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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.Tickets are on sale for the first-announced shows, which are listed below...
"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.
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...
2013 must have been a big success because Jim James and company are doing it again:
Today, Cloud 9 Adventures and The Bowery Presents proudly announce the second edition of My Morning Jacket's One Big Holiday - the band's ultimate fan experience and destination concert event. My Morning Jacket brings their epic live performance, and 2500 lucky fans as witnesses, back to the fully renovated Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya from January 31-February 4, 2015 for a 4 night all-inclusive concert adventure of a lifetime.Tickets and more info at the event's site.
"We are so excited for this second year of One Big Holiday...the second of what we hope will be many more to come! The first one was so beautiful we just knew we had to do it again...what could be more fun than spending quality time with a bunch of sweet folks- old friends and new- in a beautiful place celebrating music/art/peace and love!!! Let's get together and celebrate!" - My Morning Jacket
After bringing the heat last year in the stellar concert courtyard within the resort, One Big Holiday will once again feature three full shows under the stars by My Morning Jacket. Once again returning to join the band on this adventure will be Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as well as newcomers War On Drugs, Dr. Dog, Dawes and Sylvan Esso who will each perform one show, plus special guest DJ Biz Markie. Fans are also in for a special treat as Band of Horses will perform two full shows, including one acoustic performance as the sun goes down.
MMJ have no other upcoming dates at the moment, but Sylvan Esso do.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Bowery Presents were hoping to open a new 2000-capacity venue in East Williamsburg that would be called Brooklyn Classic (in the factory building at 319 Frost St). A new article for The Brooklyn Paper has more details. Regarding the venue layout, the article says:
The venue will have a similar layout as the Music Hall of Williamsburg, with a large open theater ringed by a balcony and smaller bars, as well as an enclosed outdoor courtyard for smokers.Bowery Presents also appeared before the neighborhood's Community Board 1 this week to get approval for a liquor license:
Some neighbors at the meeting of the panel said they are concerned that the venue will inundate their streets with cars and drunken music lovers.The Brooklyn Paper also mentions that Bowery Presents plans to have Brooklyn Classic open this year. That should fill the void of Bowery Presents no longer booking at Webster Hall.
"It is hard enough to park around here as it is," said Jonathan Ellis. "Another 2,000 people here is a lot."
The board's votes are strictly advisory, so even if it disapproves of the booze permit, it is still up to the state liquor authority to make the final approval.
Webster Hall marquee, June 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Webster Hall's 1400 capacity Grand Ballroom has long been a place that Bowery Presents books concerts. It's there they can put artists that are theoretically too big for Bowery Ballroom and too small for Terminal 5.
A powerful force in the music industry, Bowery Presents can hold on to a band's NYC concert history for the length of its career by placing the band in rooms of various sizes. They have options: tiny Mercury Lounge to the new Rough Trade to the giant Terminal 5 to the even bigger Barclays Center, not to mention Central Park Summerstage and Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Radio City, Beacon Theater, Town Hall, and possibly a new space in Bushwick that will be Webster Hall's successor, and even MSG. But now they'll have one less.
As of September 1 (not counting shows which are already booked), Webster Hall's recently-enlarged team of five talent buyers will be doing it all themselves. They already booked the smaller rooms, but now that team will collectively book all of Webster Hall's rooms which include the Grand Ballroom, The Studio, Marlin Room, and the new Slake (formerly The Wall).
Webster Hall now counts Ric Leichtung of 285 Kent fame as one of their own. The rest of the booking team is Heath Miller, Kenny Schachter, Alex Rossiter and Laura Bo Sherman.
Is Webster Hall crazy thinking they can compete with their 1400 person room on their own? Time will tell, though maybe it doesn't matter that much since Webster Hall's regular club nights seem to do just fine for them.
An email Webster Hall sent out to booking agents reads:
We will now be better suited to maximize the artist experience and fan enjoyment by focusing on every detail for each show that Webster Hall hosts, which already includes The Studio at Webster Hall, Marlin Room at Webster Hall, and our new venue Slake (around the corner from Penn Station).Good luck Webster!
