In my last blog post I talked about a few of my favorite small music venues in the city. Let’s dive back into that list:
Pete’s Candy Store(Williamsburg)
Yes, it really was a candy store at one point. Pete’s Candy store really has a bit of everything. In addition to music, their calendar is packed with everything from open mic nights, quizzo, comedy, a reading series, a poetry series, and…..a spelling bee. Really. They do it all. But the music is what really gets the crowd excited. The performance room is designed to look like a boxcar, and is so tiny that only a few dozen people will fit in at any given time. There is no theme to the musical acts, so if you’re not showing up for a specific band, you’ll always be in for a surprise in terms of genre.
Union Hall (Park Slope)
This gem of a bar/restaurant used to be a warehouse, and is now full of cozy fireside nooks, books, and bocce games. But in addition to all of that, there is the downstairs music venue. Union Halls hosts live music every night, and is also one of those spots that welcomes every genre of music. There will occasionally be a cover, but it will always be worth it. It’s one of the more intimate venues out there, so you can really enjoy the bands’ vibes and emotions during performances.
Bowery Electric(The Village)
This venue isn’t as small as the others, but I’m partial to it because I’ve performed there a few times. There are several differently sized rooms that all provide a slightly different feel. The basement music venue is everything you could hope for from a basement music venue. It’s dark and moody with a fluorescent sign that colors the crowd a pale pinkish-blue. The music area is small, but never feels cramped, and will absolutely fill you with the quintessential “classic rock” feeling.
Rockwood Music Hall(Lower East Side)
Rockwood also errs on the larger side when it comes to venue size, but I’d still classify it as one of the smaller ones. Their acoustics and sound system are fantastic, and they house three small stages within the building. If you’re even remotely familiar with the NYC music scene, you’ve already been there; if you’re not, add Rockwood to your to-do list.