Entries tagged with: Long Island
photos by Christina Domingues
Gene Ween as Billy Joel at Brooklyn Bowl 5/31/2015
The Daily News reports:
The Piano Man may soon have a road named after him.Billy Joel plays the final show at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum-as-we-now-know-it in August.
The state Senate last week passed a bill to rename a section of state Route 107 in the Long Island town of Oyster Bay after native son Billy Joel.
"Even after all his success, he still supports his hometown community," Sen. Jack Martins (R-Nassau County) said in a bill sponsor memo.
Meanwhile, Gene Ween has been out on the road playing Billy Joel tribute shows. The first of two Brooklyn shows happened on Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl, just down the street from the venue we were celebrating The Chris Gethard show in at the same time. After a Philly show, Gene, er I mean Billy then played Brooklyn Bowl again last night (5/31). The Roosevelts report from the first one (which was sold out):
For just $15, fans were treated to a standing room experience at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Bowl--a stark contrast to Joel's arena extravaganzas. The intimate and energetic performance featured note-for-note covers of hits such as "Big Shot," "Only the Good Die Young," "Captain Jack," and "Angry Young Man." Freeman was backed by a six-piece band that perfectly recreated every song with piano, synths, saxes, and more.Watch some videos of the magic, below...
photo: Body Count @ Afropunk Fest 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Ice-T's only upcoming North American Body Count show was scheduled to happen with Suffocation this Sunday (5/31) at the Paramount in Long Island, BUT, like every version of Law & Order except SVU, the concert is "officially canceled. Refunds on all tickets are now available at points of purchase: Ticketmaster or The Paramount Box Office. For additional questions or concerns, please contact The Paramount at 631-673-7300."
Body Count begins a European tour on June 4th. Those dates are still happening as far as we know, and they're listed below...
Nassau Coliseum, don't go changing, to try and please me. You never let me down before. I took the good times. I'll take the bad times. I'll take you just the way you are!
Oh, fuck it. Say goodbye to Nassau Coliseum. Say goodbye my baby.
A press release released today reads:
Tickets for Billy Joel in the final show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum have sold out in less than five minutes, generating one of the quickest selling concerts ever at the Coliseum. Tickets went on sale this morning at 10 a.m.The Who, New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain will also play Nassau Coliseum this summer before it closes.
The world-renowned Long Island artist will play on Tuesday, August 4 before the venue closes for an extensive renovation. The arena will reopen as a world-class sports and entertainment destination in December 2016.
"Billy Joel closing Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it's only fitting that this show is one of the quickest sellouts ever at the Coliseum," said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, who will oversee Nassau Events Center's reimagined venue. "We are honored to have Long Island's favorite son play the final show before we begin to create a spectacular venue that the community deserves."
Joel, who was raised in Hicksville and remains a Long Island resident, has played 31 shows at Nassau Coliseum. His last solo appearance was in 1998 when he sold out nine shows, setting the building record for the most sellouts in one year. A banner with his name hangs in the rafters in his honor.
The show is presented by Bruce Ratner and Nassau Events Center (NEC), the same management team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The centerpiece of a major lifestyle and retail development, the reimagined Coliseum will be developed, operated, and programmed by NEC.
Billy Joel also continues to play every month at the Garden.
Gene Ween pays tribute to Billy Joel at much smaller shows later this month.
by Ian Chainey
Mother Brain at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Drew Gurian)
France's Department of Correction achieved two grindcore rites of passage this year, releasing a split with mincers Agathocles and wiggling themselves onto a six-way split (Monsters! from Kaotoxin). Busy? You bet, but they're not done. In August, the Persian quartet will tour the US with Jersey's blasting duo Budd Dwyer. The two will trek across the entire country, including stops in Baltimore, Austin, and Los Angeles. On August 8, they'll shake the floor at NYC's Saint Vitus along with stunning sludgesters Sea of Bones and the core craziness of Mother Brain. Tickets are $10 at the door and in advance.
