Entries tagged with: Jersey City
Lowe's Jersey City in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City is one of the last of the grand old movie palaces, having first opened in 1929. Purchased by the city in 1993, it not only shows movies -- an amazing place to see revival fare (they're currently showing The Music Man) -- but also hosts live bands, such as Neutral Milk Hotel recently, Jeff Mangum in 2011, The Magnetic Fields in 2008, and The Decemberists back in 2007 to name a few. Now, according to NJ.com, the Loew's is to undergo a serious renovation, part of an effort by the city's government to revitalize the Journal Square district the theater calls home. Among those vying for the contract are two huge concert promoters -- Live Nation, A.E.G. Live -- and Ace Theatrical Group, which is restoring the Loew's Kings Theater in Brooklyn.
Whichever company gets it, they must meet the city's following conditions:
1) At least thirty (30) community/local performances/events (sponsored and/or produced by local community groups or other City residents), which include but are not limited to school/youth programs, programs for senior citizens, performancesMeanwhile, Friends of Loew's, the nonprofit group that currently handles its booking, is suing for breach of contract.
from local artists, lectures or other academic programs, or cultural celebrations
2) At least twenty (20) musical performances by nationally recognized artists
3) At least ten (10) theatrical or other stage performances
4) At least ten (10) comedy performances
5) At least twenty (20) other performances/events (may include event types listed above)
6) Allowance for twenty (20) events to be sponsored and produced privately by the Friends of the Loew's Inc. community group
7) Allowance for private event booking only during times in which the facility is not reserved for any of the types of events listed above
Ex-Maxwell's and current-Bell House booker Todd Abramson is the man to thank for all the great BV-friendly shows we've seen at Loew's Jersey in recent years, so hopefully he still has a part no matter what happens, or maybe he'll just focus all his energy on new Jersey City venue White Eagle Hall, which we also recently got an update on:
After purchasing White Eagle Hall in November 2012, LoPiccolo began restoration and, together with Levina, started to develop plans for the building's future. They hope to open it in late spring. With Levina serving as artistic director, The Jersey City Theater Center at White Eagle Hall is slated to be an 800-person capacity, flexible-use space for music, dance, theater, and visual arts. Levina is intent on preserving the community-inspired directive of the building's creator. "One big part of our mission is to preserve history in Jersey City," she says. "It's been a golden door for immigrants. For an immigrant coming from another land it's a process. We want to incorporate that history."Read more at the Hudson Reporter, though Todd tells us that no acts are booked yet. They're waiting for a set opening date to start moving things forward. We can't wait to see it!
The ceiling--and the stained glass--will be fully restored, with some necessary modifications.
Inside the building, laid into the magnificent, sky-high ceiling, are stained-glass portraits of two Polish icons--pianist/composer Frederic Chopin (who is also French, Levina offers during our tour) and opera singer and teacher Marcella Sembrich, who performed with the New York Met and taught at Juilliard.
Today's music lovers from Jersey and beyond will rejoice to hear that Todd Abramson, co-owner of and music booker for Hoboken's legendary Maxwell's, will be booking local and national music acts for White Eagle Hall. He and LoPiccolo hired a top-notch sound company to ensure the stained glass can withstand the vibrations and decibels sent upward in its direction.
The facade of The White Eagle Hall
On the heels of the announcement of Maxwell's closing and the subsequent block party to commemorate it, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that a new venue is scheduled to open down the road in Jersey City by Spring 2014. The venue will open in The White Eagle Hall, located on Newark Avenue. Says WSJ:
Owner Ben LoPiccolo and his partner, Olga Levina, have unveiled plans for a multipurpose theater, arts and music venue that could accommodate about 400 people sitting and 800 standing in its main hall, which includes a balcony. On the ground floor, two restaurants that would also host live music are planned.The Wall Street Journal also reports that Maxwell's booker/co-owner Todd Abramson met with the owners of the space to discuss possible booking, but no agreement has been reached. Abramson hopes to open a new venue to "fill the void" left by Maxwell's.
a ticket to see Jeff in Jersey City (via Deanna Cannonball)
"Jeff Mangum's two sold-out shows at the Loew's Jersey theater in Journal Square on November 5 and 6 resembled a church service more than a rock concert.The rebirth of Jeff Mangum continues. After playing two sold out shows at Loew's in Jersey City over the past two nights, even more dates have been announced for the Neutral Milk Hotel frontman, and they include New Haven, Brooklyn, Philly, and a rescheduled UK ATP. All dates, with on-sale info, below...
