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photo: Blood Orange in Webster hall in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Blood Orange and friends @ Apollo Theater
Not counting the warm-up show at Baby's on Thursday night, it's been a year and a half since Blood Orange has played a full band show in NYC. He plays two today, with lots of special guests (Kindness, Le1f, Junglepussy, Ratking and some unannounced) and proceeds going to charity. Both sold out.
Sleater-Kinney, Torres @ Kings Theatre
Sleater-Kinney made a triumphant return this year, coming back after a ten-year hiatus with a killer new album and live shows that were electric as ever. They wrap up this year with five more NYC shows, starting tonight. Each has a different opener, and tonight it's Torres, whose Sprinter was another winner this year.
The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show with Jonathan Coulton, Liz Phair, John Roderick and very special guests @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The impressive lineup of Aimee Mann, Ted Leo, Liz Phair, John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton are out on a tour together, collaborating and playing holiday songs (like "Why Can't I Wreath"). With even more special guests promised, it sounds like a very good time. This is their second of two NYC shows.
Hop Along, Radiator Hospital, Des Ark @ Bowery Ballroom
Hop Along had been one of the busiest and best bands in indie rock's underground for a few years, and this year they put out their first release on a big label (Saddle Creek) and finally started getting the recognition they deserve. (Tonight's 500-cap show is sold out.) Radiator Hospital take a similar approach to blending indie rock, folk, pop and punk, and they're a great band in their own right. The darker/quieter Des Ark is too.
Speedy Ortiz, Aye Nako, Dirty Dishes, Gemma @ Palisades
This is the second of two NYC shows on Speedy Ortiz's tour benefitting the Girls Rock Camp Foundation. Both have different (and good openers), and this one has poppy punks Aye Nako, synthy indie rockers Dirty Dishes, and indie-R&B artist Gemma (mem Ava Luna, Motel Motel).
Brooklyn Rock Lottery @ Knitting Factory
A bunch of musicians from notable bands will be divvied up into "groups" today, then they'll spend the day writing and rehearsing original songs which they'll then perform at this show with proceeds going to Daniel's Music Foundation. Musicians include Luke Jenner of The Rapture, indie rock vet Doug Gillard, Autre Ne Veut's Arthur Ashin, members of Swans, The Hold Steady, Tokyo Police Club and more.
Rhett Miller's Holiday Extravaganza @ City Winery
It's an "Evening of Comedy & Music with Special Guests" at the Old 97's 3rd annual holiday show. Sold out.
Shellshag, Downtown Boys, Vacation, Bad Canoes @ The Bell House
Long-running regulars of the local DIY scene, Shellshag released their fifth album Why'd I Have To Get So High? this year on Don Giovanni and they're celebrating it tonight. It's a good (all-Don Giovanni) bill all around.
A-Trak, AraabMuzik, Falcons @ Terminal 5
Fool's Gold founder and former Kanye West tour DJ A-Trak always knows how to get a party started, and that's probably what's going to happen tonight. The great beatmaker AraabMuzik makes things even better.
Lady Leshurr, Jubilee (Mixpak), HDBeenDope @ Gramercy Theatre
Following some collaborations with Orbital and Basement Jaxx, UK rapper Lady Leshurr started getting much-deserved attention for her own material when her video for "Queen's Speech Ep. 4" started going viral. It's gotten some Azealia Banks comparisons, and it feels about as exciting as when "212" first dropped. Tonight's her NYC debut.
Mirah (w/Harsh Crowd) @ Ace Hotel
The always-great singer/songwriter Mirah plays a collaborative show today with Harsh Crowd, "a band comprised of four 13-year-olds who met at Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls two summers back." It's one of Ace Hotel's '5 at 5' shows, which means it starts at 5 PM and they'll play five songs.
Gun Outfit, The Men, B Boys, Scully @ Alphaville
Gun Outfit's new album Dream All Over is punk in spirit but psychedelic folk/slowcore in sound. It's good stuff, and tonight's their second of two NYC shows in support of it. It's especially good, because Brooklyn punks/jammers/country rockers The Men areo on it too.
Whitney, Murals, The Lemon Twigs, June West @ Baby's All Right
A very solid bill featuring Whitney (ex Smith Westerns), Louisville, KY's Murals and Long Island's talented Lemon Twigs.