Mother Brain, who released unrelentingly ripping Rise and Grind 7" back in March, will also be joining Department of Correction and Budd Dwyer at Obnoxious Noise Fest 2014 on August 9. The fest will take place on Long Island at Even Flow Bar and Grill in Bay Shore, New York and features a stacked bill including Malignancy, Artificial Brain, Pyrrhon, and more. Mutilation Rites were on the bill, but "had to drop off [due] to unfortunate circumstances. A replacement band will be announced shortly." Tickets are $20 at the door.
In related news, Pyrrhon will also be playing the Tombs record release show at Saint Vitus on July 25. Tombs also just released a beer. Mutilation Rites released their album Harbinger this week, which you can find discussed with other new releases in Invisible Oranges' Upcoming Metal Releases. And Sea of Bones are currently out on the road. The aforementioned August 8 date is their final stop.
All of the dates along with flyers, streams from Department of Correction, Mother Brain, Budd Dwyer, and Sea of Bones appear below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Mastodon at Terminal 5 (more by Chris La Putt)
Tour junkies Mastodon just released a new album, and they'll be going once more 'round North America in support of it. Once again they'll be joined by Gojira and Kvelertak in what continues to be a fruitful road-bound collaboration. The tour doesn't include any NYC dates this time, but the bands will make stops at Long Island's Paramount Theater on Halloween and NJ's Starland Ballroom (11/1) a day later. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (7/11) at 10 AM and noon, respectively, and there will be an Invisible Oranges presale for all dates starting Thursday at 10am (local time). We'll update this post with the pre-sale password soon. All dates are listed with ticket links below.
UPDATE: PRESALE PASSWORD HERE.
Once More 'Round The Sun is Mastodon's sixth studio album, and is charting really well (It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard, #1 Top Rock Album in the U.S.).
The Hold Steady @ BV SXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Hold Steady and Drive-By Truckers both just released new albums, and both will be on their own tours this summer. Their paths intersect for two co-headlining shows, both in the NYC area: Jun 27 at Asbury Park, NJ's Stone Pony Summer Stage and June 28 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY. Tickets for those two shows go on sale Friday (4/4) at 10 AM but there's a BrooklynVegan presale for both starting today (4/1) that runs from 10:15 AM to 10 PM. Password is "BROOKLYNVEGAN". Get them now!
All dates, including a run the Hold Steady are doing with Deer Tick, are listed below.
Drive-By Truckers @ Terminal 5 recently (more by Greg Cristman)
The Drive-By Truckers recently played Terminal 5 in NYC as part of a tour with Blitzen Trapper. We have pictures from that show. The Hold Steady were one of our headliners at SXSW this year, and just released a new album.
Check out our recent interview with Tad Kubler.
If you miss the BV presale, there are also fan club and Live Nation presales starting Wednesday (4/2) at 10 AM for the NYC shows (before the regular on sale Friday). All tour dates for both bands are listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Cherie Currie @ Revolution Bar & Music Hall - 11/8/13
Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie is seemingly getting closer to the release of her long-awaited solo album, but ahead of that she's on a solo tour which began in NYC at Gramercy Theatre last week (11/6). After the NYC show, the tour hit a few other venues in surrounding areas, including Amityville's Revolution Bar & Music Hall on Friday (11/8). Pictures of that Long Island show are in this post.
Cherie played a couple songs from the upcoming solo album, including "Mr. X" and her cover of Sweeney Todd's "Roxy Roller." She also played a number of Runaways songs -- "Cherry Bomb," "American Nights," "Queens of Noise" and more -- plus covers of The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" (which she dedicated to Lou Reed), Tommy James & the Shondells' "Draggin' the Line," and her set-ending rendition of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," which was featured on the soundtrack to the Runaways movie and has also been covered by former Runaway Joan Jett. Speaking of, Joan was in attendance at the Long Island show (pictured below), but didn't make any appearances on stage. Instead of an encore, Cherie hung out with fans and very kindly signed anything and everything all the fans handed her.
More pictures of the show, including one of the setlist, along with videos of "Cherry Bomb," "Rebel Rebel," and "Rock and Roll" (from the Gramercy show), below...
