Music is one of the biggest things in New York City, as a rule. Consequently, historic music venues in the Big Apple, large and small, have become legendary destinations in the music world. In the fist case, because of the amount of professional musicians in the area. Next, because of the famous careers made here.
There age old favorites like Blue Note and Radio City Music Hall. However, there are always lots of new spaces offering great stages for many genres.
With that being said, we here at Rivington obviously appreciate music venues. Keeping this in mind, we compiled a list of five recently-opened music venues. Every musician, professional and otherwise, should know about these great new spots.
Sporting an industrial, factory-like feel, Brooklyn Steel is quickly becoming one of the best medium-sized venues around. Opened last year, tons of big-name artists have played here. Ween just played and you can expect to catch Kimbra, Sleigh Bells, Jawbreaker, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards in the coming months.
Managed by Bowery Presents, Brooklyn Steel came to be in April of 2017 with a LCD Soundsystem doing five-show runs. For the most part, it’s easy to see why big-name industry leaders are holding shows here at this new 1800 seat venue.
Brooklyn Steel was designed with a major focus on sightline from all points of the space. As a result, seeing a show here you’re less likely to be missing out on the action than other venues. Also, the prices are also reasonable so coming here won’t break the bank.
Opened by the previous owners of Glasslands, Elsewhere sprung up in November 2017. This new 24,000 square foot artspace brings some much-needed energy to the Kent Street area.
An all-inclusive performance and artspace, Elsewhere has tons of great things coming up on the roster. Elsewhere is poised to be
an exciting new Brooklyn venue. Their offings will include everything from comedy, fine arts, musical performances and benefit events.
The venue includes two concert and performance spaces. In addition to, there’s a cafe, usable rooftop and skybridge artspace.In brief, Elsewhere is itself a work of art. What was once an abandoned warehouse is now a truly dynamic, attractive, and revolutionary multi-media venue.
Imagine Bladerunner as an electronic music venue, and you get Jupiter Disco. Opened in 2016, they have become a hot spot for electronic musicand the DJ scene. Furthermore, they supply expertly-crafted mixology artworks.
This venue is on the list because it is, we feel, the city’s most exciting spot for electronic music. Glowing neon lights give Jupiter Disco a very futuristic feel, perfect for the music for which it’s known. On top of that, hey have an array of libations. For instance, beers like a $5 Narragansett to finely crafted boutique cocktails are available.
Public Arts opened June of 2017 by Ian Schrager, the man behind the iconic Studio 54. It has become one of the premier music venues in the city.
Public Arts is located in Schrager’s Public Hotel. It is a multimedia venue with a full suite of video and audio equipment. This gives it equal capacity as a live music and dance venue, for instance. On top of that, the legendary Patti Smith played the opening reception to a packed crowd. The plush atmosphere features a wide array of entertainers and eclectic musical acts. To summarize, the next chapter in a legendary club owner’s career, Public Arts is definitely a sight to behold.
Opened in the last months of 2015, National Sawdust has seen unprecedented success. This artist-run non-profit venue was built quite literally in an old sawdust factory, this venue is the definition of revival.
National Sawdust is driven by the mission to bring a truly eclectic array of performances to Williamsburg. It features everything from avant-garde performances to classical, electronic, and rock groups. Above all, this is a place that really does have everything for everyone.
A non-profit, National Sawdust aims to foster a robust environment for the artist community in New York City. For instance, each year they choose a theme. They then commission composers and musicians to create following that idea. National Sawdust is a breath of fresh air in the music venue scene in New York City. All in all, coming here makes you a supporter of a healthier arts and music scene.