Elvis Perkins @ Berlin
Elvis Perkins focused on his soft folky side for this year's I Aubade. Tonight he wraps up a two-night run at Jesse Malin's new-ish East Village club Berlin.
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band, Herbcraft @ Trans Pecos
Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band have a jammy style that's equal parts Grateful Dead and Marquee Moon-era Television. It's good stuff.
Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir @ Union Pool
It's a night of soulful R&B with the dapper Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Union Pool mainstay Rev. Vince.
The Get Up Kids, Into It. Over It. Rozwell Kid @ Starland Ballroom
The Get Up Kids, whose punky take on emo influenced both the mainstream boom in the 2000s and the current revival, are celebrating their 20th anniversary o this tour. Good openers too: Into It Over it, the project of Evan Weiss (a guy who literally bridges the gap between 1990s and 2010s emo), and the Thin Lizzy-esque Rozwell Kid.
Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane @ Capitol Theatre
Chris Thile is constantly busy with a handful of projects. Tonight his band the Punch Brothers play just outside of NYC.
Couch Slut, Insect Ark, Geryon, Chain Gang Grave @ Saint Vitus
This is a pretty great local bill, with hardcore/metal/noise blenders Couch Slut, Angels of Light-related Insect Ark, experimental death metal duo Geryon (mem Krallice), and sludgy hardcore band Chain Gang Grave.
Jim Gaffigan @ Madison Square Garden
Known as the "clean" comedian who talks about food, Jim Gaffigan is nonetheless hilarious (his sitcom ain't bad either) and he plays his biggest hometown show ever tonight.
It's also SANTACON, so approach wobbly folks in red and green holiday attire with caution, if at all.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
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We've been posting a bunch of New Year's Eve shows happening in NYC throughout the past few months, but there's even more cool stuff we haven't gotten to yet. Here's a roundup of ways to musically ring in the new year:
If you want to dance on New Year's Eve, there's no lack of good places to go to do that. Egyptrixx, Physical Therapy, Michael Magnan, Morgan Louis and Nita Aviance are playing an unannounced Brooklyn location, and tickets for that are on sale now.
The Bunker is throwing a NYE party at Trans Pecos with Scotland's Prosumer headlining and Bunker regulars Mike Servito and Bryan Kasenic. Tickets are on sale.
Verboten hosts a show with Lee Burridge, Andhim, Matthew Dekay, Bedouin and Mike Khoury (tickets).
Aurora Halal hasn't done one of her Mutual Dreaming parties in eight months, but she'll change that on NYE at Palisades with Galcher Lustwork, Huerco S. and DJ Richard. Tickets are available.
Sleepy & Boo headline a party at Cielo with Eskuche & Nu Sky, Mikey G and Dan Fischer. Tickets are on sale.
There's a lot of cool stuff at Cameo with Morgan Geist of Metro Area, disco band Midnight Magic, LCD Soundsystem's Pat Mahoney, Juan Maclean associate Jee Day, former Darkside member Dave Harrington, Cameo regular Evan Michael, and GODMODE's Motion Studies. You can grab tickets.
NYC DJ team The Rub are doing their recurring NYE party at The Bell House. Tickets are on sale.
Other previously discussed dance options include Skrillex/Diplo/Rudimental/A$AP Ferg, Kiesza, Erasure, Disclosure, Holy Ghost!/Museum of Love, DJ Koze, Machinedrum, Duke Dumont, Washed Out, !!!/Prince Rama/Cakes Da Killa, Peaking Lights and the Ed Banger party.
Murphys Law play their annual NYE show at Trash Bar with No Redeeming Social Value, Close To The Edge, Wombat In Combat, Hopeless Otis and Red Lucy.
Also in the punk/garage realm is the Kid Congo Powers show at Home Sweet Home.
Phish aren't doing their NYE run at MSG this year (they're doing it in Miami), but if jam bands are your thing, you can catch The Disco Biscuits at their 3-night Best Buy Theater run happening Dec. 29, 30 & 31. Tickets for all three nights are available. There's also the Gov't Mule 2-night run at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 30 & 31 (tix).
Williamsburg venue Glasslands will have their last show ever on NYE with four "special, secret" guests who all have history with the venue. That's sold out.