The home was the place where Coltrane wrote A Love Supreme, one of the greatest jazz compositions ever. There was a studio in the basement that certainly heard some of the greatest music of the 20th century. Sunday's benefit at En Japanese Brasserie was a fun time for a great cause, namely to raise $85,000 to finish the restoration of the endangered John & Alice Coltrane home on Candlewood Path in Dix Hills in Huntington Town on Long Island, NY (just south of the LIE off exit 51). Over the last ten+ years, the efforts originally pioneered by Steve Fulgoni have blossomed into the reality that the home will be saved and fully restored. A new roof was recently put on along with other improvements and the home, which has had many water-related issues, is finally waterproof again. The intention is to turn the 3 acre property into a park and "restore the home to the way it was when the Coltrane family lived there and open it to the public as a historic home to educate children and all people about John and Alice Coltrane and their life's mission to be a force for good through their music."
Many dignitaries spoke such as 'Friends of the Coltrane Home' COO Ron Stein of Huntington Town and Dr. Cornel West whose impassioned, sermon-like speech taught us the religion of Coltrane. Carlos Santana gave a heartfelt tribute to the great Coltrane icons John & Alice. Steve Fulgoni discussed his efforts and the great assistance he has received along the way to his dream. Ravi Coltrane performed. Guests in the crowd included the legendary drummer Roy Haynes (now 88 years old) who sometimes filled in for Elvin Jones in Coltrane's classic quartet from 1961-1965, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath, and Elvis Costello who added his signature to one of Santana's guitars, which was being auctioned along with original artwork.
Head to thecoltranehome.org for more info. More pictures from the benefit below...
by Doug Moore
Vision of Disorder (more by Kurt Christensen)
In other crowdfunding-related news, a pair of Long Island hardcore fans named Nick and Chris Lilli are raising money for a documentary on the region's legendary DIY hardcore tradition, titled Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene. Of particular note are the incentives, which rely largely on contributions from Saint Vitus Bar (whose owners were heavily involved in the 90s/00s LIHC scene). $300 will get you five show passes to Vitus, plus a DVD, a t-shirt, and thanks in the credits. $500 nets you a one-year unlimited Vitus pass plus the same goodie package, and $1000 scores lifetime unlimited access to Vitus gigs. If you plan to attend more than 100 Vitus shows before you kick the bucket, it's actually kind of a steal. (You may want to spring for earplugs, too.)
Contribute to the fund for Something in the Water: A Film About the Long Island Hardcore Music Scene here.
Trailer for the film below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Tegan & Sara @ The Paramount - 7/25/13
Tegan & Sara came to NYC this week for two big shows with fun., a free show at the MLB Fan Cave, and last night (7/25) they wrapped up their stay in the area with a Human Rights Campaign benefit in Long Island at the Paramount. The show was hosted by Amanda Leigh Dunn of The Real L Word, and also featured a DJ set by The Jane Doze. Pictures and the setlist from the show are in this post.
More pictures and setlist below...
photos by Kurt Christensen
Since we last spoke to Kurt Christensen, he has continued to update his photo documentation of the mess Hurricane Sandy left in his Long Island town of Lindenhurst. It's not all bad though, this photo set contains images of people coming together to help others, which even in the worst of times is always a nice thing to see. Speaking of which, Patch has a list of ways people can volunteer in Babylon Village, and a list for Long Island in general.
On Saturday Kurt wrote:
Today restored my faith in humanity. From the massive response to the food and clothing drive at the firehouse, to the random people driving around handing out hot coffee, to the local businesses and Girl Scouts handing out meals on Wellwood, to the really cool group of people I met who drove down from Huntington with a grill and a load of burgers to hand out free food down on Shore Rd. This tragedy has really brought out the best in people.And his photos are reaching far and wide:
After the first day these photos were up, I received a message from an Army CPT in Afghanistan who didn't know what happened to her family. I was able to visit them, and shoot a quick video of them, so they could let her know that they were all ok.Check out the rest of this new set, below...
I also received a message from a woman who didn't know the fate of her family home, so I went and checked it out for her.
There is also a guy who reached out to me after he saw that the home his Grandfather built in the 1920's withstood the storm.
Dan Deacon @ North Coast Music Fest 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
NY/NJ: i want to let you know that the proceeds from my upcoming 11/14 Music Hall of Williamsburg and 11/16 Bowery Ballroom will be donated to Sandy relief. Having grown up on Long Island, so much of my family and many of my close friends live in New York and New Jersey. I don't feel right to going there, playing these shows and not pitching in to help out with the recovery so I'm going to donate my fee for these two shows to the Red Cross and Occupy Sandy.Check ticketmater for tickets. All full list of Dan Deacon tour dates is below...