The 1,500-strong audience sat quietly throughout both performances; the artist sat too, lit from above, on a bare stage flanked by four acoustic guitars. The audience applauded politely after each song; sometimes they clapped as the familiar chords of some cherished old favorite began, too. Once or twice -- following Mangum's earnest entreaties -- the crowd attempted to sing along, although even that sounded more like hymns in a cathedral than generational anthems at a big rock show.
Worship may be too strong a word to describe the relationship between Mangum and his fans, but barely so." [Jersey City Independent]
The mysterious Wordless show will NOT be in NYC (it's in Cambridge, MA), but Jeff Mangum will in fact play NYC's Town Hall on October 29th AND Loew's Theatre in Jersey City (where the Strokes are filming a video today) on November 6th. Tickets TBA. All dates (Toronto in AUGUST included), below...
All Points West 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
Executives at AEG Live, the promoter of All Points West, say they have not yet decided whether it will return for a third year.
"There is no question that our biggest challenge is finding suitable headliners, and it has been more challenging this year than in the past," said Mark Shulman, a veteran talent buyer for AEG. "No final determination of any kind has been made for 2010."
But many in the music industry doubt whether All Points West, which has been held in August, will return this summer. A number of prominent booking agents and other executives, most of whom requested anonymity because they did not want to jeopardize business with AEG, said that nothing had been booked and that it would be very difficult for AEG to put a lineup together this late in the year, since most artists' plans for the summer were already set.
[NY Times] (thx Hiro)
"After a soggy Friday and sunny Saturday, the thunderstorms returned for the third and last day of All Points West, this time resulting in major delays and canceled sets for the festival held at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. But after the rain cleared and mercifully stayed away, organizers hustled to get the schedule back on track, culminating in a dazzler of a headlining set by British rockers Coldplay.As you may have heard, Coldplay's Sunday night set included covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your Right". Jay-Z covered "No Sleep Till Brooklyn on Friday.
Sunday's line-up, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. in the comedy tent and 2 p.m. on the music stages, was pushed back several hours due to severe storms that hit the area midday. Fans who arrived early were turned away at the gates, and it wasn't until just before 4 p.m. that ticket holders were invited to line up at the festival entrance for an even longer wait for admission. Comedians Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan and Janeane Garofalo, originally slated for 45-minute sets at the Queen of the Valley tent, were rushed through with 10 minutes each to make way for the musical acts that followed them. "I might do a tour of entirely rained-out festivals," said Barry, "it's big money for not a lot of work at all."
Some sets were canceled altogether--indie rockers Steel Train and New Jersey punk band the Gaslight Anthem, scheduled to take the main Blue Comet stage in the afternoon, were scrapped to allow later bands to perform at their scheduled times." [Billboard]
MGMT played against Coldplay on Sunday, and Echo and The Bunnymen instead opened for Coldplay on the main stage (with Courtney Love watching in the wings). Akron/Family, Silversun Pickups, Mogwai, Lykke Li, Elbow, the Black Keys, and others also played sets on the shortened, very wet day. More pictures, and the two Coldplay cover videos, and some setlists, below....
mud, Tool & Ice T
During his Friday night set at the All Points West festival in Jersey City, Jay-Z took a moment to salute trail-blazing gangsta-rapper Ice-T, who, Jay-Z said, was "in the house." And Saturday afternoon, Ice-T took the stage to perform as a backing rapper during Kool Keith's second-stage performance.Though it didn't rain on Saturday (8/1), it was still super muddy. There were dry spots, but you literally could not walk from one place to another without going through some mud. Other highlights of the second day of All Points West included comedy by Tim & Eric in the tent (aka the third stage), back-to-back sets by St. Vincent and Neko Case on the 2nd stage, and the Arctic Monkeys and Gogol Bordello on the main stage. But nothing topped the end of the day. Now fully dark out and perfect weather, My Bloody Valentine, with the Statue of Liberty to their right and the Manhattan skyline straight ahead of them, delivered the power. The hour they played was, for me, the perfect festival experience.
"Sometimes it's just cool to stand on the side of the stage and be a hype man," said Ice-T.
He did, though, perform parts of his own raps, "Hardcore" and "God Forgive Me," a cappella.
With his confident, casually commanding flow, he made a strong impression in his few brief moments in the spotlight.