After 130 years, Webster Hall retains its local focus and has strategic alliances in place to ensure that New York City is an artist's most important experience. We welcome you to pay us a visit or to let us know when we can visit you.
Upcoming Bowery Presents-booked shows at Webster Hall include Warpaint, Gary Numan, Sam Smith, Real Estate, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mac DeMarco, Black Lips, Tycho, Future Islands, Wye Oak, Tokyo Police Club, Elbow, The Menzingers, Old 97's, The Notwist, First Aid Kit, Kaiser Chiefs, Jagwar Ma, Tune-Yards, and more.
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!)
While the venue is new, the building itself has a rich history, beginning in 1927, when it opened as the Westbury Movie Theatre. It remained a popular facility until the 1970s, until attendance decreased dramatically. "It really became very, very delapitated, and ultimately closed down," said Michael.Bowery Presents, who already handle the booking for NYC shows at Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Terminal 5, and a few other venues on certain occasions (not to mention expanding to Philly, New Orleans, Boston, and South), has now taken on a new Long Island location: The Space at Westbury. Not to be confused with Hamden, CT's The Space, The Space at Westbury is a 1,500-capacity venue located on 250 Post Avenue in Nassau County's Westbury, NY, and it officially opens with its first show tonight (10/4).
The building's current owner, Cyrus Hakakian, was planning to tear down the building and turn it into retail. But when examining the building's interior, Michael said Hakakian had a change of heart. "He was so impressed with the majesty of this building," Michael said. [LI Herald]
Though we don't have many details, we are sad to report that the music industry is today mourning the loss of Adam Fisher, a sound engineer and tour manager who has worked for Bowery Presents, Knitting Factory, The Polyphonic Spree, Crocodiles, and many more. Those who knew him, loved him, like the Dum Dum Girls who already Instagrammed the above picture with the caption "love you adam", and tweeted, "Very grateful for the time we spent touring the world with Adam Fisher. Please take care of yourselves everyone. <3". Young Prisms and NOTHING have also acknowledged the great loss. Rest in Peace Adam.
After opening Union Transfer in 2011, Bowery Presents will be opening (or re-opening, rather) a second Philly venue this year, the 150-capacity Boot & Saddle on Broad Street, which closed in 1995. A press release reads:
While live music will pack the back hall of the new Boot and Saddle beginning at 8pm some 150 nights of the year, a separate 60-seat main room and kitchen will be open seven days a week, from 5pm 'til 2 am, featuring a full-service bar, 10 rotating local craft beers, seasonal beers from around the United States, as well as inexpensive domestic crowd favorites.The venue opens on September 9 with Ted Leo and Aimee Mann's new band, The Both playing. Full initial schedule below...
With all these innovations and improvements, some elements of the old Boot and Saddle will still inform its new look. Preserving the venue's original tin-ceiling and walls and hardwood floors, the new proprietors are pleased to maintain a welcoming, time-capsule décor--complete with folk-art cowboy murals--reflecting the building's history as Philadelphia's one-time only country bar. And, yes, the iconic neon sign stays, of course.
Boot and saddle is a partnership between Sean Agnew's R5 productions, New York City's The Bowery Presents and FCM's Mark Fichera and Avram Hornik
NYC concert propmoters Bowery Presents, though no longer at the old Wellmont Theater in NJ, have been expanding and moving South. This week they've officially confirmed the rumor that they're re-opening a historic theater in New Orleans called the Civic Theatre. The initial lineup already includes Passion Pit, The Black Crowes, BRMC, John Waters and more. Check out the full press release and initial schedule below...
Wellmont Theatre in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We recently got the upsetting news that Hoboken, NJ venue Maxwell's is closing (check out the venue's final shows) and the more positive news that another NJ venue, Starland Ballroom is re-opening after damages from Hurricane Sandy.