I chose these two organizations because they both cover the entire affected region and are both helping in very different capacities. I thought it would be best to inform my fans so that if they were also feeling conflicted about raging and partying while all this shit is so fucked, that at least they would know that their ticket was going to help aid in the recovery.
Hopefully this can help ease the recovery for even just a few people. I encourage everyone to pitch in and give what they can in especially volunteer hours or donations.
photos by Kurt Christensen
..."The scene is pretty bad. Lots of homes with terrible flooding and damage. As I walked down Wellwood I watched as people walked with just a few garbage bags full of possessions. National Guard helicopters flew overhead. There was some looting in the area last night, and the National Guard is here to prevent that from happening tonight...BrooklynVegan photographer Kurt Christensen lives with his wife and kid in Lindenhurst, NY, one of the many areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Currently displaced due to the storm, Kurt has been documenting the experience in text and pictures on his Flickr. We're all thinking about him, and some of those pictures are in this post. Check them out below...
Haunted Coliseum (via @thizz31)
As if they didn't take a big enough hit when they found out they lost the Islanders, The Haunted Coliseum, a rave party that went down at Nassau Coliseum on Saturday (10/27) with Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia, DJ Alesso and Otto Knows was cut short due to some pre-Sandy (and unrelated to Sandy) "chaos" caused by drunk teens (between 14 and 18) apparently needing medical assistance less than an hour into the show. Nassau County police Inspector Kenneth Lack said, "We started getting calls for multiple aided cases for highly intoxicated individuals whether it be on alcohol or controlled substances. As soon as it reached a level where it became apparent that something was going desperately wrong, we made the decision to close it down for the good of public safety."
The situation was made worse when when a helicopter pilot decided to land his bird in a grassy area near the coliseum where there were reportedly about 20 people. The 44-year-old pilot was arrested and his helicopter impounded. Needless to say, many of the attendees are unhappy their party was shut down and have been venting their rage on Haunted Coliseum'sFacebook page.
Meanwhile, three people died in Madrid last night (10/31) at a massive Halloween party headlined by Steve Aoki where 20,000 revelers crowded into the Madrid Arena which is meant hold half that. El Pais reports that trouble started when a disturbance in the crowd started a stampede towards the exits and the deaths were caused by "trauma by crushing, possibly having suffered a fall and being trampled." Police are still investigating.
Steve Aoki, who cancelled his show in Bilbao tonight, has issued a statement. You can read it below...
Off Future's Tyler the Creator with Trash Talk
Odd Future will head out on the "Camp Flog Gnaw" tour in September, tagging The Paramount in Huntington, NY on 9/4 and Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT on 9/8, along the way. Tickets for both of those shows go on sale at 10am today (7/20). All dates, which include Jay-Z's Made in America fest, are listed below.
Meanwhile, OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean is on tour, hit Austin last night, and will be in NYC for a sold out show at Terminal 5 on 7/26, THE SAME NIGHT Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt play NYC's Best Buy Theater with Raekwon and Asher Roth. Earl joined Frank on stage for "Super Rich Kids" in LA. Hopefully NY will get some of the same action. Listen to Frank's album Channel Orange at Spotify. All remaining tour dates are listed below.
And speaking of on-stage collaboration, Trash Talk are currently on a west coast tour with SpaceGhostPurrp and were joined by Tyler the Creator at their Anaheim show last night (7/19). Trash Talk will release their new record in the fall on Odd Future Records which also has new albums coming from Odd Future members Mellowhype, Domo Genesis, Mike G, and Tyler the Creator.
Domo Genesis' album, No Idols, is the first upcoming release. It's due out on August 1, and you can listen to/download the lead single "Elimination Chamber," featuring Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Vince Staples, and The Alchemist, at the bottom of this post. MellowHype's Numbers is due out on October 2. Take a listen to a new track for the album, called "La Bonita," below. Trash Talk release their new record, 119, on October 9, and Tyler, the Creator's Wolf is due out sometime in November.
