Music Hall of Williamsburg

Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Music Hall in Williamsburg is located on the numerologically ominous 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, between Kent and Wythe Avenues.  It is part of the ‘Bowery Presents’ circle of venues, along with the Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom, and Terminal 5; from noon to seven PM, Monday-Saturday, Mercury Lounge serves as the box office for all four places (Music Hall also does on Saturdays, eleven AM to six PM).  It opened on September 5th, 2007, with Against Me! and Matt & Kim.  Before Bowery Presents took it over and refurbished it, the venue was previously known as Northsix.  Two doors up from Music Hall is the former Public Assembly, and along the same block is Cameo.

The influence of Bowery Presents is obvious, as the set-up of Music Hall is almost a carbon copy of Bowery Ballroom.  While the actual stage floor is located on ground level, Music Hall’s entrance goes downstairs, below the stage floor (though there is a side door to the stage floor), to a large, but low-ceilinged, U-shaped bar (there’s one street-level door that can be used if you get a hand-stamp inside, for smokers, and the larger street-level doors open after the show is finished, to let crowds out).  The downstairs section also contains the coat-check and both bathrooms.  On the other side of the bar, near the street, are the stairs up.

These stairs lead to a foyer area, which contains the merchandise table on house left and the upstairs bar on house right.  However, the foyer is separated from the stage floor by inner doors, unlike Bowery Ballroom.  Also unlike Bowery Ballroom are the sides of the stage floor, which are a few steps up and separated by a railing, with steps at the back and front of the stage floor.  Stairs up to the balcony are through the side door and past the initial entrance, and on the house left side of the foyer (next to the side street-level door).  In size, Music Hall is perhaps slightly larger than Bowery Ballroom, with more walls; larger than most small, bar venues located in Brooklyn, but smaller than the larger indie-rock venues located around the city, such as Bowery Presents’ Terminal 5 or (previously used) Webster Hall.

Thanks to its mid-level size and Bowery Presents hook, Music Hall has a ‘just right’ fit with its headliners – bands accomplished enough to make the concert an ‘event’, but size small enough that you don’t have to fight to the front or get pressed in the center for a good view.  It usually gets bands slightly bigger than at Bowery Ballroom – a band that tours more than once on a record might play Bowery on their first trip to New York, then Music Hall on their second.  But other times, bands play two dates in one visit – a Manhattan date and a Brooklyn one, and the Manhattan locale can vary from Mercury Lounge to Terminal 5.  The place is large enough that there are usually two headliners (especially on Friday and Saturday nights) – the first usually starts an hour after doors open, with the main act usually going on at 11 P.M.  Along with Bowery Ballroom, Music Hall in Williamsburg is perfect place to catch a band right before they get so big the tickets and beers are too expensive, or a working-class, ‘never blew up, but still consistently delivering’ indie-staples.

 

Capacity: 550

 

Address:

66 North 6th Street (Between Kent and Wythe Avenues)

By Subway:

L train to Bedford Avenue – walk one block south on Bedford, two blocks west on South side of North 6th Street

 

QRO Coverage:

-White Lies, February 2nd, 2017 – live review, photos

-We Are Scientists, January 12th, 2017 – live review, photos

-Parson James, with Fletcher, December 9th, 2016 – Parson James photos, Fletcher photos

-Metric, November 29th, 2016 – live review, photos

-Caveman, with Cheerleader and Total Slacker, October 20th, 2016 – Caveman photos, Cheerleader photos, Total Slacker photos

-Ash, October 6th, 2016 – photos

-Gallant, August 30th, 2016 – photos

-Broken Social Scene, July 21st, 2016 – live review, photos

-Bat For Lashes, June 2nd, 2016 – photos

-The Kills, May 17th, 2016 – live review, photos

-Rogue Wave, with Hey Marseilles, May 14th, 2016 – Rogue Wave photos, Hey Marseilles photos

-Chairlift, April 10th, 2016 – photos

-Young Fathers, April 2nd, 2016 – photos

-Oh Wonder, with POP ETC., January 29th, 2016 – Oh Wonder photos, POP ETC. photos

-!!!, November 17th, 2015 – photos

-Natalie Prass, with Loamlands, November 10th, 2015 – Natalie Prass photos, Loamlands photos

-HINDS, with Public Access T.V., October 27th, 2015 – HINDS photos, Public Access T.V. photos

-Tove Lo, June 15th, 2015 – photos

-Refused, June 4th, 2015 – photos

-Ride, June 1st, 2015 – photos

-Turbo Fruits, May 11th, 2015 – photos

-RX Bandits, with A Great Big Pile of Leaves, April 13th, 2015 – RX Bandits photos, A Great Pile of Leaves photos