Now there's even more going on in the NJ venue world. It's just been announced that after MGMT's sold-out Wellmont Theatre show, Bowery Presents will no longer be booking the Montclair venue. According to an article on Baristanet and confirmed by us, Live Nation (who book NYC shows at Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre, and more) will now be booking the venue:
Led by Live Nations Club and Theatre Team overseen by Sean Striegel and Jason Stone, Live Nation will be actively looking to present artists. Booked by the New York Team of Sean Striegel, Jason Stone, Jay Belin and Christian McKnight, Live Nation plans to continue to expand on the programming of the venue.David Byrne & St. Vincent just played one of the last Bowery-booked shows at the venue this past Wednesday (6/12). Check out pictures of that show.
NYC-based concert promoter Bowery Presents, who have expanded over the years to NJ, Boston, Philadelphia and across the Northeast, are getting bigger again. This press release recently went out:
Tim Sweetwood has been hired by The Bowery Presents to promote concerts in his home city, Atlanta, as well as other available opportunities throughout that region as part of the newly launched The Bowery Presents: South. Sweetwood has been the talent buyer at the Masquerade and has produced shows in and around Atlanta for the past seven years. Tim has worked with artists to grow them beyond the Masquerade, culminating in the recently completed Shaky Knees Festival. The launch of The Bowery Presents: South continues the independent promoter's commitment to embracing regional and local music industry professionals, when they expand into new markets.As mentioned above, Bowery Presents: South will start out with Tim in Atlanta with plans to promote shows "throughout that region". That would include Athens, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, and rumor is that Bowery will be doing shows at an old theater in New Orleans (The Civic Theater). Stay tuned for more details, and watch out Live Nation!
"I am thrilled to say that I am now part of The Bowery Presents," says Tim. "I think this marriage comes at the perfect time. My business and relationships have been rapidly expanding, and I believe being part of The Bowery Presents will help move everything to the next level. Regional expansion has been a goal of mine, and I am looking forward to the new relationships that will come from this move.
Look for more details soon, with shows beginning this fall.
Grimes @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh Moore, talent buyer at Bowery Presents, is in charge of booking shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg, but you'll also find gigs he booked at places like Brooklyn Bowl, Webster Hall and Terminal 5. You can also blame him for both Jam Cruise and Holy Ship. Like his his associate Johnny Beach and ex-Bell House/Union Hall/Rock Shop booker Jack "Skippy" McFadden before him, Josh gave us a list of his favorite albums of 2012. Check it out, along with some related videos, below...
Bowery Ballroom (more by Tracy Allison)
If a show is happening at NYC's famous Bowery Ballroom, it was booked by Bowery Presents talent buyer Johnny Beach (who started at the company booking Mercury Lounge). Johnny also keeps busy by co-booking Webster Hall, Terminal 5, Union Transfer in Philly, and other Bowery Presents-affiliated venues. The man books shows all day and is literally at one or more almost every single night. He told us what albums he listened to the most in 2012. Check out his list, and some related videos, below...
The Bowery Presents, an independent promotion company based in New York City, and consulting Chef Michael Schlow are opening The Sinclair, a live-music venue and restaurant launching this fall. The livemusic space will accommodate 525 people with plans to host 200 shows annually, while the restaurant will seat 104 and will be open seven days a week. Located at 52 Church Street in the heart of Harvard Square [in Boston, MA], The Sinclair is the first restaurant project for The Bowery Presents...This press release comes after last week's announcement that Bowery Presents had hired Carl Lavin and Josh Smith who will "continue handle the talent buying and promotion of concerts at Boston's Great Scott and TT the Bear's Place. Additionally, Lavin and Smith will work in conjunction with Josh Bhatti for talent buying and promotion at Royale and the forthcoming Sinclair." Up until all of this, Royale, which opened in 2010, was the only venue in Boston Bowery Presents was booking exclusively. Now Bowery books all four of these venues exclusively, though the Sinclair is the only one they own.