In addition to Jay-Z and Kool Keith, hip-hop acts like Q-Tip, the Knux and the Cool Kids have performed at All Points West. Hip-hop, though, will not figure prominently in the third and final day of the festival, Sunday. [NJ.com]
My Bloody Valentine
It helped that My Bloody Valentine, as they are known for being, were LOUD. Maybe they didn't seem as loud as they did inside a club, but they were loud enough that even those in the bleachers were putting on their earplugs if they had them. After their set I ran all the way back to the dance tent (pretty much the farthest distance you would have to ever go at this festival) to catch Crystal Castles. The tent was packed with the largest concentration of youth I'd seen in Liberty State Park up until that point. Everyone was dancing and cheering. Before CC were finished I ran back to the main stage to watch Tool.
During My Bloody Valentine I thought, "well, there are plenty of people here, but I guess they could fit a lot more". Ends up, all of those people that could fit, they showed up for Tool! Did they all just get there? Were they hiding in other areas? Either way, it totally hit me by surprise when I got back to the stage. I was also surprised, but happy, that Tool hadn't gone on yet. They don't play a super long set, so maybe they delayed to make the show go until curfew.
Once they did start, the amount of fist pumping (much bro fist pumping included) going on almost matched the amount of people in the park. I wouldn't consider myself a Tool fan, but there was no denying the awesomeness of their show.
"On a bill loaded with indie rock, Tool seemed initially distinguished by their popularity. They were the only band on Saturday's bill to have a platinum record, and the only performers to have won Grammys, and the only ones with enough starpower to sell out arenas on their own. And yet despite their high profile, Tool hardly behave like a mainstream band. Saturday's set was an exercise in atmosphere -- a dark, riveting performance that minimized the members of band while foregrounding their stranger sensibilities.I took the light rail to the park, but then the ferry home. Props to APW for making the ferry experience a much, much better one this year (no line at all, huge boats, very quick trip home, and I didn't even leave until Tool was finished).
Visually, the show was stunning. Tool perform to a series of bleak films mostly created by the artist Adam Jones, and beamed out giant-size across Liberty State Park they seemed more imposing and unnerving than ever. Opening with the sinister, twisting "Jambi," the group slowly worked its way through a set that spanned its small catalog. Part of what makes Tool concerts such visceral experiences is the band's peerless sense of control and release. Songs start with icicle drip guitars and rolling, tribal percussion, steadily building to perfectly timed explosions of sound. When paired with Jones' frightening films, it became more like a theater experience than a concert. At times it was remarkably easy to forget there was a band onstage at all." [Rolling Stone]
Pictures from APW day one HERE. More from day two below...
"It was announced during Vampire Weekend's rain-soaked but well-attended 6 p.m. set on the main "Blue Comet" stage that due to the weather, single-day Friday tickets would be accepted for festival entry on Saturday and Sunday. This elicited quite a few cheers, presumably from those who had not already purchased weekend tickets. While the early afternoon had been hot and sunny, allowing for clear views of nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, the storm clouds rolled in rapidly just as Fleet Foxes took the stage at 3:30 p.m. The wind, rain and thunder actually worked as fitting accompaniments to the band's dramatic harmonies, a fact not lost on the Foxes themselves. "We kind of look like a guild of wizards here to deliver an ominous warning," said drummer J. Tillman, one of several bearded members of the band. ""I'm going to leave the stage on a horse." [Billboard]Before we head out to APW Day Two (schedule here), here are some pictures from Friday (7/31)....
APW mud by Chris La Putt
As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tore into hits like "Zero" and "Runaway" at the All Points West Music and Arts Festival in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Danielle Pukala, 24, from New York City and Kate Pluta, 24, from Boston, danced away happily in the mud.There's no way all the mud from Friday is going to disappear by Saturday. Plan accordingly! More APW-muddy pictures below...
"We're just having fun with it!," said Danielle.
And with the Yeah Yeah Yeah's high-energy performance, it was hard to keep still. The band ripped through songs from their latest album, "It's Blitz!" and well as older hits from their previous album "Show Your Bones."
