News and Notes: Spike Hill’s Uncertain Future, and What’s Been Happening with Music Venues in General

August 8, 2014

Spkie Hill Sign

Crain’s New York Business is reporting that the landlord of 184-186 Bedford Avenue, the building that houses music venue Spike Hill has been placed on the market.  The asking price for the building is $19.5 million.  It seems that anyone paying anything even close to that price is not likely to keep things just like they are now.  I would not be at all surprised if Spike Hill does not make it out of 2015 at its current location.

Sorry Were ClosedWith all of the club closings Now I’ve Heard Everything has reported on over the past few years, I thought it would be worthwhile to look at whether or not New York City is in the midst of a venue crisis.  I’ve listed the music venues that I cover that have opened or closed since December 20, 2009 (the day Now I’ve Heard Everything went live).  The results are interesting:


Closed Opened
 92Y Tribeca  Bar Chord
 Banjo Jim’s  Beast of Bourbon
 Bar 4  Dinosaur BBQ
 Ding Dong Lounge  Friends and Lovers
 Kenny’s Castaways  Hi-Fi
 Lakeside Lounge  Hill Country Brooklyn
 Living Room  Rockwood Stage 2 & 3
 Local 269  Rough Trade
 National Underground  Skinny Dennis
 Rodeo Bar  SubCulture
 Southpaw  Sycamore
 Sullivan Hall  The Rock Shop
 Sycamore  The Way Station
 Two Boots Brooklyn  Treehouse at 2A
 ZirZamin  ZirZamin

I count 15 closings which were offset by 15 openings.  Most of the closings, 11, were in Manhattan, and the majority of the new venues, 10, are in Brooklyn.  I suspect that there are fewer slots for musicians to play now than in the past, but I’m not sure what the actual drop off is.  This table does not cover New Jersey, so the closing of Maxwell’s in Hoboken and the opening of Monty Hall in Jersey City are not included.  Two venues, Sycamore and ZirZamin both opened and closed over the period in review (Sycamore is still in business, it does not have music anymore).

In all, I think there is a venue migration and a bit of a contraction.  But I don’t think that live music in New York City is poised at the abyss at this time.

Music Video: Willie Nile – Heaven Help the Lonely (From the Last Night at Kenny’s Castaways)

October 4, 2012

Willie Nile and his band held nothing back in their set on Monday night, the last night, at Kenny’s Castaways.  From that set, here is Heaven Help the Lonely, caught on video by Val Barber.

Tonight: Kenny’s Castaways Closes with Willie Nile and The Smithereens

October 1, 2012

Another club bites the dust tonight: Kenny’s Castaways.  The club originally opened 45 years ago on the Upper East Side and moved to its current location on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village sometime during the 1970s.  The original owner, Pat Kenny, died a few years back and his family continued to run the place since then.  But the word is that they no longer were interested in keeping Kenny’s going, and so tonight is the club’s finale.

Playing tonight’s last show will be New York’s own Willie Nile as well as The Smithereens (who hail from just across the river in New Jersey).  Willie is both a gifted-singer songwriter and an explosive rock ‘n’ roller.  His songs run the gamut from anthemic rock to tender piano-based ballads.  He writes from the headlines, from experience and from the heart.  The Smithereens play straight ahead rock with some mid 60s influences.  They originally formed in 19080 and have been active since then.

Willie Nile, The Smithereens, Kenny’s Castaways, 157 Bleecker Street between Sullivan and Thompson Streets (A, B, C, D, E, F or M Trains to West 4th Street), 8pm, No Cover

Advance Planning: October 2012 Music Calendar

September 28, 2012

October is a busy month from what schedules have already been posted.  CMJ comes around in the later part of the month and many, but not all CMJ shows have been trickling out in the past few days.  There’s going to be some more to come, so check back here to see what’s going to be happening.