Stay tuned for for another big NYC, related announcement coming shortly.
Songs and all tour dates below...
Fiona Apple @ Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fiona Apple, whose current tour schedule already included Denver's Paramount Theatre on 7/20, the Seattle Paramount Theatre on 7/25, Terminal 5 in NYC on 10/16 & 10/17, and Wellmont Theater in NJ on 10/12, has just announced a few more shows including 10/13 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY (aka Long Island and another Paramount), 10/16 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, and 10/19 at the Palace Theatre in Albany.
Tickets for the Long Island show go on general sale on Friday, 7/13, at 10am, but first a venue pre-sale will start on Wednesday at 10am (PASSWORD = PULSE). Albany and Red Bank tickets also go on sale Friday. Tickets are still available for the Wellmont show, and for both Terminal 5 shows.
An updated list of tour dates (with possibly more TBA), all with Blake Mills (who opens and plays in her band), below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin ; words by Fred Pessaro/BBG
Iron Maiden teamed with Alice Cooper to play Jones Beach last night (6/28), the first of two NYC area shows for the pair as part of their tour together. The bands play Newark, NJ at Prudential Center on July 2nd (tickets).
Due to traffic issues (read: getting pulled over), I missed most of Alice Cooper's set, settling into my seat in time to watch an on-stage beheading (seriously). Clad in studded leather, Cooper finished out his set with the fan favorite "School's Out" (on the last day of NYC public schools) which worked in the "Another Brick In The Wall" chorus.
Iron Maiden entered shortly therafter, performing with a large elevated section made to look like ice and mimic the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son LP background. The Maiden England tour was focused on the era, so the LP was more than adequately represented (more than half, namely, "Moonchild", "Can I Play With Madness?", "The Evil That Men Do", "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son", "The Clairvoyant") along with early favorites ("Iron Maiden") and just plain classics ("Aces High", "The Number of the Beast", "Run To The Hills", etc). Every song was accompanied by its own separate backdrop, set of pyrotechnics, and insanely-energetic Bruce Dickinson cardio workouts and costumes. Just a phenomenal set from the metal legends, but that comes as no surprise. Full setlist is below.
Lets be fair though, the show wasn't just a string of superlatives. The sound from my seat was rather abysmal (elevated at an outdoor concert, go figure) and the entire set was peppered with mini bouts of feedback. Guitarist Janick Gers seems pretty much wholly unnecessary, save for theatricality like the occaisonal guitar toss, double jump-kick, and guitar spin (his solos aren't as bountiful as either Adrian Smith or Dave Murray). And sadly, its clear that Bruce Dickinson can't hit those high notes quite as easily anymore.
Nevertheless, for one picturesque night on the shores of Long Island, Iron Maiden ruled all. And in the spirit of the Nostradamus-focused material on Seventh Son, I predict they'll rule Prudential Center too.
Pictures and setlists from Jones Beach are below.
Radio City Music Hall (more by Chris La Putt)
Speaking of Long Island shows going on sale at 10, Stone Temple Pilots will be at The Paramount on August 27.
photos by Greg Cristman
The music was mondo intense --- almost more intense than its performers at first --- and proved why this band is one of the major progenitors of alternative rock, and still remains on top. Material from its most recent release, "Great Escape Artist," was dished out liberally among the hits. The band opened with the new track "Underground" before diving into "Mountain Song," which sent several in the audience into a panty-wetting frenzy. The stage set was a sexed-up Warhol carnival with live girls punctuated by cinematic ones.Jane's Addiction headlined Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY on March 4th with Black Box Revelation, part of their Theatre of The Escapists Tour. The above review comes from their Rochester show which was a few days before Huntington which is pictured in this post.
-[Rochester City Newspaper]
The tour continues tonight at a sold-out Wellmont Theater and soldiers on through late May, thanks to a new leg of dates added recently. All tour dates, pictures from Long Island and the setlist too, below...
Jane's Addiction at Irving Plaza in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Jane's Addiction resurfaced in 2011 with The Great Escape Artist, their first new album of original material since 2003's Strays. They followed the release of the album with a club tour that included two nights at Irving Plaza. In February and March, they'll head out on another tour, dubbed the "Theatre Of The Escapists" tour, where they plan to hit various theaters in North America with support from Black Box Revelation.
