It feels like venues in New York are closing down all the time. In the last year alone, Webster Hall and B.B. King Blues Club both shut their doors and there are countless smaller venues that met much the same fate. But for every venue that closes, another one opens, as we are also getting a lot of fascinating new places to catch bands this year.
Last week, news of a new Rooftop Concert Series at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 was announced with a stunning line-up of artists kicking things off. This is just the latest in a handful of newly announced and opened venues popping up around the city, as well as Long Island.
Vinyl Bay 777, Long Island’s music outlet, is taking a look at some of the new venues that have opened up in New York this year, as well as ones that are slated to open soon. Here are six venues set to be a part of New York history.
1. The Rooftop at Pier 17: As stated above, a new concert venue is coming to the South Street Seaport this summer. Housed in the new building where the mall used to be, The Rooftop at Pier 17 is being booked by LiveNation and will be able to hold 2,400 (seated) to 3,400 (standing) patrons per show. Last week, Amy Schumer and Kings of Leon were announced as the venue’s inaugural performers, playing August 1 and August 2 & 3, respectively. The rest of their line-up was announced yesterday, which includes shows from Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings (which is a free show to launch the venue on July 28), Bebe Rexha (8/9), Trever Noah (8/12), Dashboard Confessionaland All Time Low (8/19), Michael McDonald (8/21), Hunter Hayes (8/24), Gladys Knight and The O’Jays (8/25), Ziggy Marley (7/7), deadmau5 (7/8) and more. Tickets for all of these shows go on sale Friday.
2. Coney Island Baby: Originally Brownies then HiFi Bar, Coney Island Baby is the new East Village venue from D Generation’s Jesse Malin. The 200-capacity venue hosted its first shows earlier this month and has a fantastic line-up of bands coming up, including two sold-out shows from Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s side project The Longshot (5/22 & 5/23) and The Waldos, which features Walter Lure from Johnny Thunders’ Heartbreakers.
3. Elsewhere: Opened this past November by former Glasslands owner PopGun, Elsewhere is a multi-purpose arts and performance space in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Its main hall holds about 675 patrons, while its smaller Zone One room holds about 200. A third, rooftop room will be opening this Memorial Day. The new spot holds 500 people and will serve as a space for art installations and film screenings, as well as musical performances. A full listing of summer rooftop parties has already been announced.
4. Sony Hall: Located in the heart of Times Square in the iconic Paramount Hotel, Sony Hall opened in March with a free MGMT show. The 500 (seated) to 1,000 (standing)-capacity venue is owned by Blue Note Entertainment, who also own the Highline Ballroom and the former B.B. King Blues Club (many of that venue’s previously booked shows will now be held at Sony Hall) and uses Sony’s proprietary multi-dimensional audio technology in an effort to “deliver enhanced entertainment experiences to fans.” The venue also boasts an eclectic mix of artists and genres, a full slate of which can be found here.
5. Opry City Stage: A slice of Nashville in the heart of New York City, Opry City Stage opened in December. The space has four floors and two stages to bring local and up-and-coming country artists to the big city. The second floor stage offers “a broad range of great country music talent to accompany guests’ drinks and meals,” as well as live streams of Grand Ole Opry performances, while the Studio at Opry Stage hosts staged events by country “hit-makers, emerging artists and songwriters.” There is even a series styled after the famed Bluebird Cafe, which spotlights new artists from around the country. Check out their schedule here.
6. My Father’s Place: Originally open from 1971 until 1987, My Father’s Place was venue in Roslyn that hosted some of the era’s biggest bands before they were big, especially in the reggae and punk spheres. Now after 30 years, the venue has found a new home at the Roslyn Hotel. Beginning this June, the venue will pick up where it left off with shows from Buster Poindexter (6/29), Livingston Taylor(6/30), Brand X (7/6), Zebra (7/20), The Blasters (8/11), Howie Day (8/16), Peter Yarrow (12/9) and more.
Though it may be easy to dwell on the venues that have been shutting their doors, there are still many new ones opening up to take their place. Offering up an array of choices in terms of genre and size, these new venues prove that live music in New York is and will continue to be as strong as ever through the coming years.
To read about three more venues that recently opened / will open in New York, check out the original article at vinylbay777.blogspot.com.