Oct. 1 – Willie Nile, The SmithereensKenny’s Castaways – 8pm

Oct. 2 – Joe Whyte – Rockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 2 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 2 – James Levy and the Blood Red Rose – Mercury Lounge – show 10pm

Oct. 3 – Elizabeth and the Catapult – Mercury Lounge – 11pm

Oct. 4 – Martin RivasRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 5 – The RaveonettesWebster Hall (Bowery Presents) – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 5 – Bess RogersRockwood Stage 2 – 11:30pm

Oct. 6 – Andi Rae Healy and The Back River Bullies, and Bucky HayesLittlefield – doors 7pm / show 7:30pm

Oct. 6 – Buskin and BatteauFirst Acoustics at First Unitarian Brooklyn – doors – 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 6 – Aaron Lee TasjanRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Oct. 7 – Jeff LittmanThe Living Room – 7pm

Oct. 9 – Hannah GeorgasRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Oct. 9 – Michaela AnneRodeo Bar – 9pm

Oct. 9 – Jimmy Minus Immy (James Maddock solo) – Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 10 – Jim KellerLIC Bar – 7pm

Oct. 10 – Film Screening: The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story (Bruce Springsteen) – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm – Free, but call club or email to confirm reservation

Oct. 10 – Martha Wainwright – Littlefield – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Oct.10 – Alana Amram and The Rough GemsUnion Pool – 10pm

Oct. 11 – Martha WainwrightLe Poisson Rouge – doors 6pm

Oct. 11 – Loser’s Lounge (Songs of Dusty Springfield) – Joe’s Pub – 7pm

Oct. 12 – Loser’s Lounge (Songs of Dusty Springfield) – Joe’s Pub – 7pm and 9:30pm (separate admissions)

Oct. 12 – Ivan and AlyoshaMercury Lounge – 9pm

Oct. 12 – Li’l Mo and The MonicatsSunny’s – 10pm

Oct. 13 – Loser’s Lounge (Songs of Dusty Springfield) – Joe’s Pub – 6:30pm and 9pm (separate admissions)

Oct. 13 – The Lascivious BiddiesRockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Oct. 14 – The Be Good Tanyas and Dan BernKnitting Factory – doors 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 16 – Lisa JaeggiThe Bowery Electric (Map Room) – 5:15pm (CMJ)

Oct. 16 – MancieSullivan Hall – 7:30pm

Oct. 16 – Sydney WayserUnion Hall – 9:15pm (CMJ)

Oct. 17 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Music Hall – 2:30pm (CMJ)

Oct. 17 – Jonatha BrookeRockwood Stage 2 – 7:15pm (CMJ)

Oct. 17 – Old Soul Revival with Robert Gordon, Lenny Kaye, Michelle Casillas and many others – The Bowery Electric (Map Room) – 8pm (CMJ)

Oct. 17 – Eytan & The EmbassySpike Hill – 9:15pm (CMJ)

Oct. 18 – Bess RogersRockwood Music Hall – 9pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Sydney WayserThe Living Room – Show 12 Noon (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Jay StolarR Bar– 8pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Sydney WayserThe Living Room – 8:30pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Julia HaltiganRockwood Music Hall – 10pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Sydney WayserZirZamin – 11pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 11pm (CMJ)

Oct. 19 – Nick Africano – The Rock Shop – 11pm (CMJ)

Oct. 20 – Jay StolarRockwood Music Hall – 6pm (CMJ)

Oct. 20 – Eytan & The EmbassyThe Studio at Webster Hall – 8pm (CMJ)

Oct. 20 – The Figgs – The Rock Shop – show 7pm (CMJ)

Oct. 20 –Kendra MorrisRockwood Stage 2 – Midnight (CMJ)

Oct. 21 – Joseph Arthur: Where Is My Van Benefit Show with Peter Buck – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Oct. 21 – James MaddockIridium – 8pm & 10pm

Oct. 23 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Oct. 23 – Sonya Kitchell, Rockwood Stage 2 – 9pm

