Cake Shop during NYC Popfest (more by Chris La Putt)

Cake Shop has been a key part of the vibrant New York music scene. Bands both local and from all over the world respect Cake Shop as a launching pad to success. Acts like Surfer Blood, Jeff The Brotherhood, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors and many more played some of their first gigs here. In addition to being a venue, we also try to foster a sense of community with our cafe, coffee, teas and, of course, cakes! We even have a hand picked bin of vinyl records from our favorite bands. We set a place up that we wanted to hang out in and luckily, many artists and fans have responded by continually coming in to hang out and support the scene.

Some financial hurdles that all compounded over the past 3 months (including new Real Estate Tax to landlord, added security costs and changes to the forms of ID we are allowed to accept) have caused serious potential of losing our space plus the one time fines and legal fees have caused us to reach out to the fans of live bands to help us keep the music going. We want to remain open and continue to bring you phenomenal emerging talent. That's where you come in. You can pledge to keep Cake Shop going.

We've listed some pretty sweet and unique exclusives that you can pledge for. A number of our longtime friends have graciously offered some truly special things. Everyone will receive a digital download of a compilation tape featuring handpicked songs by us (Cake Shop owners Andy and Nick Bodor and Greg Curley). Included will be some rare and unreleased live gems from the vault.

Once you pledge, you get instant access to a pledger-only part of the site. Here, we'll dig even further into the vault and give you streams of unseen live performances, live downloads and unreleased music from some of our favorite acts. We may even give away the recipe of one of our world-famous woopie pies!

Best of all, a portion of what's raised above our target will go to Musicians on Call, which is an amazing charity that provides live music in hospitals. They're a great organization, so help us help them.

Come be a part of music history as we keep live music vibrant in New York.

While they overcame an urgent financial crisis last month, Lower East Side rock club Cake Shop still needs help and they've started a PledgeMusic campaign and you can help out. There's a variety of donation levels with incentives like being on the guestlist for six months, secret showcases only open to those who donate, and other stuff. Details are at their PledgeMusic page.

In the meantime, Cake Shop's doors stay open. Tonight (5/25) it's Male the Horse and Miniboone and Saturday (5/26) it's Michigan's Bad Indians and the Beets' Juan Wauters solo, and upcoming shows include Iceland's Muck (6/8) and Royal Headache (6/13). You can watch Cake Shop's Pledge Music video below.


Cake Shop - Pledge Music

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