Entries tagged with: closing
Outside of Roseland in April (more by Robert Altamn)
Whether you actually liked seeing shows there or not, Roseland is one of NYC's classic venues. So sad news from Billboard:
New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom will close its doors in April, according to an internal e-mail obtained by Billboard, though no official announcement has been made.Danzig played the venue last night. We'll miss ya, Roseland!
The venerable venue, owned by developer Larry Ginsberg and booked by Live Nation, opened at its 52nd street location, a converted skating rink, in 1958 and is a sentimental favorite for many bands. The history of the venue in New York dates back to 1919, when it was located at 51st and Broadway, and prior to that in Philadelphia.
Evolving from ballroom dancing in the '20s to popular music, Roseland has for years been a favored New York play for a wide range of bands from the early days of rock, through disco, grunge, modern rock, jam, pop, urban and EDM. The venue found a new gear with a $1 million production/rigging renovation in the early '90s, funded by Ginsberg, which led to more high profile bookings of multiple dates on bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, and other hot acts when competition in that cap range was not as fierce. - [Billboard]
In another sign of the times, the Odessa Cafe Bar will close its doors for good, its last day being Saturday, August 31st, notes EV Grieve. The bar has been an East Village staple for more than 33 years on Ave A, falling victim, like so many others, to the rising rents and gentrification in the neighborhood. Odessa, the restaurant which is next door, is staying open and you can continue to get your pierogi fix.
Word is that the space will house an brasserie/cafe once the Odessa vacates.
Only two days left until Bar4 says goodbye forever, and now comes word that...
It's last call for beloved Park Slope dive bar Jackie's 5th Amendment. The old saloon, which has been owned and operated by the same family since the '50s, will close next month on September 14th, bartender Tony Ferrara tells us. "The owner's health is deteriorating," Ferrara explains. "It's going to be taken over by the pharmacy next door."Meanwhile, still time for one last drink at Bar 4.
Jackie's, known for its cheap drinks and mini beer buckets, was beloved for being a no-frills sanctuary in a sea of all-consuming yupsterfication. (Last November, employees of the bar petitioned President Obama to allow the bar to secede from Park Slope.) "I'm just sad," Ferrara says. "We open up at 8 a.m. for people getting off the night shifts. Back when it was Costello's in the '60s my parents used to come here to drink. It's a shame to see these kind of bars leave the area, because once they're gone they're gone forever."
South Slope bar and music venue Bar4 closes its doors forever this Thursday, August 15th. That gives you a more few days to catch a show and say your final goodbyes.
They've been celebrating all weekend by hosting the 4th annual Local Correspondents Fest, a packed schedule of bands and singer-songerwriters who have graced the stage over the years. Surprise sets so far have included a reunion by the Undisputed Heavyweights whose singer Casey Shea was also on the schedule. Maybe Furthur drummer Joe Russo and Cass McCombs or Zach Williams of Park Slope success story The Lone Bellow (they met at Dizzy's and recently headlined Prospect Park) will stop in like they have often in the past (note: we have no clue if either really will or already did). Tonight looks like this:
Monday August 12thTuesday is Bar4 open mic. Wednesday is the final Motherfuckin Bingo followed by a "dance party with some of our regular DJs from over the years". August 15 currently has nothing listed on the schedule.
7:40 Andy Kirmayer
8:00 Rich Varroney
8:20 Craig Chesler
8:40 Sheryl Cohen
9:00 Jimmy Hoffman (COMEDY)
9:20 Shannon Pelcher
9:40 Matt Singer
10:00 The Bright Silence
10:20 Derek Zimmerman
11:00 Jeremiah Birnbaum
This is it, the last day for iconic Hoboken rock club, Maxwell's which is shutting it's doors tonight (or the wee hours of Thursday) after 35 years. Last night's penultimate show at Maxwell's was headlined by Lee Ranaldo & The Dust. One of the openers was a mystery group, Single Dynamite, which turned out to include Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Quasi drummer Janet Weiss. Did anyone go last night? How was it?
UPDATE: Check out a full set of pictures from the Lee Ranaldo/Single Dynamite show.