Oct. 24 – Ana EggeRockwood Music Hall – 8pm

Oct. 24 – Petty Fest NYC 2012 – A Night To Celebrate Tom Petty Featuring The Cabin Down Below Band with Karen Elson, Justin Townes Earle, Father John Misty, Adam Green, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. of Mooney Suzuki, Cory Chisel and Adriel Danea, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Ryan Miller of Guster, Har Mar Superstar, Devendra Banhart, Johnny T, Matt Sweeney, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Justin Long, Petter Starkee of Alberta Cross, Caveman and many many more surprise guests – Webster Hall – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Oct. 25 – Jeremiah Birnbaum (Record Release show) – Living Room – 10pm

Oct. 26 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Oct. 27 – Jill SobuleMaxwell’s – 7:30pm

Oct. 27 – Red MollyFirst Acoustics at First Unitarian Brooklyn – doors – 7pm / show 8pm

Oct. 27 – Los DudesDing Dong Lounge – 9pm

Oct. 27 – Spanking CharleneDing Dong Lounge – 10:30pm

Oct. 27 – (is) boy – Rockwood Stage 2 – 12:30am

Oct. 31 – Aimee Mann (Ted Leo solo opens) – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 7:30/ show 8:30 (Bowery Ballroom and MHOW tickets honored)

Canceled due to storm aftermath! Oct. 31 – Full VinylRockwood Stage 2 – 1 0:30pm

November and Beyond

Nov. 1 – Jodi Shaw (full band show) – Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 4 – Gary Louris – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 6 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9-11pm

Nov. 7 – MancieThe Rock Shop – show 8pm

Nov. 8 – Fountains of WayneThe Bell House – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Nov. 9 – An Evening With Eli “Paperboy” Reed and Roscoe RobinsonRockwood Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 9 – Spottiswoode and His EnemiesTribeca Performing Arts Center – 8pm

Nov. 13 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9-11pm

Nov. 14 – Adventures Of A Waterboy Mike Scott will read from his new book and play an acoustic set with Steve Wickham – Rockwood Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 16 – John Wesley Harding‘s Cabinet of Wonders with Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart – City Winery – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Nov. 19 – Adventures Of A Waterboy Mike Scott will read from his new book and play an acoustic set with Steve Wickham (limited seating available) – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 7:30pm / show 8:30pm

Nov. 20 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9-11pm

Nov. 27 – Freddie StevensonRockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 29 – Lydia LovelessThe Studio at Webster Hall – doors 7pm / show 7:30pm

Dec. 1 – Wreckless Eric and Amy RigbyMaxwell’s – Time TBD

Dec. 6 – Clap Your Hands Say YeahBrooklyn Bowl – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Dec. 7 – Elliott Murphy and The Normandy All-StarsRockwood Stage 2 – 7:30pm

Dec. 11 – Jeremiah Birnbaum (as part of John Platt’s On Your Radar) – Living Room – 7pm

Dec. 29 – They Might Be Giants – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 30 – They Might Be Giants – Music Hall of Williamsburg – doors 8pm / show 9pm

Dec. 31 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Jan. 18 – Garland JeffreysHighline Ballroom – doors 6pm / show 8pm

Advance Planning: November Music Calendar

October 27, 2010

It’s nearly November so it’s time to take a look at the month ahead.  And don’t just look once; I do update this calendar often, and any updates are marked.

There’s a lot going on in November.  Things start to get sketchy around Thanksgiving, but I’m sure we’ll get more details  shortly.

Nov. 1 – Sasha DobsonRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8:30pm

Nov. 1- Jonathan RichmanBowery Ballroom – 9pm

Nov. 2- Jonathan RichmanThe Bell House – Doors 8pm

Nov. 2 – Jim Lauderdale & Carrie RodriguezCity Winery – 9pm

Nov. 3 – Melody Kills (New Leslie Mendelson Project) – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9pm

Nov. 4 – Teddy ThompsonRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 8pm

Nov. 4 – Madison Square GardenersJohn Varvatos Store – 8pm

Nov. 4 – Jim KellerLakeside Lounge – 9pm

Nov. 5 – DawesWebster Hall – Doors 6pm*

Nov. 5 – Charlie FayeThe Living Room – 8pm

Nov. 5 – Milton (with Frank Campbell on piano)- The Turning Point – 9pm

Nov. 5 – Hey MamaRockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 5 – Mike ViolaJoe’s Pub – 11:30pm