Meanwhile newer Williamsburg venues Baby's All Right and Rough Trade have NYE shows too. The Baby's show features Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Mr. Twin Sister, Ricky Eat Acid, Porches. frontman Aaron Maine performing as Ronald Paris, Sunflower Bean, James K, Dubbel Dutch, Mr. UNO and a number of DJs (tix). Rough Trade's show has Spirit Family Reunion, Mail the Horse and Twain (tix).
For a night of mostly local indie rock, Gimme Tinnitus, Ipsum and Exploding In Sound are bringing a party to Aviv with The Gradients, Celestial Shore, Palberta, Baked, Multicult, Palehound, The Big Sleep, Vomitface and Parlor Walls.
Chiptune punks Crying are headlining a NYE party at Silent Barn with Downies, Unstoppable Death Machines, Sunshine Gun Club (mems DeathSet, Team Robespierre), Isn't Ours, Jono Mi Lo and more TBA. There will also be several DJs, including the Shea Stadium crew, Edan Wilber from the now-closed Death by Audio with a "remote beach set" and more. More info here.
Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir throw their recurring party at Union Pool with help from DJ Bluntmaster, DJ Ryan Sawyer and "Tons of Special Guests." No advance tickets for that show.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer, Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls and others are DJing a swanky party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (tickets).
Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux hit City Winery from 12/27 to 12/31. Everything but the early show on NYE is sold out, so get tickets to that show while you still can. They're performing favorites from The White Album at that one.
Sandra Bernhard is doing her show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed, which "spotlights her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque," at Joe's Pub from 12/26 to NYE with two shows each night. Tickets are on sale.
And while Times Square is probably the last place you want to be on New Year's Eve, perhaps you'd like to know this year's lineup for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve includes Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Bastille, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Nick Jonas, Florida Georgia Line, MAGIC!, Fergie, Meghan Trainor and more, if you're into that sort of thing.
And Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve is teaming up with Barclays Center to broadcast their Elton John show.
You can browse our "New Year's Eve" Tag for even more. What else?
Love it or loathe it, New Year's Eve is coming. Here are some of this year's NYC concert options, of which there are many.
One of the biggest shows of the night is Coldplay and Jay-Z at Barclays Center. If you've seen pictures of Coldplay's tour this year, you know they have this bluetooth controlled, light-up wristbands that (no matter how you feel about their music) makes for a spectacular interactive experience. And certainly Jay-Z will throw a good party at his own house.
Azealia Banks is playing a black tie party on top of The Standard Hotel (aka Boom Boom Room). More info is at the facebook event. You can RSVP for tickets ($250 minimum) by emailing email@example.com.
Also in the biggest NYE show race there is also Phish's sold-out night at MSG, part of a four night run at the venue.
Another jammy option is Gov't Mule's two-night run at Beacon Theatre (12/30-31). Tickets for both nights are on sale.
Pretty Lights is also doing two sold nights at Roseland Ballroom (12/30-31). Another dance option that you might want to avoid is Afrojack is playing two nights on Pier 94 (12/30-31), but it's worth mentioning that if you get there early on night 1, you can catch opening sets by Diplo and Rusko. Night 2 (aka NYE) is sold out but night 1 is still on sale.
Brooklyn dance party The Bunker is throwing an event at the 70 N 6 St loft (above Public Assembly) with John Roberts, Mike Parker, Bryan Kasenic, and Mike Servito. Tickets for that party are on sale now.
Downstairs at the actual Public Assembly, Gaze 4 Daze is throwing two queer parties. Room 1 has DJ sets by Rizzla, Sebastian, and D'Hana, along with Emcee Ryann Supamakenzi and host Cherlyn. In room 2, they've got MIchael Magnan, Amber Valentine, Telfar, Mursi Layne, host Helen Harris, and live performances by House of Ladosha, Cakes Da Killa, and Abdu Ali. $10 at the door gets you into both parties.
Brooklyn warehouse party group Rubulad is presenting "Party-Go-Round" in three separate secret Bushwick locations near the Jefferson L stop. There will be live music by Friend Roulette, Not Waving but Drowning, Viva, and more; dance parties with music by DJ Shakey, Ol' Stark, DJ Mojo, $mall ¢hange and more; a puppet show, a midnight champagne toast, and more. Admission is $20, the events start at 9 PM, and there will be a party bus to navigate between the three locations.