"We are excited to open The Sinclair in such a historic, dynamic neighborhood," said Jim Glancy of The Bowery Presents. "The Bowery Presents has evolved over the years - from promoting concerts in small, intimate venues to arenas, amphitheaters and beyond. To build a venue in Boston, typically we would have retrofitted something in an existing space. For this project, we are taking the lessons that we've learned from our previous endeavors and creating The Sinclair with the best experience in mind for concert patrons and artists. We can't wait to share it with the citizens of Cambridge and the Boston area."
So far The Sinclair has shows set with Andrew Jackson Jihad (tour dates), Roky Erickson, Converge/Torche (tour dates), Title Fight (tour dates), David Wax Museum, Patrick Watson (tour dates) and others. Visit the Sinclair's website for the full upcoming schedule.
going HARD in NYC (more by Zachary Alex Stern)
NY Times reports:
Big money is flowing into electronic dance music. In the latest example of corporate interest in this once-ignored market, Live Nation Entertainment on Tuesday acquired Hard Events, a Los Angeles company that has put on popular festivals and concerts across North America.Deadmau5 also recently posted a note on his Tumblr saying "we all hit play", and maybe his fear of sinking cruise ships is why he is not on the lineup of this year's Holy Ship, which by the way is a highly successful venture (that sold out before the lineup was even announced) co-promoted by Bowery Presents AND HARD EVENTS (and that's just one of many events Bowery Presents does with Hard who are now owned by Bowery's biggest NYC competitor Live Nation).
Yet such investments are fueling fears that a bubble is taking hold in the world of electronic dance music, or E.D.M., jeopardizing the creative and commercial health of the music. The issue has been intensely debated inside the music business, and recently some of the genre's stars have sounded alarms as well.
"E.D.M. has turned into a massively marketed cruise ship, and it's sinking fast," the D.J. and producer Deadmau5 wrote on his Tumblr page on Tuesday. "All I'm trying to do is put on my life jacket and swim as far away from this shipwreck as fast as I can."
Rough Trade Retail Group (RTRG) proudly announces the forthcoming opening of Rough Trade NYC, Williamsburg, New York, USA.Stay tuned.
Due to open in Autumn this year, Rough Trade NYC will offer a large saturnalia for music lovers of all ages (even larger than multi-award winning Rough Trade East, London, UK).
In addition to being a place to discover, browse, debate and purchase the finest recorded music, Rough Trade NYC will partner with The Bowery Presents to feature a live performance area for in-store gigs, as well as operating at night as an intimate live music venue. The Bowery Presents has a strong history of operating first class concert venues including the Music Hall of Williamsburg located in the same neighborhood as Rough Trade NYC.
Rough Trade NYC will pay particular attention to its transatlantic dynamic by linking-up with Rough Trade's London stores, encouraging customers (and artists) in each country to interact across the ocean.
"At long last, we can finally confirm the next bold step in our evolution" says Rough Trade's co-owner, Stephen Godfroy. "We're extremely excited at the prospect of handing over the 'blank canvas', that is a Rough Trade store, to the music lovers of New York, allowing them make it their own culture agora, just as the people of London have so successfully achieved, with downturn-defying results."
"The Bowery Presents has always maintained a commitment to developing artists at the inception of their career, with Rough Trade NYC we have that opportunity in an exciting neighborhood and we are excited about the retail store and venue combination concept" says John Moore, partner, The Bowery Presents.
Rough Trade NYC also heralds the forthcoming arrival of a US version of the new, soon to launch, roughtrade.com online store, which will offer MP3 downloads alongside CD and vinyl, complete with subscription services.
Further exciting details will be announced in the months to come.
photos by Julie Schabel
Odd Future @ Hammerstein Ballroom - 3/20/2012
As you may have noticed when Bowery Presents announced an Odd Future show at Hammerstein Ballroom, the big NYC venue is no longer exclusive to Live Nation. The room also received a technology uprade. Venues today reports...
One of New York's iconic theaters is being retooled into a HD broadcast-capable concert facility, equipped to stream or broadcast any event live in beautiful 1080p.Tickets are on sale now for AEG-presented Tenacious D show at Hammerstein Ballroom which we're also giving away a pair of tickets to.
