Entries tagged with: Williamsburg
photos by Maryanne Ventrice
You may have randomly come upon a band or two playing on the streets of Williambsburg this past long Northside Festival weekend. On Thursday, Pow Wow! was one of those bands. On Friday, many people on their way to the BrooklynVegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg passed by a street performance by Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers. Those are the pictures in this post.
Shilpa also played a more official show (with Pow Wow!) at Spike Hill later that night, and as usual, there are plenty of chances to catch her and her band in the near future. Options include this weekend's Olive Juice Music Festival, a show at the Stone later in June, a gig at Southpaw on July 1st, the Heavy Trash/Those Darlins show at Mercury Lounge on July 9th, Citysol a couple of days after that, and then the Sly Stone tribute at Castle Clinton not long after that. All dates and more street shots, 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.
"Famed for its concentration of heavily subsidized 20-something residents -- also nicknamed trust-funders or trustafarians -- Williamsburg is showing signs of trouble. Parents whose money helped fuel one of the city's most radical gentrifications in recent years have stopped buying their children new luxury condos, subsidizing rents and providing cash to spend at Bedford Avenue's boutiques and coffee houses." [NY Times] (thx Hiro)
Car Free Times Square (BF 09)
In addition to the car free Times Square, which started Memorial Day weekend and will run at least till the end of the year (see article below), New Yorkers and tourists will get more chances to enjoy pedestrianized city streets.
One of those comes in August...
NYC DOT and our partners are proud to present Summer Streets. We will temporarily close Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles and open it up to people on three consecutive TBA Saturdays in August.Check out the Summer Streets route below.
Then in Brooklyn...
The L Magazine and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) have partnered this year to organize the 2009 Williamsburg Walks. We invite North Brooklyn residents, visitors and merchants to celebrate the community on a pedestrian Bedford Avenue: Williamsburg's lively main drag will be closed to cars between North 4th and North 9th Streets every Saturday from June 6th to July 11th from noon to sunset.The second week of Williamsburg Walks on Saturday, June 13th will coincide with the Northside Festival. That afternoon, the shows happening a few blocks away include O'Death at the Music Hall of Williamsburg and, a few doors down at Public Assembly, Aaron Behrens (of Ghostland Observatory), Motel Motel, Henry Wolfe; Back room: Mia Riddle, Geoff Ereth and jacksonknife.
More info on the traffic free areas below...
Inside Beauty Bar Brooklyn (L Mag)
Manhattan cocktail hub Beauty Bar is unveiling its Brooklyn location this weekend, with opening parties on Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th. Located at 921 Broadway in Bushwick/Bed-Stuy, the bar is only about a block from the Market Hotel and down the street from Goodbye Blue Monday.
Full details on this weekend's opening, with RSVP info and the music/DJs lineup, below...
Berry Park (roof): Looking east, McCarren Park treetops (via Eater)
Eater reported at the end of March:
"Berry Park [is] a new bar/restaurant/roof deck opening at 4 Berry St. in the next couple of months. One of the owners tells us they plan to open by May 1 and that they will have a large selection of European beers with an emphasis on their German selection and will serve "beer infused menu items." The lower level is 35,000 sq. ft. but the big focus here will be the 3,000 sq. ft. roof.That story was updated on May 5th. Eater says:
'the giant bar/restaurant/music venue/roof deck Berry Park on 4 Berry Street in Williamsburg is slowly chugging along. The roof fencing is in, and they're building out the bar and tables right now. They're shooting for May, but June sounds more likely."They better be open by June 13th because that's when Sound Fix is presenting a showcase there for the Northside Festival.
"After 10 years, Williamsburg Live-Music Haven and Mediterranean Eatery Shuts Doors"
Black Betty (spreetaper)
"Bud Schmeling and Sandy Glover, owners of Black Betty, announced the long-time Williamsburg boite and eatery will close its doors, effectively Monday, June 15th 2009."The sad news came a month after the owners posted a message to MySpace stating that they needed money, but that "Black Betty is not closed, nor closing. We have signed a new 10 year lease..." According to the new statement (which you can read in full below), the 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..." Long story short, it is closing.
Lots of changes on that block. Black Betty is right across the street from the in-development Knitting Factory Brooklyn (ex-Luna Lounge) (which we still don't have an official update on, though all signs and rumors point to the place re-opening some time this summer, possibly as a seated venue).
