As New Yorkers continue to emerge from COVID hibernation, at least five new venues in the region are aimed at attracting music fans. UBS Arena, Nebula, Brooklyn Made, Palladium New York, and Stitch Bar & Blues have performers scheduled now and into the New Year. All sites apply COVID security protocols.
“Made for music, built for hockey” is the slogan of UBS Arena, the new home of the New York Islanders hockey team and the last concert venue in the New York area. Located just across town in Elmont, Long Island, the arena opened on November 20 for the 2021-22 NHL season and will host its first concert on November 28. The arena is a 50/50 partnership between the Islanders and Oak View Group, a recently established live sports and entertainment development company led by former Ticketmaster and Live Nation executive Irving Azoff and former executive of AEG and Maple Leaf Sports Tim Leiweke.
The venue’s website claims it has the best sight lines and more high-end lower-level seating for music than any other similar venue. A state-of-the-art audio system harnesses world-class acoustics to amplify the audio experience at concerts. Apparently even the seats were designed with acoustics in mind, from the padding under the padding to the fabric of the upholstery. The site also has more restrooms per person than any arena in the New York City area, and customers will be able to download an app to gauge bathroom wait times.
For performers, the arena has an entire event-level wing designed for all facets of the tour. Cars drive a few meters from the artists’ green room. For the road crew, eight loading docks and staging areas at the rear of the house can accommodate up to eight semi-trucks for both loading and unloading, as well as two more loading docks on the floor of the event. Up to 24 trucks can be parked inside the arena. Performers and their teams can come and go quickly, saving performers significant savings.
Chicago performed the first concert at the arena as part of a benefit for UBS on November 19. Harry Styles will headline the Arena’s first public concert on November 28. Erich Church, Genesis, Imagine Dragons, Tool, Journey, John Mayer, Los Tigres del Norte and Twenty One Pilots will be making headlines in the coming months. The Weeknd was originally announced as the first musical act, but canceled in order to tour the stadium instead.
With the lease signed in 2019, Nebula was slated to open in September 2020 and eventually opened on November 5, 2021. Richie Romero, a New York nightlife regular, created the 11,000-square-foot multi-level club, located at 135 West 41st Street in the Times Square neighborhood. TCE Presents founder Rob Toma organizes music programming and Erica Maurer, EMRG Media co-founder, coordinates special events.
EDM producers use Nebula’s state-of-the-art d & b audiotechnik audio system to inspire up to 700 guests to dance on the 5,500 square foot floor. Guests also meet on a 2,500 square foot mezzanine and 3,000 square foot lower level with three dedicated private club rooms for private groups, with their own dedicated bathrooms. Six huge video panels on the ceiling move and tilt individually or come together to form a screen covering the entire room.
Although no live music groups are scheduled, Nebula attracts well-known EDM producers. The venue hosted a preview weekend with GORDO (the house music alias of producer / DJ Carnage) on October 22 and Purple Disco Machine on October 23. Zedd and Camelphat also headlined pre-opening events in October, Zhu is performing this week, and Steve Aoki and Gryffin are among the upcoming producers in December.
Charlie Kaim, the owner of the Maracuja bar in Williamsburg. Brooklyn in 2011 bought a former steel plant and warehouse at 428 Troutman Street and spent eight years renovating the property, intending to create an entertainment venue called the Bushwick House of Music. The pandemic struck in 2020 and a dispirited Kaim sold the property for $ 9.4 million to the family of Delta Spirit group member Kelly Winrich.
In July 2020, Anthony Makes stepped down as president of Live Nation New York to form his own independent concert promotion company, Brooklyn Made, working from his home in Park Slope. Makes is committed to producing concerts year round at the United Palace, a 3,300-seat church and former cinema in Washington Heights, Manhattan. Out of town, the company is committed to promoting concerts at the 1,800-seat Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, and the 15,000-seat CMAC / Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center. in Canandaigua, NY.
Makes and Winrich became partners and in 11 months converted the Troutman Street building into a 500-seat concert hall, also known as Brooklyn Made. They installed a million dollar sound system, cutting edge lighting design by Jeremy Roth (Wilco, Nathaniel Rateliff, Mazzy Star) and a rooftop terrace.
The place also has two login operations. Connie’s, a bar and restaurant with a pool table and outdoor courtyard, is open every evening until 4 a.m., whether or not there is a concert. The Standing Room, a café / café with pastries and breakfast opens at 7 a.m. and becomes a cocktail / wine / tapas bar with full cuisine in the afternoon until late evening.
Artists can use four separate green rooms. Above the hall, artists have access to a wraparound loft furnished with furniture valued at $ 100,000 and a vintage jukebox. In milder weather, artists can use a private swimming pool. In winter, the pool will turn into a hot tub.
Brooklyn Made opened on September 30 with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy headlining two sold-out nights. Mainstream artists with an indie bent, including Greg Dulli, Trombone Shorty, Turnover, Steve Earle, the Mountain Goats and Band of Horses, headlined the on-site shows. Independent disruptive groups including Whitney, Spirit of the Beehive, Real Estate, Dehd, Drugdealer, have also made headlines. Upcoming shows include Real Estate, Matisyahu, The Dream Syndicate, Robert De Long, J. Roddy Walston, Moon Hooch, Ryan McMullen, Laura Marling and Guided By Voices. The place also hosts DJ sets on weekends.
Palladium New York
Palladium New York opened in September 2021, where the Astor Plaza Cinema, Nokia Theater, Best Buy Theater and PlayStation Theater were located. The website describes the basement at 1515 Broadway as “a modern, state-of-the-art, versatile place with turnkey capabilities.” This means the venue is available for hire for corporate events, private events, live music concerts, receptions, sit-down dinners, live broadcasts, fashion shows, press events, film screenings and other events. The venue features a large standing orchestra section, a large seating area at the rear of the auditorium, two private mezzanines, and a wraparound lounge with three bars.
Upcoming concerts include the Jingle Jam with Sister Hazel and Phil Vassar, a Lost 80’s Live concert with A Flock of Seagulls, Men without Hats and other acts, Monatik, Felix Calaviere’s Rascals with Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, a Freestyle show Foreplay with TKA, Judy Torres, the Cover Girls and other bands, and the Happy Together Tour 2022 with the Turtles, Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, The Association, The Vogues and The Cowsills.
Stitch Bar & Blues
Stitch at 247 West 37th Street has been open as a bar and restaurant since 2004, but has recently evolved into a music club, Stitch Bar & Blues. The menu includes burgers, wings, ribs, pizza, and other American fare. Beyond the 50-foot oak bar on the ground floor and under a private balcony bar and party space, the stage has recently hosted popular blues locals including the Tangiers Blues Band and the Dark Sky Hustlers. . In the coming weeks, Felix Slim, Crash Combo, Aaron Pollock, Lord Wiffen and Spencer Nachman are among the musical groups that will appear.
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