Rocking Out at Rockwood Music Hall

Rocking Out at Rockwood Music Hall

Sure, there’s a lot to be said for catching a concert at larger-than-life venues such as Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden, but keep in mind that there are plenty of intimate concert halls in NYC—several located on the Lower East Side—that play host to under-the-radar musicians as well as popular artists.

One such place is Rockwood Music Hall.

I recently visited Stage 2 of the downtown space to see Black Violin—a talented duo of classically trained hip-hop violinists. The energetic pair definitely gets around, having performed at President Obama's second inauguration, as well as the Billboard Music Awards with Alicia Keys and on stage with everyone from Wu-Tang to 50 Cent to Tom Petty.  

I had a prime viewing spot in the space—standing a mere two feet from the stage—and listened to Kev Marcus and Wil B rock out, playing everything from classical favorites with a twist, to their own creations and popular songs of today. Other concertgoers bopped to the beat around me, as well as in the back area near the bar, and in the mezzanine. Be on the look out for the release of Black Violin’s major label debut Stereotypes.

Most concerts at Rockwood Music Hall are free unless otherwise stated. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.


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