Say goodbye to Black Betty by having a drink and/or seeing a show there one more time (or for your first time). Options include The Phenomenal Handclap Band, who played Southpaw last night, and who are playing there tonight (May 13). Full schedule, including Antibalas, and full goodbye note, below...
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All proceeds are going to benefit Automotive HS's Spring Musical, which is a vital part of our school community and the biggest, most expensive event we put on all year. Here is some info:This show is tonight, at Automotive High School (50 Bedford, near McCarren Park, in Brooklyn). All Japanther tour dates below...
Save the Auto HS Musical! Benefit Concert
special performances by Automotive HS Hip Hop Jazz Band, Hip Hop Dance Troupe, and scenes from Guys and Dolls!
Thurs, April 30
$10 at the door
doors 7pm, show at 8pm
RAFFLE with prizes from Prizes from Spiewak, Teddy's, Mark, Marlow & Sons, The Beehive, and MORE!
As mentioned, Bruar Falls is opening its doors on Grand St. in Williamsburg tonight (3/27). Brought to us by the people behind Cake Shop, the new Brooklyn music venue located in the spot that previously housed the Lucky Cat (RIP), will basically be using tonight to test out the new system. Deastro and Choir of Believers are on the bill. The venue is not 100% complete, so if you go, don't be hard on them. Also, they will only be letting around 100 people in. Then after tonight they will stay closed for further renovation until April 1st (when Pow Wow, White Hinterland and others play a show there).
The official grand opening party will happen on April 4th with a Brooklyn band that has been growing in popularity enough for them to be listed as "secret guest" (for now). The 'ex ski-resort employees' will be joined on that night by Acrylics and DJ Justin Miller.
In general, owner Andy Bodor tells me that the new space "is going to be simply 'dancier' than Cake Shop", "showcasing more of the futurist/damaged beat/artschool/vintage synth/go-go vs ghostpunk whatever-it-is sound". I'm super psyched about it.
"McCarren Park Pool, the crumbling, Depression-era public swimming pool on the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint in Brooklyn, is set to become a swimming spot again, but the concerts that put it on the rock map over the last three summers are set to move to the Williamsburg waterfront. Stephanie Thayer, executive director of the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn, a nonprofit group that coordinated last year's concerts, said that a strip along the East River between North Eighth and North Ninth Streets that was designated a New York State park a few years ago will have concerts this summer, with room for 6,000 fans. The news was confirmed by the office of State Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol, who represents Greenpoint and Williamsburg. "This is the continuation of McCarren Park Pool," Ms. Thayer said. "It's different, but it has its own exquisite beauty, with the waterfront and the skyline of Manhattan." She added that she plans to work with many of the promoters who put on events at the pool, but that if enough sponsorship money comes through, she hopes to also put on classical and opera concerts as well. Ms. Thayer, who in addition to her role with the Open Space Alliance is an administrator with the City Parks Department, said that renovations on McCarren Pool were set to begin on schedule this summer." [NY Times]The new location (where the Boredoms' 88 Boadrum took place in August) was being discussed as a possibility last summer, so this official confirmation is great news.
above photo by Ryan Muir
BRUAR FALLS IS A NEW BAR AND FUNSPACE RUN BY THE SAME EXACT FAMILY WHO OWN, BOOK, AND RUN CAKESHOP [www.cake-shop.com], LIBRARY BAR [7 avenue a, nyc], and ALT.COFFEE [deceased]...Another picture and the initial schedule below...
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR FULL SCHEDULE. CONFUSED? EMAIL US AT CAPESHOKBOOKING@GMAIL.COM
CONTACT: Andy Bodor
245 GRAND STREET, WILLIAMSBURG
we should be open in a few weeks! holy crap!
"This has been a long time coming, but we at The L Magazine are pleased to finally and officially announce the first annual Northside Festival. Taking place from June 11-14 in Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, it is, as we've grown accustomed to saying, a four-day celebration of the independent music and art scene that thrives here in New York City, with live music being held at nearly every venue in the area (including some that haven't even opened yet), and art events at some of the most relevant galleries in the neighborhood.The idea behind this is to bring a sort of non-industry, SXSW-like festival to Williamsburg and Greenpoint, an area saturated with venues all within walking distance of each other. Some showcase presenters have already been announced - Kanine Records, WFUV's The Alternate Side, Gothamist, Frenchkiss Records, and BrooklynVegan.com included.