Chris Keating of Yeasayer is DJing a BangOn!NYC-presented party at a secret warehouse location in Williamsburg near the Montrose L stop with Felix Cartal, Chordashian, Alex English, Sean Glass, and many others. There will also be live music by Carousel, Suntalk, and more TBA, art installations, an inflatable obstacle course, food trucks, and more. Tickets (more info at that link) are on sale and RSVP is open. Location will be revealed with the purchase of tickets or an RSVP.
If you'd rather dance to classic soul and R&B, there's New York Night Train Annual Dusk Till Dawn New Year's Ball at Home Sweet Home featuring a live performance from Kid Congo and the K-Holes, plus Jonathan Toubin and a crew of DJs.
For the indie rock inclined, you could go see Titus Andronicus at Glasslands which is a pretty small venue for them these days. While So So Glos were originally on the bill for this, they have since dropped off. Dapwell, formerly of Das Racist, is your MC for the evening and tickets are still available.
Right next door at 285 Kent, Florida's (awesomely) mopey Merchandise will visit, plus Blanche Blanche Blanche, Tonstartssbandht and "speciial guests" (note the two ii's is "speciial") will surely be a wild night. Dive in, tickets ($20) are on sale now.
Psychic Ills and Herb Craft are playing Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale.
Also happening in Williamsburg, They Might be Giants play a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg (one of three shows there that week; Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir will be at Union Pool (free); and at Knitting Factory it's a night of cabaret hosted by the great Murray Hill (tix).
Swimming Cities and Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th St) are presenting The First Party Ever: Primal Reset for the Year Zero with dance parties by Barney Iller, DJ Shakey, and DJ Tinseltown; live music at midnight by Stumblebum Brass Band; an open bar from 11:30-12:30; visuals; "Serret's patented coal fire hot tub time machine"; "Live birth of the antichrist, according to Doctor Adventure"; and more. $15 tickets are on sale now (or $20 at the door, cash only) and all proceeds go to recovery at Serret Metal Works and the "BOATEL" art hotel project in Far Rockaway that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy.
More rootsy options include The Punch Brothers and Michael Daves at Bowery Ballroom (sold out); and The Felice Brothers, Yellowbirds, and Mail the Horse at Mercury Lounge (sold out).
The Felice Brothers also play Maxwell's (12/30) a day earlier (sold out), and on New Year's Eve, the Hoboken venue will host "Maxwell's Rockin' & Rollin' Ass Kickin' New Year's Eve Dance Party feat. The Two Giants: Todd-O-Phonic Todd & Mono-O-Phonic Matt Porter." They get their name from being big San Francisco Giants fans, and they'll be spinning "some of the greatest soul, r'n'b, garage, rock'n'rol etc" all night. Admission is totally free, no cover.
My Morning Jacket is doing a sold out pre-New Year's Eve three-night run (12/27-29) at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester.
For some old school punk, Manitoba (the project of Dictators frontman Dick Manitoba) and Sylvain Sylvain (of New York Dolls) will play Bowery Electric with The A-Bones and Daddy Long Legs. Tickets for that show are on sale.
To keep the party going the next day, head to SOB's for Questlove's holiday party.
Whatever you end up doing, be safe!.
What did we miss?
Hurricane Sandy is finally upon us, with the height of the storm hitting around 6 PM. Like Sunday, mass transit is closed and almost everything is cancelled. We'll update this list throughout the day but, as far as we know, the only major show still
happening in NYC tonight is Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though we expect a postponement announcement any minute) (Swans did play Bowery last night though). Swans is now postponed too.
Not sure if anyone is playing, but Pete's Candy Store "says Come & get us Sandy! We weren't afraid of Irene and we're not afraid of you! (but please don't hurt us) WE WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT. C'mon Over."
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's show at Bowery Ballroom tonight has moved to Wednesday (10/31).
Luckily German band Fenster scheduled a lot of shows while they were here because their show last night at Shea Stadium was cancelled, and their one at Muchmore's tonight with Daytona and Hearsay & Hyperbole isn't happening either.
Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night at The Bell House is canceled.