Meanwhile, today's Maxwell's closing block party starts at 4 PM on the street outside the club. In addition to the already-announced line-up of The Bongos, The Individuals and "a", Delicate Steve has been added to the bill. NJ.com reports that thing may be broken up into two separate shows inside the club: Delicate Steve and The Individuals at 6 PM; and then The Bongos and "a" at 9 PM.
Sad news for the South Slope:
Friends and family,They survived Hurricane Sandy, but are no match for gentrification. I guess it remains to be seen if someone might take over the space and leave the stage, though that seems doubtful.
It is with great sadness that we announce that after 14 years as a neighborhood institution, music venue and beloved Slope staple, Bar 4 will be permanently closing its doors on August 15, 2013.
In 1999 President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial ended in acquittal in the Senate, a little file-sharing website called Napster was sued by the RIAA on charges of copyright infringement and a wee Canadian boy named Justin Bieber turned 5.
Oh, and Bar 4 opened its doors at the dusty end of 7th Avenue in a pre-hip Park Slope.
For a decade-and-a-half this venue has been a launching pad for musicians who have gone on to international acclaim and played host to local acts with world class talent. The neighborhood has changed, and so have we. But as one era gives way to another we must face the financial realities that have confronted so many other good, hardworking Brooklynites.
We have been a home and refuge to many and we will be eternally grateful to the wellspring of goodwill, support and love so many of you have provided over the years.
We've hosted your dance parties, queer nights, vinyl DJ's, killer comics, striving musicians (our epic open mic night is surpassed by none), lonely souls, love connections, breakups, burlesque ensembles, baby showers, Food Co-op revues, art shows, strip poker, Halloween freakouts, New Years Eve bonanzas, spontaneous weeknight drinkathons, bingo bouts, karaoke, karaoke, karaoke and did we mention our epic open mic nights?
We'll miss seeing your faces, hanging your posters in our windows, cleaning up your broken glasses, taking your forgotten umbrellas home, looking at your Instagram photos (THAT's something that wouldn't have made any sense 14 years ago), doing shots with you and telling you to keep it down for our neighbors.
The next few weeks will be one long goodbye. Come share it with us. There will be homecomings, hugs, tears, pickle backs, and lots and lots of music. Stay tuned for the specifics as we work out our calendar, but rest assured you are invited to every last minute we have.
Ted, Larry, Erin, and The Entire Bar4 Family
Sad to see you go Bar4.
It was a rough week for Bushwick DIY venue Big Snow Buffalo Lodge. Though no statement was released, apparently there was a shooting at the club on Wednesday night (7/17). Whether it was inside or outside Big Snow is unclear, but someone,
possibly a doorman, was rushed to the hospital and the night's show was canceled. The space, which opened back in 2011, had also recently suffered setbacks due to flooding.
UPDATE: Big Snow originally refused to give us any information for this post, but venue co-owner Yoni David has since confirmed in the comments of this post that he was the one shot. We wish him a full recovery soon!
We'll miss you, Big Snow.
outside Public Assembly at BV-CMJ 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
North 6th Williamsburg 2-stage venue Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos) recently closed their front room for renovations and are about to do the same in the back. That means there are literally only about two weeks of shows scheduled at the club at the moment. Krallice is playing the final show, and one of the others will be Bunker, which also may be Bunker's last at that venue according to to this message they sent out:
Four and a half years after founding The Bunker at subTonic, we moved the party to 70 North 6th Street (then called Galapagos) in July of 2007. We immediately found it to be the perfect space for the party, and have hosted the majority of our events there ever since. By our rough count, we've done about 150 parties in the back room over the past 6 years. Many of you have been there for most of those events, discovered every nook and cranny of the space, and know the bartenders and security staff by name.Meanwhile the Bunker will continue to throw parties at new Williamsburg club Output. Their current upcoming schedule and flyer for the Public Assembly show are below.
As of now the front room is under renovations and is never to reopen as a music venue. The back room closes for a few months of renovation starting in mid-July. We're not really sure what shape it will take or if it will be appropriate for The Bunker when it reopens in September.