What bands are playing? Well, while we will be booking our fair share of shows on our own, it's important to us that the festival has as many different voices as possible, so we've invited some of our favorite NYC music people to curate their own showcases full of what they think are the bands you should be listening to. There will be a pronounced focus on local artists, obviously, because that's sort of what we do, but be on the lookout for a few special guests from out of town as well.
For the visual art portion of Northside, we've teamed up with the nice people over at the Williamsburg Gallery Association, who will be calling attention to area galleries with some amazing exhibitions on display...
...Four-day passes will on sale shortly at what will surely be a ridiculously low price, and you'll definitely want to get yours quickly, not only so that you can get into every single show at Northside, but also so that you can get drunk for less money than everyone else, as you take advantage of the many drink specials we'll have on offer all weekend." [NorthSide Festival]
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Modeselektor - The White Flash (Ft. Thom Yorke) (MP3)
Last week Squarepusher made me really happy. He is the king of electronic music for me....And Mr. Squarepusher is so gorgeous! And fat sound! I was thinking about our sick military world, the omnipresent consumption, the insanity of humanity.. But out of this, I started becoming creative. I got ideas for my new project BE, colors and designs for ellen allien fashion where whirling through my head. Music enables my creativity and brings charm into my life. In the last months I spent too much time with pushing my label BPitch Control, instead of doing music. But now the path is ready for doing music on my own, finally. :)Ellen Allien's BPitch Control label is releasing the self-titled debut LP by Moderat, a combo group of Modeselektor and Apparat, on April 21st. Moderat will play a Saturday, May 30th NYC show at Webster Hall, as part of a brief end-of-May US tour. All dates below.
See you on the dance floor. :) -[Ellen Allien on her site]
Ellen Allien toured with Modeselektor in '08 (w/ a Studio B-turned Highline Ballroom date), and collaborated with Apparat on the Orchestra of Bubbles LP in 2006. Modeselektor was last here in January when they played Bowery Ballroom.
The Moderat LP was to feature a guest spot by L.A. rapper Busdriver on the song "BeatsWaySick," but, the press release says, "due to legal issues at the time of manufacturing, [the track] will be released as an exclusive download in the near future." Busdriver is playing SXSW on Thursday, March 19 at The Independent and Friday, March 20 at Back Alley Social, with other Austin dates below.
Ellen Allien's "10 Years of BPitch" tour is set to next visit NYC on Friday, March 27th at Studio B where she'll share a bill with Thomas Muller and Gui Boratto). The night is presented by FIXED, the parties-hosting team of JDH (Josh Houtkin) and Dave P (David Pianka). Tickets are available for the show, with the option to buy a 3-day package that includes March 26th's Ladyhawke with Heartsrevolution show and March 28th's The Twelves & Yuksek (dj set) gig, both also at Studio B.
The three-day ticket and 10-years-of-Bpitch also coincide with FIXED's fourth birthday.
The FIXED party was conceptualized around 2003 after JDH took the amazing 2ManyDJ lads to one of Dave P's Making Time parties in Philadelphia. After JDH and Dave realized that they were spinning the same events together and both had mutual admiration for the music they were DJing out at parties, the idea for FIXED was born.The status of Studio B as a venue has been in question for a while, but not to worry...
"We just seemed to play a lot together as we liked similar music," admits JDH. "We started booking gigs around the US, Canada and Europe, and we would both go, and they would end up saying, 'Well, why don't we just book you two together as DJs?' and that's pretty much how we play now... as one set."
Establishing their first home base at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, FIXED went on to host a number of legendary and groundbreaking performances from a number of critically-acclaimed acts, including 2ManyDJs, Hot Chip, The Rapture, Mylo, and Erol Alkan.
"We always say that our biggest influence for FIXED was the Trash party [UK DJ Erol Alkan's legendary weekly party], which sadly, doesn't go on anymore," says JDH. "We wanted to do a big club night for the average person who likes good music."
The venue has now re-opened under new management, and [JDH and Dave P] will be expanding their vision of exciting music bookings, while also revitalizing New York's nightlife scene with a top-notch and diverse team of live music bookers and promoters. Starting this March, expect a fresh mix of dance music, hip-hop parties, live shows, curated special events, and more.Little Boots played Studio B on February 6. All future FIXED dates, tour dates, the Moderat tracklist, and Ellen Allien videos below...
"Marissa Nadler played the last live concert in Sound Fix Lounge on Saturday -- or did she?The article goes on to say that Sound Fix has no plans on closing the record store, though Bradley "added that his lease is up in a year".
Owner James Bradley vowed to keep putting on shows, despite losing his liquor license last month.