The iconic Hammerstein Ballroom, built in 1906 and once a popular stop for vaudeville acts, is now home to a new revolution in performing arts -- the complete integration of a state-of-the-art broadcast and recording studio. Since 1997, the Hammerstein has been the anchor of the Manhattan Center, a television and music studio used to record musical performances for television, special concert events and other programming.
In December, the Manhattan Center made two large changes to open the space up to new clients. First, they ended Live Nation's exclusive booking contract for the facility, opening up the 3,500-capacity standing room concert hall to independent promoters and anyone interested in booking the building.
The Manhattan Center management team also completed the installation of TV1, a new fully HD recording studio that allows any content performed at the space to be streamed in HD, or digitally delivered for future distribution. The upgrades come on top of some physical improvements to the building including renovated dressing rooms and a new marquee.
A few more pictures from the Bowery-presented Odd Future show, below...
The Capitol Theatre (note the new URL), located in Port Chester, NY, was built in 1926 and has been the home for a number rock concerts over the years, including shows by Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, and others. By the 1980s, the theatre began to book less and less concerts and more recently it has been used for events like weddings and bar mitzvahs. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
Ex-Wetlands owner/current Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro, in partnership with Bowery Presents, plans to begin booking shows there again, with a re-opening planned for mid-2012. According to a press release,
"The Capitol Theatre is a rock and roll icon and we are going to treat her as such," says Shapiro. "We are going to spoil her and give her the best of everything - the best sound, the best lights, and the best video projection technology of any theatre anywhere. Our plan is to turn the knob to 11 in every way possible."John Moore of Bowery events also had this to say:
"Since spending Thanksgiving weekend 1992 at the theatre with Phish, I've dreamed of promoting at The Cap' one day," says John Moore, partner at The Bowery Presents. "We are excited to partner with Peter on the reopening and introduce a new generation of talented performers to its legendary stage, as well as reacquaint some of the biggest names in music with the house. We look forward to creating memorable concert experiences and reestablishing Port Chester as a destination for music lovers."The Capitol has a 1,835-capacity, 65-foot ceiling, a general admission floor, seated balcony, VIP seats, and six presidential box suites. Its Port Chester location is 22 miles from NYC and is accessible by I-95 or by taking the train from Grand Central to the Port Chester Metro North station.
The NY Times points out that there may be some competition from other local theaters:
The 500-seat Ridgefield Playhouse in Connecticut, which is about 30 miles from Port Chester and puts on about 100 concerts a year, insists that musicians not play within 60 miles for two months before a concert and one month after. The Paramount Center for the Arts, a 960-seat theater in Peekskill, N.Y., also about 30 miles from the Capitol, in recent years has presented shows with Gregg Allman, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and the B-52s. It has even stricter stipulations: bands must not play within a 90-mile radius for two months before and three months after a concert.But Shapiro has said that he "would not make similar demands of acts, partly because he does not consider it necessary. The Capitol, he argued, is much larger than those other stages, so he can court a different caliber of band."
The Paramount's demographic also differs from most Bowery Presents shows. Hopefully The Capitol will start bringing more interesting shows to Westchester, like fellow (but smaller) Westchester venue Tarrytown Music Hall has done with shows like Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, and The Zombies (not that Tarrytown isn't also bringing in plenty of shows for baby boomers). We'll probably see a lot of similarities between The Capitol and NJ's similarly-sized and Bowery-booked Wellmont Theater which is also about the same distance from NYC in another direction. The Wellmont gets everyone from Chicago to Passion Pit to Dark Star Orchestra.
A picture of The Capitol's interior, Peter Shapiro at the Okayplayer holiday party, some old fliers and the full press release, below...
Pitchfork, The Bowery Presents, and Killscreen are postponing FORMS, the NYC-based event series we collectively created as a way to celebrate the best of music, art, games, and the intersections in between. As the series took shape these past few months, we found it growing bigger and more complex in very exciting ways. We followed those threads, expanded the vision, and simply ran out of time. Pitchfork, Bowery Presents, and Killscreen have a history of throwing spectacular events and producing great content, and we have decided to give ourselves more time to ensure that FORMS is the best it can be. For now, we plan to take a brief pause and provide more information later.FORMS was supposed to go down in multiple NYC venues this February.