We wanted to have one more party to say a proper goodbye to the back room as we know it. The night will start with a deep, heady set from Borne (aka Scott Vizioli) and end with some late night haus from our good friend Atomly. Both of these guys have probably been to 140+ of the 150 events at Public Assembly. Shawn O'Sullivan, who has appeared at The Bunker solo and with his band Led Er Est, will treat us to one of his mindbending live sets. Resident DJs Bryan and Servito fill in the gaps. NikSound will of course be in the house. Goodbye for now, PA.
And what really caught our eye in that message above was the part about the front room never reopening for shows. That would definitely stink, especially since we've gotten kind of comfortable with the space as the home of our BrooklynVegan CMJ parties lately. Stay tuned for more info!
Yo La Tengo @ Maxwell's, Hanukah 2012 (more by PSquared Photography)
Maxwell's, the Hoboken corner restaurant and rock club with an international reputation, is closing its doors at the end of July.Bummer, bummer news. The U.S. is losing one of its legendary small rock venues (co-owned by Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley), home to Yo La Tengo's Hanukah shows, The Feelies' 4th of July shows and where Bruce Springsteen shot the "Glory Days" video. Titus Andronicus have three shows coming up there. The Bats play tonight with Wild Carnation. Yo La Tengo (as Condo Fucks) will open for The Pastels next week.
The lease to Maxwell's, which has been at the heart of the rock scene in Hudson County for decades, is up at the end of July. But the decision to close the club at 1039 Washington St. isn't the landlord's.
"We were offered a renewal with rates that weren't necessarily onerous," says Todd Abramson, the club's booking agent and co-owner. "But after much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time."
Maxwell's, says Abramson, will invite back some old friends to finish its remarkable run.
"On July 31, I think we're going to go out the way we came in -- with the band 'a'." a, which featured members of the Bongos and Glenn Morrow, who'd later found Hoboken's Bar/None Records, was the first act to ever take the stage in the restaurant's back room. - [NJ.com]
This one hits hard. We're gonna miss you, Maxwell's.
It's been over a year since we reported that West Village record store Bleecker Bob's was closing, but they're still open. That will change soon though, or so they say. As NYU Local points out, the store posted this on Facebook:
STORE UPDATE:: 3/6/13It was sad in 2012 and it's still sad now. Meanwhile, Sound Fix Records in Brooklyn is also not long for this world.
looks like the new tenant has signed the lease. we've heard they want to be open by June 1. it will take probably around 2 months to get work permits for the massive remodeling job they'll need to do so we're figuring we should be open until May 2013!!
---get ready for another chain of self serve yogurt/coffee/hot chocolate cafes NYC!!
Time Out commenter Jukebox Jodi writes:
Been bartending at Motor City since the doors opened almost 17 years ago! We play all kinds of Rock'n'Roll, R&B, Soul, Garage, from the 50's and 60's to Punk to Rock to now. We have set the standard for the best Music on the Lower East Side and everyone has tried to copy us,but we always manage to stay one step ahead of them! Wednesday Happy Hour and Friday Nights are my nights in which the above mentioned music is showcased! Weds. I do gourmet cocktails for 2 for 1 Happy Hour, and Friday Nights we have the amazing Go-Go Goddess, "Anna Copa Cabana" shaking her shimmy to the 60's grooves dance party! Stop by for some fun!That comment, which sums up what it was like at the LES mainstay, was written in October. Now comes word that the around-18 year old bar is closing soon. According to a long-time DJ there, one of the owners sent out an email yesterday letting people know that the lease is up on February 28th, and that they'll be closed by June.
Head over to 127 Ludlow Street for one last drink while you have the chance, and leave your Motor City experiences here in the comments.
"Music and DVD retailer HMV said it was calling in the administrators after a last-ditch attempt to secure funding failed, bringing the curtain down on one of Britain's best-known high street retail stores.---
The accounting firm Deloitte has been named as the administrator and intends to keep the business running while it seeks a potential buyer, HMV said in a statement late on Monday." [Reuters]
NYC record store Dope Jams, which is located at 580 Myrtle Ave in Brooklyn and has been home to a great collection of electronic music for the last 7 years, has announced via a statement that they will close its doors on January 26, 7 years to the day since opening. They will also be throwing a closing party that night from 8 PM until the store closes for good. The statement begins:
At the end of this month, 7 years to the day since it opened, Dope Jams will be closing its doors for good.You can read the rest of the statement (which includes streams of 15 songs that "will forever remind [them] of 580 Myrtle Ave") and check out the flyer for the closing party below.
