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Top Three Music Venues in NYC
Like many large cities, the Big Apple has left an indelible mark on music over the years, having produced some of the biggest names in rock, jazz, punk, grunge and more—many of which got their big breaks in some of the city’s most venerable venues.
“I guess the thing I love most about the NYC music scene is that there really is something for everyone,” says Ben Edwards, a professional musician who made the move from across the pond four years ago and currently works as a concierge at SIXTY LES (190 Allen Street, 1.877.460.8888). “It's such a metropolis, encompassing the best of everything, from the Opera to the DIY punk gig in a Bushwick basement. And it's everywhere you go; many of the street and subway musicians here are some of the most talented and entertaining people you'll see. Also, this being New York City, it's pretty much guaranteed that your favorite bands will be making a stop here when they tour.” Below, Edwards recommends his top three music venues in The City That Never Sleeps.
“My No. 1 of the more established venues, the 85-year-old Beacon Theatre is still full of charm,” Edwards says of the Upper West Side space and famed sister to Midtown’s Radio City Music Hall. “A beautifully elegant interior, coupled with great acoustics, make concerts here an unforgettable experience. I can see why The Allman Brothers Band chose this venue to host their annual two-week residency every year for the past 20 years!”
Folks heading to Brooklyn can catch a show in the borough’s hipster enclave Williamsburg at Rough Trade, the London-based namesake record label’s first US record store/live music venue. “So, not only can you see a multitude of great indie bands here, you can also spend hours upon hours sifting through NYC's largest collection of glorious vinyl,” Edwards says.
Also in Williamsburg, concertgoers can bowl while they bop to the beat at the aptly named Brooklyn Bowl—the multitasking performance venue/bar/restaurant/bowling alley. “One of the things I love about Brooklyn Bowl is that you will most likely have a fun night regardless of who is performing,” Edwards says. “The rates for a lane are reasonable, especially if you're chipping in with a group of friends. A great sound system and video screens above the pins ensure you won't miss any of the on-stage action while you bowl. A super tasty bar menu, offering food by Blue Ribbon, is the icing on the cake.”