Pitchfork Fest (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The online music magazine that runs the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago -- the influential outdoor showcase for indie bands -- has plans to start a new festival in New York City next February, teaming up with the one of city's largest music promoters, The Bowery Presents.
The new festival in New York will be called "Pitchfork Presents: Forms" and will include works by visual artists and game designers at galleries, museums and unconventional performance spaces around the city, along with four days of performances at clubs run by Bowery Presents, organizers said.
Christopher Kaskie, the president of Pitchfork, said his company had been seeking a way to do a festival in New York for several years, but did not think a large, outdoor event at a park, like the Chicago festival, would be successful in a city with such a crowded social calendar and so little public space.
"We never thought that kind of a model would really work that well in New York," he said. "We've been strategizing for a number of years on how we could come up and do a festival that was impactful and unique."
The decision was reached earlier this year to do most of the events inside at established clubs and to incorporate more visual artists and independent video-game designers into the mix, creating some multimedia events. "It's going to be more of an urban festival," he said.
John Moore, a partner in The Bowery Presents, said the lineup of bands for the concert had not been determined, but he expects to book between 50 and 75 acts, all in the indie vein. Passes to the entire festival will be available, but people may also buy a ticket to a single night of performances one of the promoter's clubs - The Music Hall of Williamsburg, the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge and Terminal 5. The prices for tickets have yet to be announced. Those tickets will be in the $15 to $30 range. Some of the multimedia events at galleries, museums and unconventional spaces during the day will be free, he said. [NY Times]
words & photos by Colin Kerrigan
Rumors that Sean Agnew of R5 Productions was planning to open his own venue had been swirling around for a couple years now but were always denied by Mr. Agnew. However, everyone had a sense that it was bound to happen eventually. Earlier this year it was finally confirmed. Agnew/R5 Productions teamed up with NY promoters Bowery Presents and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management to open a new Philly venue.
Union Transfer, which was most recently a gigantic Spaghetti Warehouse and was apparently at one time a train depot back in the day, had captured the attention of all the music lovers in the city prior to its opening. Everyone wanted to know what it was like and what the sound was like (R5 boasted that it would be the best sounding venue in the city). On Wednesday night they found out.
The space has very tall ceilings with chandeliers hanging down, both standing and seated balconies (with great sightlines), three different bars each with their own unique atmostphere, plenty of floor space and the sound lived up to expectations.
Even though the venue has had only one show so far but it's safe to say that the venue is one of, if not the best, venue in the city.
a musician playing Mercury Lounge (more by Chris La Putt)
"The owners of famed New York City nightspot Mercury Lounge on Monday hit concert promotion giant Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and the club's former chief booking agent with unfair competition and contract claims, claiming Live Nation poached the agent." [Law 360]Messy.
Union Transfer rendering
Lots of interesting stuff to report in the world of live concert promotions...
NYC concert promoter Bowery Presents, who already has expanded to NJ, Boston, Maine, and Canandaigua, NY (not to mention MSG, Jones Beach, the Meadowlands, Radio City, etc), is opening a new music venue in Philadelphia this month. In partnership with Philly's one and only Sean Agnew of R5 Productions, and Avram Hornik and Mark Fichera of Four Corners Management, Union Transfer is...
... "named after the original train depot station that occupied the building [and] was developed by the group to meet Philadelphia's need for a mid-sized live music space and will accommodate 600 people. The general admission venue boasts a flexible capacity and can manage up to 1,000 people for larger crowds. Located at 1004-26 Spring Garden St, steps from Center City, Union Transfer is slated to open on September 21, 2011.Clap Your Hands Say Yeah headline the very first show at the new space. Felice Brothers, Shellac, Mogwai, Tune-Yards, RJD2, Langhorne Slim, Little Dragon, CSS, Odd Future, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, The Black Angels, Boris, SBTRKT and many others are also already on the initial schedule.
