Join Soundcheck as we revisit some of the great nightclubs and concerts halls in New York music history. We’ll talk with patrons, club owners, and musicians about the rise (and fall) of hotspots like Max’s Kansas City, the Bottom Line, Gerdes Folk City, the Village Gate and the old Metropolitan Opera Building. And, we want to hear from listeners, too.
From 1971-1987, the Long Island village of Roslyn was the home to a popular music venue called My Father’s Place. Housed in a former bowling alley, the club at 19 Bryant Ave hosted acts diverse as The Police, Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, Mighty Diamonds and Joan Jett. Joining us for a look back at this Long Island musical hotspot is WLIR and WRCN radio personality Denis McNamara and My Father’s Place house photographer Steve Rosenfield. Plus, we chat with the club's founder, Michael "Eppy" Epstein.
Vanished Venues continues with a look at New York’s Latin music heyday. The mid-century mambo craze began at Manhattan’s Palladium Ballroom (not to be confused with the rock club of the same name) – but when it closed in 1966, the party didn’t stop.
Between 1971 and 1985 The Palladium (in its earlier years known as The Academy) hosted a range of acts from The Band to AC/DC to The Clash - whose iconic "London Calling" cover was taken on the East Village venue's stage on September 21, 1979. In later years, the concert hall became a dance club…and then the site of NYU dorms and a Trader Joes. Joining us to tell the story of The Palladium is writer and Trouser Press co-founder, Ira Robbins, and Debbie Harry of new-wave icons Blondie.
Our series on great concert halls and nightclubs from New York music history concludes with a look at the old Metropolitan Opera House, which stood at West 39th Street and Broadway until 1967. Our guests include music writer Patrick J. Smith and Alfred Hubay, who worked at the Metropolitan Opera for 62 years.
Our series on great concert halls and nightclubs from New York music history continues with a look at Gerde's Folk City, a hub for the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s and ‘70s – and the site of Bob Dylan’s first professional gig.
When it opened in 1980 on West 39th Street, Danceteria upped the ante for cultural crosspollination in New York nightlife. Philip Glass, Devo and a rising star named Madonna were just a few of the artists who performed at the club, which moved to a three-floor location at 30 West 21st Street with a dancefloor, video installation room and live performance stage. Jim Fouratt, Danceteria's talent booker, and video artist Kit Fitzgerald join us to talk about the club and its place on the city's scene.
From the mid-1960s to the early '80s, Max's Kansas City was an artists haven that welcomed Andy Warhol, writer William S. Burroughs and musicians like the New York Dolls and Madonna. As part of this week's series on New York's bygone concert halls and nightclubs, we look back at Max's, its legendary back room and its generous bar tabs. We talk with Steven Kasher, gallery owner and editor of the photo book Max’s Kansas City: Art, Glamour, Rock and Roll.
We continue our series on "Vanished Venues" with a look back at the storied rock venue Fillmore East. Although its doors were only open for three years -- from 1968-1971 -- its stage served as the launching pad for many of the era's biggest acts, from The Allman Brothers Band to Jefferson Airplane. Joining us to tell us the short, but influential story of the Fillmore East is writer Robert Greenfield, co-author of "Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out."
Opened in 1974 by Allan Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, The Bottom Line was a cabaret-style venue that catered to fans and music industry honchos alike. We talk with Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli about the club's three-decade run at 15 West Fourth Street in Greenwich Village. And: share your own memory of The Bottom Line.