The HighLine Ballroom, a new performance space inspired by the High Line Park, located in the meat packing district on 16th Street (between 9th & 10th Aves), will open April 30th with a special performance by Lou Reed featuring Mike Rathke on guitar and Jane Scarpantoni on cello. A limited number of tickets will be sold to the public for the HighLine Ballroom opening night performance by Lou Reed and will cost $85.

Well, that answers the main question I had - the Highline Ballroom DOES have something to do with the High Line Park. We also already know that some of the performances for the David Bowie-curated High Line Festival (which benefits the High Line Park) are taking place in the Highline Ballroom. That includes the two shows by Laurie Anderson (who happens to be married to Lou Reed) (and who is separately being honored by Lou Reed, David Bowie, David Byrne and others to benefit the Kitchen).

The NY Post answers some other questions:

  • The Highline Ballroom is owned by the family that owns BB King Blues Club & Grill and the Blue Note.
  • The nightclub will take over the 10,000-foot spot formerly occupied by Glo and Powder.
  • It's a terrific domed space with no columns and great sightlines
  • The rent for the 15-year deal starts around $30 a foot.

That's a photo (to the right) of what the club used to look like, and what it looks like now. I found that at Curbed. Tickets are on sale, sold out, or will be on sale for the following upcoming shows....

Apr 30 - Lou Reed (see above)
May 01 - Jonatha Brooke
May 02 - Moe
May 03 - Moe (sold out)
May 04 - Moe (sold out)
May 05 - Moe (sold out)
May 06 - Moenia
May 07 - Meshell Ndegeocello
May 08 - Amy Winehouse (sold out)
May 09 - Amy Winehouse (sold out)

Continued below....

May 10 - Girlyman
May 11 - Andy Smith & Kid Beyond
May 12 - The Greyboy Allstars
May 13 - The Greyboy Allstars
May 14 - Pharaoh's Daughter
May 15 - Spank Rock (info)
May 16 - Daniel Johnston / Bang On A Can / The Legendary Stardust Cowboy (High Line)
May 17 - Laurie Anderson (High Line)
May 18 - Talib Kweli (info)
May 18 - Laurie Anderson (High Line)
May 19 - Secret Machines (High Line)
May 20 - Joey Belladonna (from Anthrax!)
May 24 - The Disco Biscuits (sold out)
May 25 - The Disco Biscuits (sold out)
May 26 - Mos Def - Black Radio (info)
May 31 - Jazz Mandolin Project
Jun 22 - Forro In The Dark / Miho Hatori (will David Byrne be there?)
Jun 27 - Ojos De Brujo
Jun 28 - Ojos De Brujo
Jun 30 - The Bad Plus (early and late)
Aug 07 - Rebirth Brass Band
Sep 09 - Epica plus Visions of Atlantis
Oct 28 - Prong