In perhaps less exciting news for Bowery Presents, Mercury Lounge talent buyer Jay Belin has reportedly moved on and started booking Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and the new Paramount Theatre in Huntington, Long Island for Live Nation.
The Paramount Theatre is...
...located on New York Avenue a block and a half north of Main Street. The space is the former home of the nonprofit Inter-Media Arts Center (IMAC), which closed its doors in 2009 after 26 years of hosting jazz, folk and blues concerts.Upcoming shows at the Paramount include Rusted Root, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, Weird Al Yankovic, BB King, Willie Nelson, the Pixies, Brand New and Ray Davies.
The 1,500-capacity venue has been undergoing renovations for months. Among the changes, there will be a VIP lounge on the balcony and a member's only "Founder's Room" with a separate entrance in addition to the general admission floor.
"With both the architecture and the vibe of the venue dedicated to quality sound, hospitality, and experience, The Paramount is sure to be a hotspot for all of Long Island, and especially for Huntington," the founders said in a news release." [Long Island Press]
Speaking of moving on, Rock Shop booker Jack McFadden aka Skippy has moved to the music capital of Texas. He is still booking the Brooklyn club (and other NYC rooms) though. You just won't see him there as much.
Speaking of Brooklyn Bowl, and last but not least for this post, the Wetlands is having a Class of '96 reunion at Brooklyn Bowl on Sunday (9/11). Ex-employees of the famed Tribeca club who will probably be in attendance include Rocks Off founder Jake Szufnarowski, Bowery Ballroom (and Union Transfer co-booker) Johnny Beach and of course ex-Wetlands owner and current Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro. Brooklyn Bowl hosted a Wetlands get together of sorts in 2010 too, though that one was on a much sadder note, as it was to remember Wetlands' very first employee Dave Nolan who died of a heart attack last year.
poster art via Emblem Studio
WHAT. A. SHOW.That review refers to the show My Morning Jacket played Friday night in Portland, Maine. The show marked the reopening of Portland's State Theatre, courtesy of Bowery Presents who will also host the band at Terminal 5 in NYC for five nights starting tonight.
If I could have made it to any of the T5 shows (which I can't) it would have been TFF so I was so happy they played a bunch of tunes from that on Friday. They Ran had an incredible outro which some wailing falsetto. I've never been much of a Butch Cassidy fan, but this live version made me appreciate it so much more (the sounds Tommy was getting out of his bass were incredible). I was really hoping for a Dondante and it was great to hear this song after a few shows without it.
The encore was a thing of perfection for me, but hell the whole show was perfect! Phone Went West is a great song to "end" the show on before a rippin' One Big Holiday. I was right in front of Carl and got blasted with confetti during OBH, a great touch.
There was a point during the encore when I realized how wonderful my life was as I stood holding my woman watching my favorite band in the world play the best setlist I've ever seen.
LONG LIVE THE JACKET
FIVE NIGHTS @ TERMINAL 5 IN NYCAccording to Bowery Presents, tickets are still available for the first two nights, but you can always try your luck to see if they put more on sale for the other nights too.
10/18 - MMJ plays The Tennessee Fire, Dungen opens
10/19 - MMJ plays At Dawn - Hacienda opens
10/20 - night off, Carl Broemel plays Joe's Pub
10/21 - MMJ plays It Still Moves - Elvis Perkins in Dearland opens
10/22 - MMJ plays Z - Holly Miranda opens
10/23 - MMJ plays Evil Urges - Everest opens
You can also try your luck winning a pair of tickets. I have one pair to "Tennessee Fire" and one pair to the "Z" show. Details below.
Before Maine, like Gorillaz before them, My Morning Jacket played an hour set "Live on Letterman". Watch the whole thing below.
Between Maine and NYC, My Morning Jacket stopped by Levon Helm's Ramble (Saturday night) where they played a 10-song set in addition to jamming with Levon. The setlist from that show, the Maine show (with videos), the Letterman show (with video), and contest details, below....