And though it was only visible on the big-screen, lead singer Karen O wore an armband that read "Get well MCA," a tribute to Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, who had to cancel All Points West when he announced that he was diagnosed with cancer. [NJ.com]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8:15pm (by Sky Holden)
no more rain @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8:10pm (by Kunal Merchant )
Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8pm (by Chinae Alexander)
no more rain @ APW - July 31, 2009 - about 8pm (by Chinae Alexander)
view from the APW ferry - July 31, 2009 around 4pm (Emily Meyer)
during Fleet Foxes @ APW - July 31, 2009 around 4pm (Trey Many)
All Points West is underway. The rain has held off so far, but looks like a big storm is on its way. Fleet Foxes are playing on the main stage as I type this with The National up next. An early afternoon highlight was Seasick Steve (who also played a set at Mercury Lounge the other night).
The All Points West festival is dominated by young bands. But one of the best early sets came from Seasick Steve, a sixtysomething journeyman bluesman with a big gray beard.Hearless Bastards, Shearwater, Eugene Mirman and Telepathe have all already played as well. Seasick Steve has another show coming up at Southpaw. Videos from Mercury Lounge below...
Steve, who has received a lot of media attention in the United Kingdom over the last few years, appeared solo, accompanying his gruff vocals with simple but propulsive guitar riffs, and stomping out a beat with his left foot. He did sing one tender ballad, directed to a young, female volunteer from the audience, who sat beside him. But mostly this was raw, almost primitive blues in the tradition of Hound Dog Taylor and John Lee Hooker, and the crowd ate it up.
"Boy, there's enough of us here to fill a bar. So we're gonna make it a bar," he said.
He played a few different low-budget guitars. One was made out of a cigar box. Another had only three strings. [NJ.com]
Not many major conflicts. Some people will probably be upset with the overlap of MGMT and Coldplay. Not many people will probably be catching the Heartless Bastards. The full APW schedule below...
Following last year's inaugural event, festival producers began work immediately on resolving concerns expressed by fans in attendance. They have worked closely with their partners at NJ Transit to improve light-rail service and capacity. As an added value for 2009, festival goers who choose to travel to the site utilizing the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail line can ride for free throughout the weekend with their ALL POINTS WEST festival ticket. Additionally, based on the popularity of the ferry as a mode of transportation from lower Manhattan to Liberty State Park, the frequency and size of the ferryboats will increase at a reduced price for festival attendees.... The producers have also worked with their partners at Liberty State Park to improve the fan experience in the beer gardens. This year's areas will be larger, have shorter lines, and feature shade tents, views of the stages and food concessions...The second annual ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL returns to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey Friday, July 31, Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Like last year, bands will play on three stages, except "the Queen of the Valley stage has been changed to a Coachella-like tent creating an environment that will showcase comedy, DJs, electronic acts and bands."
More details on the items above will be posted at the apwfestival.com. The entire lineup (it's good!) and ticket info, below...
Photos by Chris La Putt
Shugo Tokumaru opened for the Magnetic Fields at the Loews Theater in Jersey City, New Jersey last night (10/23). The headliner's setlist and more pictures from the show below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
Cat Power came after Rodrigo y Gabriela on the main stage Sunday. It was raining. I decided it was worth getting a little wet so I stood there getting wet (I didn't bring an umbrella and I'm too cool to wear a poncho). Like they did at Lollapalooza, Chan Marshall and band blazed through an hour set that was a mix of the bluesier, big-band new stuff and the mellower old stuff that I like better. Better or not, her whole set was worth paying attention to and then it stopped raining (though it would start again later in the day). At that point I decided to make the best of the rest of Sunday. Also, I had never seen the new version of The Secret Machines. More pictures and recap below...
The ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL LINE-UP (as of 2/21) is as follows: Radiohead, Jack Johnson, Underworld, Kings of Leon, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Cat Power, The Roots, The New Pornographers, Youssou N'Dour, Animal Collective, Andrew Bird, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Metric, CSS, Girl Talk, Chromeo, The Go! Team, Amadou & Mariam, The Black Angels, Sia, The Felice Brothers, K'Naan, Jason Isbell, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Alberta Cross, The Virgins, Black Kids, Mates of State, Duffy, Forro in the Dark, Nicole Atkins, Juana Molina, Little Brother, Rogue Wave, Neil Halstead and Your Vegas.Radiohead is in fact headlining two days (Friday and Saturday), and Jack Johnson is also one of the headliners (Sunday) (who wants to stay out late on a Sunday anyway?). More details below...
It is reported in the newest issue of URB that Radiohead will headline two of the three nights at All Points West, the New York City Festival being put on by AEG Live and Goldenvoice, the folks behind Coachella. [URB]By "NYC Festival", they mean the one in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey (close enough). More Radiohead tour dates HERE.