The Bowery Ballroom is the spot to see raw, up-and-coming talent, as well as indie acts, and established yet under the radar musical geniuses’. Skip the inflated Ticketmaster price (it’s general admission), and let your eyes and ears be soothed by raw acoustic, inspired by climactic verse, or rocked with heavy bass lines. This is the local make-or-break venue where many hungry artists vie for a spot to be discovered, and many bands across the country dream of playing.
Booking acts that are solid yet diverse, this ballroom-style venue welcomes household names next month like Solange (playing on 12/11), Blue Scholars (12/13), and Nada Surf (12/14 and 12/15). Small but intimate, this venue has incredible acoustics and good sightlines from just about anywhere in the space.
Oozing with character–much of the 1929 construction still remains with brass rails, iron exterior metalwork, mahogany lined VIP rooms, and the coffer vaulted plaster ceiling over the mezzanine bar. An inside tip: start in the basement bar for pre-show drinks, then wind your way up to the main level for center stage, or steal spots on the third level balcony with yet another bar for easy access. (Bartenders are awesome and very knowledgeable).
If you’re planning to grab a bite prior to the show–the Bowery is located in the heart of the Lower East Side among the unintentionally hip bars, bistros, and lounges that flank a former desolate neighborhood, now breathing just the right mix of grit and glam.
See you at center stage.