Rattling off a bunch of positive hyperbole or sentimental cliches without taking a good, hard look at the past would be a mistake. The truth is, we've made a lot of mistakes. Opening and holding down Dope Jams, however, was definitely not one of them. When we started working on the space at 580 Myrtle Avenue, well before it was the polished and finished form that you all know, dance music record shops were already jumping ship like the fucking Titanic. We knew exactly what kind of a logistical and financial shitstorm we were getting into. But ultimately, we wanted to devote ourselves, to put every ounce of energy and every dime saved into the perpetuation and expansion of dope music. We threw ourselves into installing the sound and the aesthetics to situate our project and our philosophy, and with that set in place, we proceeded to push music we thought was worthwhile, music that was beautiful and pure and capable of wading past the massive expanses of mediocrity and opportunism that we saw as gaining the upper hand. And along the way we did a lot of things that set us back, whether out of economics, ignorance, or idealism. We did our best to push past that, because we truly believed in what we were doing, we believed in the music we were championing, and we believed in creating a space and a community to allow that music to flourish. We gave enough of a shit then, and have continued to give a shit for 7 long years struggling through dwindling sales, personal loss, and daily disappointments. If only for the barage of weirdos, freaks and outcasts walking through that door every day, it was absolutely worth it.
Broolyn DIY house show space Dead Herring will be no more soon. They announced:
Hey everybody, we're very sad to announce that January is gonna be our last month at Dead Herring. They're raising the rent on us and we can't afford to live here anymore so we're moving on. We're super bummed but also very grateful to everyone who's ever performed here and hung out with us and made the last 6 years here so awesome. Rest assured, we're going out big and we have a ton shows lined up for January. Dead Herring is dead! Viva Dead Herring!There are just two shows left. January 26th will be the final night (lineup TBA). Tonight (1/5) is the 2nd to last show. Head over and wish them goodbye! That's the flyer above.
outside of the Living Room (more by Amanda Hatfield)
At the end of January, The Living Room will be closing the doors at its 154 Ludlow St location (right next door to Pianos and Cake Shop), where they've been for the past ten years since moving from their original Stanton St location. In a press release, owners Jennifer GIlson and Steve Rosenthal mention that higher rent costs have made it too difficult to keep the Ludlow St location, but they're promising to move to a new space, and are asking for your help to fund the move and construction. To help out, you can donate to their PledgeMusic campaign.
In terms of the current location, LES blog The Lo-Down reports that their neighbors Pianos have filed documents with Community Board 3 to take over the space. What they'll do with it is unclear, though the documents mention the possibility of "live/world music similar to the current method of operation." Time will tell. CB3's SLA Committee will be considering the proposal on January 7 at 6:30 PM at the JASA/Green building (200 E 5th St).
In a Columbia University student publication, Living Room co-founder Jennifer GIlson was interviewed about the damages done during Hurricane Sandy and mentioned that they lost at least $15,000 and were applying to the LES Business Improvement District for a small grant. As The Lo-Down article points out, the ownership change was probably in process before Hurricane Sandy though.
