with Jorge Elbrecht (No Joy, Tamaryn) and "Lemonheart" was mixed by Monte Vallier (Wax Idols, Weekend). It's a promising taste of the LP, all hazy swoon and a big chorus. Listen below and pre-order your copy.

Dead Leaf Echo have a couple local shows coming up: August 23 at Alphaville with Single Lash, DECORUM (ex Orca Team), and Future Museums (tickets), and then a 7" release party on September 19 at Berlin, which is under 2A and opened recently by Bowery Electric's (and onetime D Generation frontman) Jesse Malin.

After that, Dead Leaf Echo are off to California's Desert Stars Festival and will then tour their back to the East Coast, returning to NYC just in time for CMJ. All dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Dead Leaf Echo ready new album, share first single, touring, playing release party at Jesse Malin's new EV club, Berlin"

August 17, 2015

photo via @bobbyphobia

Twin Peaks filming at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect hall

As you may know, Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot is set to start filming soon, mostly in Washington State. But there is something happening in Brooklyn right now. Yellow film shoot signs are up all over 5th Ave in Park Slope with "Imperial Woodpecker 'Twin Peaks'" in the project name slot. According to DNA Info, they're shooting at Grand Prospect Hall which is up there with the most David Lynch place in all of NYC ("We make your dreams come true"). Compare an '80s GPH commercial with Twin Peaks, below. Grand Prospect Hall owner Michael Halkias told DNAinfo that "hundreds of people" are at Gph filming, with super-tight security. "We are under total occupation." Whether it's the actual show, or perhaps just a promo/commercial (Imperial Woodpecker is a commercial production company) remains to be seen. Stay tuned.

Main shooting on the new Twin Peaks is scheduled to start in September with an expected air date now pushed back to 2017.

And in other other news, the GPH folks have opened the 17,000 square foot Brooklyn Bavarian Biergarten right next door and it's open Tuesday - Sunday. Has anybody gone to that yet?

Continue reading "is 'Twin Peaks' reboot shooting at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall (who have a new biergarten) right now?"

August 7, 2015

rendering of Flash Factory's interior
Flash Factory

The NYC venue that used to be the controversial nightclub Shadow was purchased a couple years ago by Provocateur owners Mike Satsky and Brian Gefter. Now, they're set to open a new club, Flash Factory, in that space this fall. Located at 229 West 28th St between 7th & 8th Ave, the club is promising to be a "ticketed club for music people -- not a VIP room" with "live bands, experimental electronic DJs, and live electronic acts who are passionate and true to their craft above all." Here's more, via press release:

The 10,000 square foot location in Chelsea Manhattan previously housed an under-the-radar party for over seventeen years. It's a remnant of a lost era, the type of single-story concert space that simply no longer exists in the city. The space took years to find, and a further two and half years to gut and renovate. Working with the architectural remains of congregational spaces salvaged from New York City, Flash Factory is minimal yet warm, a timeless environ designed as a communal musical experience and sanctuary.

"Flash Factory is a creative music venue," says owner Michael Satsky. "We built a destination for artists whose priority is keeping it real. Whether you are a techno, rock, punk, or alternative hip hop fan, it's our mission to produce an environment where everything, but most of all the music, feels right."

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August 6, 2015

photo: The Loft @ Cameo Gallery in May (more by PSquared)
The loft at Cameo Gallery

More changes to the Williamsburg club scene. Though no official announcement has been made (and, update: the club say it's not true), we hear (and have been hearing for a while) that Cameo Gallery will be closing soon. It opened in the back of the Lovin' Cup Cafe on North 6th St in 2008 (who saw Mumford & Sons there in 2009?).

A look at their calendar has nothing booked for September past the 9/19 edition of Mondo!, and only one show for October (Gringo Starr on 10/10). Their streamer-lined ceiling is second only to Glasslands' clouds as iconic Williamsburg club backdrops went. It will be sad to see those go.

UPDATE: Cameo reached out and says this is "all rumors right now! Not true." We hope so!

In the last year, Williamsburg has lost Death by Audio, Glasslands, Spike Hill, Trash Bar (which closed officially on June 27th), and more.

Also: that 9/19 edition of Mondo! will be the last for the long-running indiepop danceparty which is calling it quits after 11 years of playing "This Charming Man" and other favorites. Before Cameo, Mondo! threw down at Don Hill's. We'll miss ya, Mondo.

Big Terrific, the long-running, weekly comedy show at Cameo, already said goodbye earlier this year.

Check out a few videos from the club, below...

Continue reading "Cameo Gallery is closing? (and Mondo! too)"

August 5, 2015

Reagan cheers Red 7's inevitable demise (more by Tim Griffin)!
Reagan
Reagan
Red 7's light up sign behind the bar (more by Amanda Hatfield)

Same old story: beloved music venues fight to survive as new hotels, condos, and rising rents make it harder and harder, even though their existence is part of the reason everyone wanted to be there in the first place. The Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlies (fka Club Deville) are struggling with BS. And today is was confirmed that one of our other favorite Austin rooms, Red 7, will be closed by the end of September. This comes after the recent announcement that sister venue Holy Mountain (fka Beauty Bar) is going around the same time.

Red 7 and Holy Mountain each have two stages, so that's four less stages in the Red River music district, four less stages to host Fun Fun Fun fest afterparties, four less stages centrally located for SXSW (Red 7 was the home to BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties in 2014 and 2015).

