Entries tagged with: venues
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.
Shoxx at Acheron, June 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
The previously discussed show with Spectres and Crimson Scarlet (who are on their way to Varning) tonight at Acheron (10/26) has grown. Juuust a little. Now the two band bill has absorbed another punk show previously scheduled for 538 Johnson featuring headliner Shoxx with Leather, Destruction Unit and Warthog. The combined six-band mega-bill kicks off at 8PM and will set you back $10.
The reason for the switch?
Hi. FDNY has been in the building all morning trying to crack down on illegal lofts. So for our sake/538's sake, PLEASE don't be an asshole tonight or do anything that might further jeopardize our home beyond us already having shows here. i love having shows in our apt and want to be able to continue doing so, and also am not interested in being homeless. - [Facebook commenter]
Head below for live video of some of the bands at Acheron tonight.
Ridgewood Theater (via)
Locals have been rallying around The Ridgewood Theater for years, but even though the 1916-era space became a landmark, it still sits on Myrtle Avenue abandoned. Now the Times Ledger reports that the current owner is marketing it as a concert venue and events space.The Ridgewood Theatre closed its doors in 2008 after 92 years, eventually achieving landmark status in 2010. Now the space, located at 55-27 Myrtle Ave in Ridgewood, Queens is looking to be repurposed from a movie theater to a music venue. Who, if anyone, will step up to the plate?
A spokesman for the building says, "We have been marking the property for a little over a month and since then have had a lot of interest." While the space would easily transition into a venue, they are willing to hear all proposals. As a venue, it could have a capacity of somewhere between 1,900 and 2,500. -[Gothamist]
The Bowery Presents, an independent promotion company based in New York City, and consulting Chef Michael Schlow are opening The Sinclair, a live-music venue and restaurant launching this fall. The livemusic space will accommodate 525 people with plans to host 200 shows annually, while the restaurant will seat 104 and will be open seven days a week. Located at 52 Church Street in the heart of Harvard Square [in Boston, MA], The Sinclair is the first restaurant project for The Bowery Presents...This press release comes after last week's announcement that Bowery Presents had hired Carl Lavin and Josh Smith who will "continue handle the talent buying and promotion of concerts at Boston's Great Scott and TT the Bear's Place. Additionally, Lavin and Smith will work in conjunction with Josh Bhatti for talent buying and promotion at Royale and the forthcoming Sinclair." Up until all of this, Royale, which opened in 2010, was the only venue in Boston Bowery Presents was booking exclusively. Now Bowery books all four of these venues exclusively, though the Sinclair is the only one they own.
"We are excited to open The Sinclair in such a historic, dynamic neighborhood," said Jim Glancy of The Bowery Presents. "The Bowery Presents has evolved over the years - from promoting concerts in small, intimate venues to arenas, amphitheaters and beyond. To build a venue in Boston, typically we would have retrofitted something in an existing space. For this project, we are taking the lessons that we've learned from our previous endeavors and creating The Sinclair with the best experience in mind for concert patrons and artists. We can't wait to share it with the citizens of Cambridge and the Boston area."
So far The Sinclair has shows set with Andrew Jackson Jihad (tour dates), Roky Erickson, Converge/Torche (tour dates), Title Fight (tour dates), David Wax Museum, Patrick Watson (tour dates) and others. Visit the Sinclair's website for the full upcoming schedule.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House in Ridgewood
A pair of impressively bearded frontmen will bless the backyard of the Vander Ende-Onderdonk House today at 6PM (8/10): Daniel Higgs (Lungfish) and Tim Harrington (Les Savy Fav)! Donations for the BYOB show will be accepted, and the party goes down rain or shine... note there is a "huge circus tent on the property". It's located at 1820 Flushing Avenue which isn't too far from the Jefferson L stop. More info on the show is here.
If you haven't heard of the space, I guess that means you haven't been paying attention for few hundred years:
The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, located in Ridgewood on the border of Queens and Brooklyn, is the oldest Dutch Colonial stone house in New York City. Peter Stuyvesant granted the land it sits on in the mid-seventeenth century, and by 1660, Hendrick Barents Smidt occupied a small house on the site. In 1709, Paulus Vander Ende of Flatbush purchased the farm and began construction of the current house. The building was a prominent marker in the 1769 settlement of the boundary dispute between Bushwick in Kings County and Newtown in Queens County.OK to be fair, there hasn't been any indie-rock events there prior to last weekend's Arbitration Rock Festival. So head on down to the historical house and help break it in (nicely)!
In 1977, the House and property were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1978, granted the same status on the New York State Register. The House was given New York City landmark status in June of 1996. With the help of Federal, State and local funds, the Onderdonk House was opened to the public in 1982.
The House serves as a museum for a permanent exhibit on the archaeology of the Onderdonk site, as well as changing exhibits relating to history, the arts and culture. The Society also maintains a history and genealogical research library, and offers many cultural events annually, including: guided house tours, history lectures and programs, genealogy workshops, craft classes and special events, such as St. Nicholas Day and other Dutch celebrations. The history and location of the house provide a rich educational and cultural experience for visitors.
a scene from Market Hotel, 2009 (more by Leia Jospe)
"despite the travails of the scene and setbacks experienced by [Todd] Patrick himself--in June, Community Board 3 denied him and his partners a liquor license for a restaurant/avant-garde performance space on Avenue A--the summer also ushered a new era for him. He became a father in August. (He took a few months off.) Weeks later, he received a $100,000 grant to renovate Market Hotel, the Bushwick loft that was his flagship space until 2010. The space, which was founded in 2008 when he built it out with Ahearn and local punk outfit The So So Glos, has been largely inactive since the cops raided it during a Smith Westerns gig in early 2010, though a rotating cast of artists-in-residence has remained.Long live Market Hotel.
The anonymous grant was funneled through the Solo Foundation, a New York-based nonprofit that supports arts initiatives with social agendas. It will allow Market to make improvements and obtain a certificate of occupancy, a place of assembly permit, and a liquor license. Market Hotel will then be a licensed not-for-profit venue. "We won't have to hide in the shadows," Patrick says. The hope is that we can be open seven days a week." [Village Voice]