by Bill Pearis
people at Zebulon for an El Guincho show in 2010 (more by Erez Avissar)
Rumors have been floating around for a while, but now it's official: Williamsburg venue Zebulon, which has always been a great place for world music and jazz, as well as local and touring bands (including being the home of Grizzly Bear's first show in 2004) for about a decade (and almost never charged admission), will be closing its doors for good after their show this Sunday (12/9). The press release (via Zebulon's facebook) reads:
On Sunday, Dec 9 Zebulon will be closing its doors after ten exciting years of pioneering music and arts. Williamsburg has changed significantly since we opened, and unfortunately it is no longer possible today to continue the business in the manner in which it was conceived. Nevertheless, it's been a great run. We are proud to have given many celebrated artists a chance to play in an intimate setting or develop their sound in readiness for a larger audience. Zebulon has employed and supported struggling artists and their families, connected them to a wider musical community in New York and given them a stage on which to experiment. This is our final week so if you haven't been down in a while, please come and say hello/wave goodbye, and pay your respects to this gem of an institution. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for news of our next endeavors and adventures!Major bummer for the neighborhood. The block Zebulon is on (Wythe between Metropolitan and N. 3rd) has changed drastically in the last two years: the bike club/repair shop, such a fixture for longer than I've lived in the neighborhood ('98), is now a surf shop, and long-running diner Relish is now an very busy (and overpriced) Mexican place. Zebulon was the last holdout on the block from the early '00s Williamsburg expansion and will be sincerely missed.
The schedule of upcoming shows for Zebulon's final week (including Mike Wexler, Colin Stetson, Hubble and more) is below.
The sound system forever went silent Monday night at a famed Greenwich Village club that had provided a stage to struggling artists and superstar musicians over a storied  years.As advertised, The Smithereens and Willie Nile played the final show at Kenny's Castaways in NYC last night (10/1), a show that was apparently free of special guests, but full of emotion for many. Were you there?
Adoring fans had packed Kenny's Castaways on Bleecker Street to hear singer-songwriter Willie Nile and garage rockers The Smithereens blister through a pair of last sets inside the closing music Mecca.
"We started playing here in July of 1980. We were just starting out," said Jim Babjak, lead guitarist for The Smithereens. "A lot of people wanted you to play cover songs. This was one of the few places that let us play our own stuff."
Former neighborhood resident Steve Simels was in awe seeing his idols play one last time at the club.
"I used to live across the street and this was my clubhouse. Willie Nile and The Smithereens were like gods to us," said Simels. [NY Post]
A few videos from the show, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Sonar compound during Maryland Deathfest 2012 (more by BBG)
Greetings, everyone. In case the rumor hasn't made it to your ears, we can let you know that Sonar (the home of MDF since 2006) is closing. Why? That's not important.I guess its not really that much of a shock that Sonar in Baltimore is closing their doors, considering the troubles they had recently (they closed and reopened in 2011). That said, I'm sad to see it go, especially after years of Maryland Deathfest (pictures from 2012 are HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) at the venue and recently, the A389 Anniversary shows (2012 in pictures are HERE and HERE). Goodbye Sonar, but thanks for all of the amazing memories.
What is important is that we've known about this situation for months, and we were already searching for a new location only a few days after MDF X ended. Currently, we have THREE locations to choose from, all of which would be in Baltimore. Once some more logistical and financial planning takes place, we can make a decision on next year's location. With a little luck, we'll reveal that info before the end of July. Worst case scenario, we'll let you know sometime in August.
In the meantime, we will be announcing the first round of confirmed bands for MDF XI very soon, maybe even as early as next week.
"Lakeside Lounge has been sold and will be closing at the end of April. After just over fifteen years in business, the bar that defined oldschool East Village cool will be replaced by a gentrifier whiskey joint, no doubt with $19 artisanal cocktails and hedge fund nebbishes trying to pick up on sorostitutes when their boyfriends are puking in the bathroom - or out of it."EV Grieve points out that this news comes just eight months after the closing of East Village bar Banjo Jim's. (which reminds me, what's up with Kate's Joint?)
Meanwhile, stop by Lakeside Lounge, not to be confused with Parkside one more time. Check out their final two-week schedule below...
Ithaca's "home of live music" posted the following message on Facebook:
Dear Ithaca,Meanwhile, you can still catch a show (like Rasputina on April 5th). RIP Castaways.
Looks like the Castaways are getting off the island.