John Legend's show at Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclay's Center was postponed a while back for non-Sandy reasons.
Cake Shop's show (Sad Ladders, Meet Me in Norway, Sewing Machines) tonight is cancelled.
Joshua Radin & A Fine Frenzy at Best Buy Theater has been postponed.
Lee DeWyze at Highline Ballroom has been canceled.
Tonight's shows at Joe's Pub are canceled.
The Rock Shop is open, but tonight's show has been canceled.
Tonight's shows at The Stone are cancelled.
As you may remember, Jimmy Kimmel Live was to be live from Brooklyn this week. The rest of the week my happen but tonight will not. Tweets Jimmy, "Though it pains us to do it, JKLfrom #Brooklyn tonight is cancelled. I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe."
Tonight's Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir show at Union Pool has been canceled.
Mercury Lounge is closed.
Pianos is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Union Hall is closed.
Brooklyn Bowl is closed.
S.O.B's is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Death by Audio is closed.
The Studio at Webster Hall is closed.(which means Brokencyde is cancelled)
Arlene's Grocery is closed.
Iridium Jazz is closed
Both the Chelsea and East Village UCB Theatres are closed.
Tonight's Schnick or Treat comedy show at Littlefield has been postponed to 11/4.
Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is closed.
Afghan Whigs @ MHOW, 10/6/2012
The Afghan Whigs wrapped up their run of New York shows with a sold-out gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday (10/6). It was a more stirring affair than any of their three previous shows this year with 1965's "The Slide Song," "Neglekted" and "Omerta," arguably three of the most soulful songs in their entire catalog, making their way into the set. They were complemented with covers of The Supremes and Frank Ocean as well as a slick version of "Citi Soleil" with Steve Myers, he of the excellent openers Mighty Fine, providing backing vocals. Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir kicked off the night's music.
More pics from Saturday's show (including one of the setlist) are below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Karen O gets her Santa and JT on @ Brooklyn Bowl
The ongoing "I heart Jonathan Toubin" movement now has a website in addition to a Facebook. Check those sites for info on more upcoming JT benefits like the big one that happened at Brooklyn Bowl late Friday night into Saturday morning with appearances from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Reverend Vince Anderson (who plays Union Pool most Monday nights), Heavy Trash (with Jon Spencer), Stabbing Eastward (Tunde Adebimpe & Ryan Sawyer), Royal Baths and more. Here are some pictures. More of them below...
BKLYN YARD 2009 (more by Sarahana)
BKLYN Yard (previously The Yard) will be back in summer 2010, with weekend events running from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend. They'll be doing Beer Garden Fridays, Summer Saturdays and Sunday Best.
Sunday Best will host resident DJs Mister Saturday Night (Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin), Doug Singer and a whole special guest schedule, which is posted below (Dam-Funk spins there June 13). Sunday Best writes:
It's official, folks. We'll be back on the Gowanus! Justin Carter, Eamon Harkin and Doug Singer are already digging through records for their best outdoor jams, and we can already smell Margarita Hernandez's huaraches and taste the cold sangria. BKLYN Yard has announced a bunch of great new additions to their space -- not least of which is a bocce ball court -- and we're happy to announce the full lineup of guests who will be playing alongside the residents this summer, an eclectic grouping of folks from New York and abroad who specialize in everything from rare Nigerian disco to shimmering, summertime techno.Advance tickets for Sunday Best are available.
More on the parties, a flyer and the full BKLYN Yard schedule (including an Asobi Seksu show) is below...
photos by Rachel Carr
DOWNLOAD: Garotas Suecas - Codinome Dinamite (MP3)
Garotas Suecas (Swedish Girls in Portuguese) comprises Guilherme Saldanha (vocals and harmonica), Irina Bertolucci Chermont (organ), Perdido (bass), Sesa (guitar) and the Paoliello brothers, Nico (drums) and Tomaz (guitar).The Brazillian band just released a 7" on American Dust. Grab one of the songs off that above for free. Now on a tour that started at SXSW, they played Spaceland in LA on 3/24 (pictures in this post), and will be at Kungfu Necktie in Philly tonight (3/29). The NYC shows are April 1st with Golden Triangle, Jonathan Toubin, and Rev Vince Anderson at Knitting Factory, and then April 2nd at Cake Shop w/ The Beets and Grooms. All dates with those pictures, below...
