a first look at PopGun’s new Bushwick venue Elsewhere which opens this fall
On a industrial stretch of Johnson Ave, just a few blocks off the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick is Elsewhere, the new 24,000 square foot, multi-room Bushwick venue from Glasslands owners PopGun. They actually started working on it before they knew Glasslands was going to close and, now nearly four years since, Elsewhere is finally set to open this fall. While we're still a couple months out, PopGun's Jake Rosenthal and Rami Haykal gave me a tour around their new digs this week. You can check out a few pictures of it in the gallery above.
Elsewhere is actually three venues in one. There is the the 675-capacity Hall, a one-level room that keeps its warehouse former self intact and, like at Glasslands, puts a little art behind the stage -- in this case a large mosaic with panels that light up and can change color. There's also an intimate 200-capacity smaller room called Zone One which Haykal and Rosenthal say will offer live music seven nights a week.
Both The Hall and Zone One are on the ground floor of the two-story space and have separate entrances but for some shows, which they're referring to as "takeovers," you can go back and forth between them. If CMJ still existed, this would be an ideal spot for a day show.
The third venue is the 500-capacity rooftop, which won't open until late spring 2018, but will have a stage with Manhattan as its backdrop. On the second floor is Elsewhere's cafe, The Loft, which will be "the first to open and last to close" each day, offering coffee, some food and free wifi for working in the daytime, and morphing into a happy hour vibe and then bar at night.
Through the Loft you can get to the Skybridge Gallery which will showcase a rotating roster of local art. It overlooks Elsewhere's courtyard, which is the entrance for The Loft, Zone One and the roof.
Elsewhere has also announced the first wave of shows, beginning in November, which include ADULT. in the Hall on 11/2, an Anamanaguchi full-venue takeover on 11/10, No Age in the Hall on 11/14, a takeover by Baltimore band Celebration they're calling "Zone Out" on 11/18, P.O.S on 11/17, Parquet Courts on 11/19, and Sunflower Bean on 11/30. You can check out the full first wave list of shows -- which also include TEED, Classixx, Slow Magic, Jlin, and Buke & Gase -- below and tickets are all on sale now.
ELSEWHERE: FIRST WAVE OF 2017 SHOWS
(full venue takeover if not otherwise noted)
Wed 11/1 Bruno Major (Zone One)
Thu 11/2 Guantanamo Baywatch, Surfbot (Zone One)
Thu 11/2 ADULT., Plack Blague (Hall)
Fri 11/3 Slow Magic (Hall)
Fri 11/3 TOMI (Zone One)
Fri 11/3 Classixx (DJ Set) / Poolside, Lloydski + in Zone One: Garrett David, Phoneg1rl, DJ Jor
Sat 11/4 Kllo (Zone One)
Sat 11/4 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set)
Thu 11/9 MNDSGN, Yaeji, P.U.D.G.E. (Hall)
Fri 11/10 Anamanaguchi [ Elsewhere Takeover!]
Fri 11/10 Stacey Pullen / Juan Atkins
Sat 11/11 HUMANS (Zone One)
Sat 11/11 Moon Boots
Tue 11/14 PopGun Party: No Age (Hall)
Wed 11/15 PALM (Zone One)
Thu 11/16 PALM (Zone One)
Thu 11/16 JLin, Total Freedom (Hall)
Fri 11/17 P.O.S., Metasota, Transit22 (Zone One)
Sat 11/18 Celebration (Zone One)
Sun 11/19 Parquet Courts, B Boys (Hall)
Sat 11/25 Cyril Hahn
Thu 11/30 Sunflower Bean (Hall)
Fri 12/1 Buke & Gase, RIVKA (Zone One)
Fri 12/15 Kölsch
Fri 12/22 Blockhead (Zone One)
Sat 12/16 Iori, Halal & Relaxer
Fri 12/22 Octave One [Live]