After 6 years of battling and 2 years of "negotiation", we have worn out our welcome and the landlords are not renewing our lease. Obviously, not all the rumors you hear are going to be true. Sure, some will be, but we assure you that we have paid every month of rent that was due. With the new West End zoning on the horizon, the long term investment in an aged, unmaintained building does not make sense. After years of rotting pipes, a leaky roof, insufficient "fixes", and all the mold up in the ceiling that resulted, we can no longer take it. As the 2nd highest rent in the West End, it feels like we are paying for a nice Volvo and driving around in a old Yugo. We look back with pride at what we have done to clean up this place, at the money we raised over the years for the Finger Lakes Cancer Resource Center, the many families in need who held benefits with us, for the Chamber of Commerce fundraisers for the Waterfront Trail, and at all of the incredible, wonderful music we have shared together over the years as a community. It isn't over yet but we wanted to thank everyone who has been part of our family. That's you! Later this Spring, Castaways will have its final last call on the waterfront. But first, lets have a really kick-ass April.
Gonna need a new home once that Hydrilia takes over anyway, right? ;)
Still Lots and Lots of Love,
photos by David Andrako
Park Slope club Southpaw closed its doors forever after a February 20th show. Here are some pictures taken inside the venue on its final two days. More of them below...
this image will soon only exist in pictures (and Seinfeld)...
The NY Times reports:
Bleecker Bob's will close its store at 118 West Third Street at the end of April, according to a manager, Chris Wiedener.BUT NOTE, despite what you may have heard, the NY Times posted an update to their story that reads "While a manager at Bleecker Bob's said it would become a Starbucks, the company says it will not open a store there."
"It's kind of disappointing," said Giancarlo Caccamo, 19, a customer at Bleecker Bob's on Thursday evening, upon learning the news. The vinyl records that pack the wooden bins and milk crates in the cluttered, narrow space are an increasingly endangered species, said Mr. Caccamo, who was in search of a record by Mott the Hoople.
The store's closing seemed to sound a death knell for vinyl itself. "I just love the warm fuzz that you get," he said. "There's nothing like that sound."
Javier Medina, 43, who began shopping at Bleecker Bob's in the 1970s and has worked there as a salesman for the last decade, was more concerned about the loss of a piece of history. "This place should be a landmark," he said while chatting with Gary Rookard, 53, who sells glass pipes on a table outside. "Everybody in the world knows it."
Watch the Beastie Boys video "Open Letter to NY" (Bob's shoutout included), below...
Southpaw, July 2009 (more)
And, it's true:
"A long-standing Park Slope concert hall will close and become a tutoring school now that the hood caters more to kiddies than roadies, owners say.PREVIOUSLY: Southpaw closing in February?
Southpaw -- the legendary music venue that hosted the likes of Patti Smith and Joan Jett -- will close on Fifth Avenue and Sterling Place by the end of February, according to co-owner and music guru Mikey Palms.
"I'm kind of over Park Slope -- it's not a destination for nightlife anymore," said Palms, who also owns Public Assembly NYC in Williamsburg. "It's time to go."
He said a firm called New York City Kids will soon replace the grocery store-sized house of music, offering academic tutoring and rock climbing for tots." [Brooklyn Paper]
Southpaw in 2010 (more by BBG)
According to many with connections to the Park Slope club (some who emailed me and some who are tweeting), Southpaw is closing on February 20 (possibly because "The venue's been sold."). The 5th Avenue Brooklyn venue was getting ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary in a big way too, which would make this news, if confirmed, even sadder.
Home of The Rub, Nuclear Family, numerous soul shows, many hip hop ones (like the upcoming Action Bronson/eXquire gig), and even a lot of indie rock at one time (just off the top of my head I remember seeing Sufjan Stevens, John Vanderslice, Andrew Bird, Mogwai, Davila 666, Mannequin Men, Keren Ann, Metric, Neko Case, Sondre Lerche, Bob Log III, Sharon Jones, and Negative Approach there), Southpaw has been a great piece of the NYC music scene for almost a decade. Unfortunately, possibly due to the increasing popularity and number of Williamsburg venues, and newer competition from Union Hall and the Bell House (not to mention Littlefield), shows have been somewhat less frequent there in the past few years (especially notable indie rock ones).
Stay tuned for more info, and an official confirmation (one way or another). Meanwhile check out their schedule (which at the moment has four shows on it past 2/20).