There is some good news though: Red Eyed Fly (715 Red River Street), which still has seven years on their lease, will join forces with Red 7 and Transmission Entertainment (who book Red 7, Mohawk, Fun Fun Fun Fest, etc) to create a new venue called The Sidewinder! More info below...

Continue reading "Austin's Red 7 and Holy Mountain closing; The Sidewinder opening in Red Eyed Fly space"

August 3, 2015

photo: outside the Court Tavern in April (more by Drew Gurian)
Court Tavern

Court Tavern closed for about a year in 2012, and then re-opened, but it has been closed this summer, and it was reported that the future ownership was in question. Now, it's official that it will re-open once again in September. A press release reads:

Recently closed Court Tavern is set to open its doors once again under owner Mike Barrood of Mike's Courtside and new manager, Brittney On Fire. The venue has been known for being closed several times throughout the past few decades. However, Brittney and her new management team are seeking to bring it back on the map with full force.

Brittney On Fire had this to say, "I vow to do everything in my power to keep this building 'The Court Tavern' and keep the music scene alive in New Brunswick. This venue has been a staple in Central NJ that keeps rock and roll and live original music in our hearts and in our culture. Music, booking shows, and playing shows has been my passion and come to be my life. I can't imagine a more fulfilling job. The New Court Tavern will represent that passion."

Owner Mike Barrood is determined to include dedicated staff, including Brittney, in his new ventures at the venue. The Court Tavern is scheduled to reopen on September 4th with a comeback show featuring NJ bands dollys, Delsea, and Centennials with special guests to be announced.

Stay tuned for more info at the venue's website.

July 14, 2015

Kendrick Lamar at House of Blues (photo by @s_adegoke, via Facebook)
Kendrick Lamar

LAist reports that a few Sunset Strip locations will have to close this year so new hotels can be built, including the original Hustler store and the House of Blues. The music venue opened in 1994 and an official closing date has been set for August 7. A demolition date is still TBA.

As of now, the final schedule includes Soul Asylum & Meat Puppets, Freddie Gibbs, Anthrax, Stiff Little Fingers, and more. There are still a handful of open spots in the venue's last weeks, so perhaps some final shows are planned. If so, we know it won't be a metal band, as Blabbermouth points out that Anthrax show will be the venue's last metal show.

Regarding the venue, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello said, "Every show we've done at the Sunset House of Blues has been a party. Everyone who we're friends with who's not on tour shows up, either to jam or drink or just hang out. And I'll really miss that. Sunset Boulevard has lost its last great place to play."

Watch a video of Social Distortion playing the House of Blues Sunset Strip with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, below...

Continue reading "House of Blues Sunset Strip closing in August so hotels can be built (Anthrax, Stiff Little Fingers & more playing final shows)"

July 10, 2015

LIt Lounge

East Village party palace and venue, Lit Lounge, will close sometime in the next two months after 13 years in business. EV Grieve noted last month that there was a big "FOR RENT" sign on the building and confirmation came Thursday (7/9) via Clubplanet.com who interviewed Lit owners Steve Lewis and David Schwartz:

Steve Lewis: What was the primary reason for closing and moving shop to Bushwick?

Erik Foss: The new East Village crowd and the flight of the creative types to creative Brooklyn . It was inevitable. NYC is an ever changing animal. I am just glad that I got to be here before downtown changed into what it is now.

David Schwartz: Ehh, not happy with the newbies in the East Village. Millenials don't go out and the artistic ones left for Brooklyn digs 4 yrs ago.

In addition to being a place to dance and indulge in some late-night hedonism, their downstairs venue used to be home of the much-missed Precious Metal nights, as well as hosting lots of hyped shows during the "free Sparks" mid-'00s years.

Lit's sister club in Bushwick is still not open but its restaurant component, Currant Cafe, is and has been for more than a year. Says Foss, "Lit Bk could open next week or in 3 months, it's really a mystery as we have no real control of this last step." Foss also told Clubplanet that Aaron Pierce, founder of Williamsburg's soon-to-close Trash Bar, is now a part of the Lit team.

July 1, 2015

Barclays Center's roof Atlantic Yards Webcam
Barclays Center

The 135,000-square-foot area is in the process of being covered with a layer of sedum, a genus of flowering plants that store water in their leaves. The idea is to capture rainwater, reduce noise output, and provide a more pleasing view for both passers-by and future residents of the Atlantic Yards/Pacific Park highrises being built around it.

The Architect's Newspaper recently got an exclusive tour of the roof in construction, and the photos give the otherworldly impression of a park floating above the streets of Brooklyn.

The green roof plan was raised from the dead thanks to a joint venture between Forest City Ratner and Greenland Holdings Group, a real estate development company out of Shanghai. A new roof structure had to be built on the existing roof to support the sedum, which is shipped in from Connecticut and hoisted onto the roof by crane. - [Brownstoner]

Brooklyn's Barclays Center just hosted David Byrne's "Contemporary Color" and now the outside of the venue is getting some color of its own -- a green roof -- which should give the rust-colored exterior more of a woodlands feel. That should be a nice selling point for real estate agents looking to move the first condos on the market at Pacific Park Brooklyn, the $4.9 billion project formerly known as The Atlantic Yards.

In other news, Barclays is getting ready for hockey -- the venue will host the Islanders starting this fall, after the team's 43 years at Nassau Coliseum. The first game will be October 9.

Barclays also recently hosted a couple New York legends: Bette Midler, as well as her former piano man (and Williamsburg native), Barry Manilow. Were you there?

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