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Ariel Pink

"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
Union Transfer

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.

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]

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.

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 expanding, the race is on to see who can open in Chicago first. Will it be Brooklyn Bowl? or City Winery?

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.

...and DJ Awesome Good Times

Sam Champion
Sam Champion

The Virgins are also playing a show April 23rd at Mercury Lounge with Sam Champion. The show is also being billed as the "Jay Good Times Bday Party". Jay Good Times is one half of "DJ Awesome GoodTimes" and not coincedentally, the band booker at the club the show is happening at.

The Virgins 10:30
Sam Champion 9:30
DJ Awesome Good Times 9:00
Sam Champion have a new song available at RCRD LBL.

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DOWNLOAD: The Big Sleep - Elephants (MP3)

THE BIG SLEEP @ FONTANA'S, NYC | OCT 23, 2006 (CRED / MORE)
The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep are playing the free BrooklynVegan show @ The Annex on Saturday November 4th @ 3:45 pm. Check my last Big Sleep post for more CMJ dates. Keep reading at the end of this post for even more dates.

Name and occupation?
danny barria, guitarist.

Is this your first time playing CMJ?
no, i played with mahogany a few years back
and with sonya two years before that.

What were you doing last year during CMJ?
last year, i was watching as many other bands as i could
and wishing we'd finished our record.

Any tips for those coming to NYC from out of town?
go to the museum of natural history,
check out the promenade at night,
buy johnny beach/jay belin/christen thomas/rory ahearn a drink,
and keep an eye on your instruments,
don't leave them in your van overnight.

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Tour Dates below....

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