According to a statement from Perry Farrell:
We chose to play as many of the great theatres that we could find because we wanted to immerse the audience in a unique experience unlike any they have ever seen at a rock show. Expect an orgy of musical and visual delights. We like orgies, and hope you do too.That tour hits the NYC-area twice: on March 4 at The Paramount in Huntington, NY and on March 6 at The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Tickets for the Long Island show go on venue presale Wednesday at 10am with general sale starting Saturday at the same time. Tickets for the NJ show go on sale Saturday at noon.
All dates are listed below...
photos by Greg Cristman
Cheap Trick was amazing... the band barely let up; if there was a second or a pause they ripped into another song, played The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour as if they owned it. "She's Tight" which brought back images of the video from thirty years ago. "The Dream Police" which I would say is my favorite, and "I Want You to Want Me". Rickie Nilsson kept flipping guitar picks out into the audience and like a kid I wanted to get one. -[Train Writer]Cheap Trick played The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island on December 8th, with support from Mickey Leigh's New Yorkestra (Mickey Leigh is Joey Ramone's brother). The band has two more dates set on their calendar before the clock strikes 2012, on December 28th at Buckhead Theater in Atlanta and on New Year's Eve in St. Petersburg, FL at Jannus Landing.
So far, no plans to have Cheap Trick perform at the, um Cheap Trick. As BV Chicago posted last month...
Cheap Trick, the Rockford band behind the '70s hits "Dream Police" and "I Want You to Want Me," announced that it will "curate" a museum and music venue in a former Buick dealership at 2245 S. Michigan in the emerging Record Row-Motor Row district.More pictures and the setlist from The Paramount on December 8th and all tour dates are below.
Band manager David Frey said in a statement that Cheap Trick Chicago will be "a one-of-a-kind eatery, unique musical instrument museum, radio station, and performance space as well as rooftop and outdoor and event space in the future Music Row in Chicago."
...The announcement is a continuation of Fioretti's vision to link the historic Chess Records site, 2120 S. Michigan; the empty Vee-Jay and Brunswick Records site, 1449 S. Michigan, and vacant auto dealerships into an entertainment district that would blend history, recording studios, hotels and restaurants.
"I think we could put the Cheap Trick project together by next year," Fioretti said Wednesday. -[Chicago Sun Times]
photos by Greg Cristman
The Pixies are currently still out on a "Doolittle" tour with Surfer Blood which started at NJ's Wellmont Theater back on 10/27. The bands returned to the NYC-area to play a Saturday night show (11/5) at Long Island's Paramount Theater...
"On stage banter and bassist Kim Deal's interaction with the crowd played a big role, as you couldn't help but feel like you were part of something special. Highlights of the show include performances of "Here Comes Your Man", "Monkey Gone to Heaven", and "Where is My Mind?" The night concluded with the band's 1988 single "Gigantic", which had fans singing along and moving to its iconic bass line. Members Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering then took a bow and made their way backstage. Hopefully this was just a preview of what's in store for the Long Island music scene and this fantastic venue." [SpotonLI]More pictures, including one of of the Pixies' setlist, below...
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.
This press release went out this morning...
QUIKSILVER PRO NEW YORK SURF CONTEST WILL RUN: Update from Long BeachDamn. You can see the list of who was supposed to play, below...
An important update from Long Beach - Quiksilver is working closely with the City of Long Beach to preserve the heart of the professional surf contest scheduled to start on Sunday, September 4 in light of the impact of Hurricane Irene and concerns for the Long Beach community, which suffered significant damage from the storm. The Quiksilver Pro is scheduled to start its 11-day "holding period" on Monday, September 5. The Quiksilver Pro Trials presented by Unsound Surf will run on Sunday, September 4.
The situation has been changing daily, and we recognize that City resources are focused on hurricane restoration and clean up as first priority. In that context, we have been informed by the City that the festival and music components of the event are no longer achievable.
The Quiksilver Pro NY is first and foremost about the surf contest and Long Beach has an incredible surfing tradition and spirit. We are committed to holding the ASP tour event at Long Beach so that together we can promote the sport by bringing together the best surfers in the world to this terrific community.