Screaming Females @ Terminal 5 in December (more by Chris La Putt)
New York Night Train, the almost-nightly dance party run by DJ Jonathan Toubin, will be hosting New Year's Eve events at three LES venues this year. Cake Shop, Home Sweet Home and Motor City (127 Ludlow) are signed on for the event with all-night liquor licenses. Cake Shop is the real highlight though. Bands playing the basement there include Talk Normal, Screaming Females, Frankie and the Outs and CSC Funk Band (ex-USAisamonster), while the other two venues get a few bands (like A.R.E. Weapons) and a slew of DJs, comedians, burlesque performers and more. More details are below.
Screaming Females have a few upcoming shows too - they play with Bouncing Souls in Asbury Park on December 29th, and kick off their February tour with JEFF the Brotherhood with a Feb. 6 Bowery Ballroom showcase for their label Don Giovanni.
Before then, there are plenty of chances to catch the NY Night Train crew in holiday party mode. Tonight (12/21) Jonathan Toubin DJs with Revered Vince Anderson at his weekly Union Pool residency. Toubin will also be spinning at the BV-sponsored Jewltide 7 party happening at Southpaw on Christmas Eve (12/24). Tickets are on sale and the flyer is below with a full schedule...
photos by Tim Griffin
On June 15th, Black Betty regulars Rev. Vince Anderson and his Love Choir played the final show at that Brooklyn venue. Since then, after 4+ years at Black Better, Reverend Vince has moved his act to Brooklyn venue Union Pool for a Monday night residency, which debuted on June 22nd. Admission to the shows is free.
More info on Rev. Vince and his residency, which includes "special weekly guests," below...
"When I stopped into Black Betty last night [June 15th] around 8:30pm, there was an eerie sense of calm and night-like-every-other-nightliness in the air. The kitchen was smoky, the waitresses conferring about honoring reservations, and the tables populated, but not overly cluttered. It was hard to believe this place that embodied so much of Williamsburg's spirit would never again open its doors.Rev. Vince Anderson and his Love Choir played the final show at the Brooklyn venue. Jonathan Toubin was in the house during that performance and tweeted that "Reverend vince and his love choir are breathing fire!" After the show, Chris said, "Closing night at Black Betty with the Rev was one of the most amazing musical experiences I've ever heard." Reverend Vince himself says, "Thanks to everyone that came to the show last night. I love you all."
About two months ago, partners Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover were given the sad news that they would not have the opportunity to renew their lease on Black Betty (366 Metropolitan Ave), the restaurant/music venue that has become a beloved neighborhood institution. Despite holding fundraisers in preparation to meet the rising rent of the neighborhood, and operating a business that, even in the worst of economic times, has flourished, Schmeling reports his landlord signed over the space to another restaurateur without notice or explanation, leaving Black Betty and her devoted patrons without a home." [Williamsburg Greenpoint News + Arts]
According to Brooklyn Based, "Stephen Tanner, currently of Egg and formerly of Pies'n'Thighs, will take over the Black Betty space." The above picture is an actual screenshot of what Black Betty's website looks like today.
Video of the Rev performing in 2006, and other videos shot at the club, below...
Tonight = Black Bety's last night (lachance)
Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover, owners of Black Betty, announce the long-time Williamsburg boite and eatery will close its doors, effectively Monday, June 15th 2009, with Rev. Vince Anderson and his Live Choir taking the stage at 10:30pm featuring a special appearance from TV on the Radio's Jaleel Bunton.A bit of history on the bar, with videos of Rev. Vince sitting in with The Roots at their Highline residency in April, below...
According to Schmeling and Glover, the Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn, NY lease was renewed for 10 years at the end of April 2009, however the lease was also offered to other perspective candidates under more lucrative terms. At the end of the battle, Schmeling and Glover conceded and agreed to close by mid June. "We are saddened and heart-broken that this is the end of the Black Betty era," said Glover. "But at this time we're focusing on what a fantastic place Betty means to Brooklyn bands, DJs and of course all of our amazing patrons and friends" she added.
The kitchen and bar, offering North African and Mediterranean dishes and extended happy hours, will be in full swing until close.