Rock Out at Historic Webster Hall

Rock Out at Historic Webster Hall

In my late teens and early 20s as a student at the University of Missouri, I went to plenty of concerts housed in Columbia, MO’s many laid-back concert halls—chill venues that served as the perfect settings for cool bands that rolled through town on national tours. When I moved to NYC I was super excited to see even more world-famous acts that, of course, would grace the stages of NYC’s venerable venues.

Within a few weeks after my move to New York almost a decade ago, I jumped feet first into the Big Apple’s music scene with a stop at Webster Hall. I went to rock out to the Downtempo group Zero 7—who, at the time, was joined by a soulful, bubbly blonde from New Zealand who, years later, would receive mainstream recognition thanks to the likes of MTV and a persona she adopted long after I saw her jump around the East Village venue’s stage. You probably know her best by the name Sia. 

Over the years, the venue—a designated NYC landmark that opened in 1886—has played host to everyone from under-the-radar artists—who, like Sia would later find mainstream success, to larger-than-life legends (think Tito Puente and Tina Turner to Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and everyone in between). Legend has it acclaimed folk singer Bob Dylan even made his recording debut in the space way back in 1962.

Long before the swinging ‘60s, Webster Hall served as the site for labor union rallies in the late 19th century, masquerade balls in the early 20th century and anything else over its 100-year-plus existence that would draw a crowd. Today, folks can head to the venue to rock out to an eclectic mix of artists and musical acts—with Odd Future’s Mike G and Left Brain, Ska band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, indie pop duo The Bird and the Bee, alt rock’s Veruca Salt and more giving it their all on the venue’s three stages (the Grand Ballroom, the Marlin Room, and The Studio) this month alone.

Webster Hall also boasts a nightclub, where partygoers can dance the night away during the venue’s hip hop House Party on Thursdays; Girls + Boys night on Fridays, featuring cutting-edge dance music; Brite Nites, a shout out to dance music culture on Saturdays; and more.

For the deets on the above events—plus more about musical acts and parties headed to Webster Hall, click here.

 

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