The Beatnik generation knows it from the name of a Joan Baez album called Bowery Songs; New Yorkers know it as a neighborhood spot to catch a favorite band from time to time; and the rest of us should probably make a point to stop into it the next time we’re in the city to catch an up-close glimpse of a band we used to love and haven’t heard from in years, or perhaps one that’s up-and-coming on the rock, pop or blues scene.
However it’s viewed, the Bowery Ballroom is a highly-recognized live music hub for fans of many genres, tucked behind an unassuming facade on the Lower East Side.
The intimate, 550-capacity music venue encompasses a building first erected on Delancey Street in 1929, just prior to the stock market crash that, in part, triggered the onset of the Great Depression.
Although the Bowery Ballroom didn’t take over the space until the 1990s, the juxtaposition of classic or modern rock performed live in an Art Deco venue that predates it all the way back to the Hoover presidency is a potent one, steeped in a sense of American history complete with all its culture clashes over the past quartet of generations.
The ballroom’s 2012 schedule includes a sold-out show from the recently-reunited band The Wallflowers fronted by Bob Dylan’s son, Jakob, as well as appearances from The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Japandroids, Bright Light Social Hour, Menomena and 90s icons Soul Asylum.
Shows are generally 18+ (with some exceptions); the average ticket price is $15.
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