Nov. 6 – Laura CantrellBrooklyn Museum – 6pm*

Nov. 6 – My Pet DragonCameo– 10pm

Nov. 7 – Bloodshot Records Fall Pageant (with The Bottle Rockets, Graham Parker, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Cordero, Lydia Loveless, and special Guests to be announced)- The Bell House – Doors 5:30pm / Show 6:30pm

Nov. 7 – Film: Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)Highline Ballroom – Doors 7pm /Show 8pm

Nov. 8 – Nick AfricanoThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 9 – On Your Radar hosted by WFUV’s John Platt with The Maura Kennedy Band, Avi Wisnia, and K.C. CliffordThe Living Room – 7-9pm*

Nov. 9 – Willie NileJoe’s Pub – 7pm

Nov. 10 – Chuck Prophet, Stephanie FinchUnion Hall – 8pm

Nov. 10 – Emily ZuzikThe Rockwood Music Hall – 9pm

Nov. 11 – Chuck Prophet, Stephanie FinchThe Bowery Electric – 8pm

Nov. 11- When Giants Walked The Earth: A Musical Memior By Andy Shernoff (Dictators), Paul CollinsUnion Hall – 8pm

Nov. 11 – Sister Sparrow and the Dirty BirdsSullivan Hall – 8pm*

Nov. 12 – Wreckless Eric and Amy RigbyThe Bowery Electric – 7:30pm

Nov. 13 – Jon Graboff’s Pedal Steel Guitar World of DiscoveryRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7pm

Nov. 13 – Richard BaroneMaxwell’s (Hoboken) – 7:30pm*

Nov. 13 – The Grip WeedsKenny’s Castaways – 9:45pm*

Nov. 14 – Charlie FayePete’s Candy Store – 10:30pm

Nov. 16 – The MastersonsThe Living Room – 8pm*

Nov. 17 – Girlyman, Red MollyCity Winery – Doors 5pm / Show 8pm

Nov. 17 – Misty BoyceThe Living Room – 10pm†

Nov. 18 – Charlie FayeThe Rockwood Music Hall – 7pm

Nov. 18 – Jon Langford and Skull OrchestraThe Bell House – Doors 8pm

Nov. 18 – 4th Annual George Harrison Tribute – Banjo Jim’s – 8pm†

Nov. 19 – Chip Taylor & Carrie RodriguezThe Living Room – 7-10pm†

Nov. 20 – Chip Taylor & Carrie RodriguezThe Living Room – 8-10pm*

Nov. 20 – Harper Blynn (opening for Greg Laswell) – Highline Ballroom – Doors 6pm /Show 7pm

Nov. 20 – My Pet DragonThe Rockwood Music Hall – 11pm

Nov. 20 – Spanking Charlene (Charlene’s Birthday Show) – Lakeside Lounge – 10:30pm†

Nov. 21 – Charlie FayeKnitting Factory – 8pm†

Nov. 24 – My Pet DragonRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 9:30pm†

Nov. 24 – Will Sexton, The MastersonsThe Bowery Electric – 10:30pm†

Nov. 27 – Amy CorreiaRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7:30pm*

Nov. 27- Christine Ohlman92Y Tribeca – doors 8pm /show 9pm§

Nov. 27 – Danny KalbJalopy – 8:30pm§

Nov. 28 – Deidre Rodman Invitational with Joy Askew, Misty Boyce, Lee Feldman, Rob Jost , Matt Singer, Lee Ann Westover and others – Zora Art Space – 5-7pm†

Nov. 28 – Serena JeanRockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – 7pm§

Nov. 28 – Adam Levy and The Mint ImperialsThe Rockwood Music Hall – 10pm

Nov. 29 – George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” 40th Anniversary – The Bell House – 8pm†

Nov. 30 – Dayna KurtzThe Living Room – 9pm†

*Updated Oct. 27 – Nov.5

†Updated Nov. 15-20

§Updated Nov. 24, 27

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