"It is my fervent hope and desire to continue the tradition of live music in Williamsburg," said Bradley, who plans to have an event on Record Store Day on April 18, and to host weekly performances.
Sound Fix Lounge, on North 11th Street, just west of Bedford Avenue, had its license expire at the end of February following noise complaints under the former owner.
But Bradley hasn't given up on shows entirely, though he admitted that coaxing patrons to live music would be difficult without alcohol.
"The two seem to go hand-in-hand," he said.
Marissa Nadler also played in a church on Friday.
Video from Marissa's show at Sound Fix, below...
DOWNLOAD: Marissa Nadler - River of Dirt (MP3)
Marissa Nadler in Brest, France, May 17 2008 by Nicolas Ollier
SOUNDFIX SOUND FIX FAQ
Q: What's the price of admission at your in-stores? How can I get tickets?Sound Fix will, sadly, have to change the answer of "Can my band come play at your space?" to "No" after February 28th because that's the date of the last in-store (in-lounge) ever. The whole lounge closes soon after.
A: Our in-stores are free to the public and seating is general admission.
Q: Where do the bands play?
A: In the Sound Fix Lounge, behind the record store.
Q: What time should I show up?
A: Please don't call and ask us this. We don't know. Every show is different. Sometimes people show up an hour early to get a good spot, sometimes the place is empty a half hour before showtime. If you really love the band and want a good spot, get here early. That's all we can say.
Q: Is Sound Fix one word or two?
A: Two words! Please do not spell it "Soundfix." It really drives me crazy.
Q: Can my band come play at your space?
A: Unlikely. But it can't hurt to ask.
Q: Where is Beacon's Closet?
A: A block and a half from the store, down N. 11th St. Please stop asking.
Q: What's the greatest album of all time?
A: Depending on my mood, Neil Young's Tonight's the Night or the Who's Sellout
Some Sound Fix video memories, below...
Last night on Kent Ave (Photos by i'mjustsayin.)
"Around 1:30 a.m. alerts came in about a "fire in a factory/restaurant" on Kent Avenue (map) in Williamsburg. Word is coming in now that the "early morning fire gutted a landmark Northside diner, causing damage to an adjacent arts collective at Kent Avenue and Metropolitan." The establishment suffering extensive damages is the former Miss Williamsburg Diner (more recently 718), with the two-story building next door getting less scathed.Hopefully nobody was hurt - doesn't seem like they were.
While the diner may be a long time fixture in the neighborhood (even making a cameo in Charlie Kaufman's Synechdoche, New York), the neighboring building known as "Monster Island" has recently drawn crowds through promoter Todd P. It also houses the Live With Animals and Secret Project Robot galleries, Mollusk surf shop, and possibly some band practice spaces". [Gothamist]
Todd P, shortly after I posted, added the good news that "through a stroke of very good luck, Monster Island survived this fire unscathed. Thanks everyone, especially the FDNY, for your help and your concerns!" He also told me that the damage was even just limited to a kicked in door and a broken window.
The Brooklyn music gods aren't happy right now. Just yesterday came the news that Sound Fix is closing their bar and stage.
Luna Lounge, Brooklyn, 12 March 2007 (sweetsycophant)
Hey friends of Luna,
Many people have written me asking about Luna Lounge. Basically, what happened is that when I opened the new club in Williamsburg, I was unable to get enough shows on a regular basis. When the Knitting Factory expressed an interest in working out an arrangement with me I decided to accommodate their interest.
I still own the name Luna Lounge (with my old partner, Dianne) and am interested in finding another space in which to work with bands. If I find an appropriate location, you guys will be the first to know.
In the meantime, I will soon be opening a new bar called The Satellite Lounge on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. My good friend, Dave Ellis is my new partner.
The Satellite Lounge will hold about 60-75 people. You'll be able to hear plenty of current indie rock as well as lots of favorite older stuff from many of the previous music scenes from the last twenty years. It will not have 'live' music... We will be doing CD listening parties, birthday events, and be open seven days per week.
2008 was a tough one. Let's make the new year more enjoyable.
I'll let you know when we have an opening date in the next few weeks.
words and photos by Ryan Muir
DOWNLOAD: Department of Eagles - Balmy Night (live @ the Bell House) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Inlets - Pictures of Trees (MP3)
Last Saturday, December 13th, I found myself at an intimate loft party in Williamsburg to see Sebastian Krueger's sad-pop song writing project, Inlets. The show was a pretty low key affair. People sitting on the center-of-the-room-staircase made the place seem full and active, but i'd be surprised if there were as many as 100 people there. The bartender was friendly and served complimentary beer and wine. Everybody seemed conversational and friendly and space didnt seem to be that much of an issue.
Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles played only a couple of songs (including one Dept of Eagles song), and Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors also played a short set. It seemed to take a long time for the third band Glass Ghost to get set up and then I didn't really enjoy their set as much as the people around me seemed to.
Inlets was a very nice professional step up in sound and presence. The arrangements at times were very full and accomplished, but also sounded appropriately sparse as well-- in some songs band members would drop out completely as the set went on.
Favorite moments were the toy piano melodies on one of the later songs, and when Beirut's Zach Condon watched from the upper balcony and joined on trumpet for the last song of the evening. Overall a pleasant and mellow show that was well-suited to the well-manicured loft space.
"Not much information is available yet, but the unfortunately named The Cameo "is a venue in the heart of Williamsburg that functions as a visual art gallery by day, and a music venue by night. A cross between Pianos and the Mercury Lounge, the Cameo is booking some of New York and Brooklyn's most promising musical talent. With several bands per night, the rich sound and provocative wall art create a sensory experience not to be missed. Attached to N. 6th Street's Lovin Cup Cafe, the building offers a prime destination spot. Catch a show in the back Cameo space, and enjoy a late night burger served up at the Lovin Cup."
The space will be 150-capacity with 30-foot ceilings, and we've [Gothamist] heard some promising things about the sound and atmosphere. Hopefully it'll be able to last on the sonically saturated stretch of the street (The Music Hall of Williamsburg and Public Assembly are nearby). Doesn't look like the space will be ready until early '09, so stay tuned..." [Gothamist]
What is a hipster, but a flapper, or something...
photos by Ryan Muir
Ryan got off the Bedford L stop at North 7th St. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn last night around 1 AM. The sidewalks and streets were filled with people celebrating Obama's win. At one point the cops decided they needed to clear the street out a little, possibly so a garbage truck could get through. One reader wrote into Gothamist...
We were trying to get onto the sidewalk, as requested but hard to do when it is packed. The police pushed my boyfriend because he wasn't moving fast enough and when he spoke back to them the incident escalated.By 2:30, when Ryan decided to go home, a lot of people had already dispersed from the intersection, many thanks to the urging of the police in riot gear (who apparently were holding at least one mace grenade). The party kept going all night though. More pictures from the 'joy riot' below...
He was basically thrown to the ground, hit with billy clubs and then arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest & obstructing governmental administration. Others who got arrested were only given a summons, however a police officer hurt himself while arresting my boyfriend. That is why he is still in central booking in Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Bowl owners Charley Ryan & Peter Shapiro
...Set to open "before the end of the year, hopefully by the fall" says Shapiro, [Brooklyn Bowl] will be at 61 Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg, behind Brooklyn Brewery, and two blocks from The Gutter, in an 1880s ironworks foundry....
...In addition to the 600-capacity music venue and the lanes, Shapiro said there will be a "major food component" -- one he wasn't at liberty to disclose just yet, but -- hint, hint -- it's a respected restaurant with one foot in Brooklyn already.
As for the music, Peter Shapiro wants to keep the vibe of Wetlands alive in the new space, but the music, booked by Mia Sladyk, who's worked with Bowery Presents, will be much more eclectic -- rock, electronic, singer/songwriter, jazz -- than the jam-band-heavy lineup at Wetlands. (Though Shapiro believes that was more perception than reality. He points out that Wetlands booked everyone from Pearl Jam to Oasis to Rage Against the Machine back in the day, and I myself remember seeing David Gray -- before he became so lame -- playing folk.)... [Gowanus Lounge]
...But when we hop on the phone Adele sounds pretty chipper for someone who's at the tail end of a grueling U.S. tour promoting 19, her stunning debut. She's been keeping busy off stage as well, apartment hunting in Williamsburg (where she plans to pen her sophomore follow-up) and sitting in the rain in Central Park to check out Vampire Weekend's free performance (according to Adele, people in the crowd started stripping). That's a lot of running around for a girl who is quick to admit that she doesn't even like walking all that much. (Admittedly, her single "Chasing Pavement" tells a much different story.MCC saw Adele at Highline Ballroom and wants to be her friend. The tiny photo from that show in this post is from here. Video of Adele on the Today show below....
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