-Young Fathers, April 10th, 2015 – photos

-Benjamin Booker, April 3rd, 2015 – photos

-A Place To Bury Strangers, with Grooms, February 17th, 2015 – A Place To Bury Strangers photos, Grooms photos

-Brooke Fraser, with Dark Waves, February 13th, 2015 – Brooke Fraser photos, Dark Waves photos

-Kimbra, November 3rd, 2014 – photos

-Ben Howard, October 29th, 2014 – photos

-The Afghan Whigs (with special guest Usher), with Joseph Arthur, October 4th, 2014 – The Afghan Whigs photos, Joseph Arthur photos

-The Strypes, with The Skins, August 23rd, 2014 – The Strypes photos, The Skins photos

-Dinosaur Jr., with Screaming Females and Creepoid, May 28th, 2014 – Dinosaur Jr. live review, Dinosaur Jr. photos, Screaming Females photos, Creepoid photos

-The Faint, with Suuns, May 14th, 2014 – The Faint photos, Suuns photos

-Danny Brown, April 8th, 2014 – photos

-Bear Hands, with Miniature Tigers, February 26th, 2014 – Bear Hands photos, Miniature Tigers photos

-Kaiser Chiefs, with Honduras, February 19th, 2014 – Kaiser Chiefs live review, Kaiser Chiefs photos, Honduras photos

-Man Man, February 2nd, 2014 – live review, photos

-Danny Brown, with Superchunk, Charli XCX, and Hannibal Buress, December 10th, 2013 (SPIN ‘Year In Music’ Party) – live review, Danny Brown photos, Superchunk photos, Charli XCX photos, Hannibal Buress photos

-Rubblebucket, November 21st, 2013 – live review, photos

-The Julie Ruin, with Priest, October 25th, 2013 – The Julie Ruin photos, Priest photos

-Glasser, October 15th, 2013 (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, photos

-Biffy Clyro, October 9th, 2013 – photos

-Sirah, October 25th, 2013 – photos

-Julia Holter, September 24th, 2013 – photos

-of Montreal, with Wild Moccasins, May 22nd, 2013 – of Montreal photos, Wild Moccasins photos

-The Joy Formidable, with Blood Red Shoes, April 17th, 2013 – The Joy Formidable live review, The Joy Formidable photos, Blood Red Shoes photos

-Kate Nash, March 28th, 2013 – photos

-Shout Out Louds, March 11th, 2013 – live review, photos

-Stars, with Milo Green, March 8th, 2013 – Stars photos, Milo Greene photos

-The Maccabees, with Reputante and Gambles, February 16th, 2013 – The Maccabees photos, Reputante photos, Gambles photos

-Ra Ra Riot, with Savoir Adore, January 22nd, 2013 – Ra Ra Riot photos, Savoir Adore photos

-They Might Be Giants, December 30th, 2012 – photos

-!!!, with Sinkane and Yellow Dog, December 13th, 2012 – !!! photos, Sinkane photos, Yellow Dog photos

-St. Lucia, December 8th, 2012 – photos

-Dan Deacon, November 14th, 2012 – photos

-First Aid Kit, with Dylan LeBlanc, September 30th, 2012 – First Aid Kit photos, Dylan LeBlanc photos

-Purity Ring, with Evian Christ, September 22nd, 2012 – Purity Ring photos, Evian Christ photos

-Wye Oak, with Callers, September 20th, 2012 – Wye Oak photos, Callers photos

-White Rabbits, with We Barbarians, June 30th, 2012 – White Rabbits photos, We Barbarians photos

-Metric, June 13th, 2012 (special fans-only show) – live review

-Crystal Fighters, with Is Tropical, May 23rd, 2012 – live review, Crystal Fighters photos, Is Tropical photos

-The Gaslight Anthem, May 16th, 2012 – live review, photos

-Bad Brains, with GZA, April 17th, 2012 – Bad Brains photos, GZA photos

-Skaters, April 13th, 2012 – photos

-The Temper Trap, March 29th, 2012 – photos

-Saul Williams, February 17th, 2012 – live review, photos

-Anthony Raneri, with Matt Pryor, Chris Conley, and Ace Enders, January 21st, 2012 (Where’s the Band tour) – Anthony Raneri photos, Matt Pryor photos, Chris Conley photos, Ace Enders photos

-Chain & The Gang, with 5 Dollar Priest, Dorit Chrysler & Theremin, Shilpa Ray, Eleanor Friedberger, JG Thirwell, Two Tears, An American Dream, Nicole Atkins, and Mick Collins, January 12th, 2012 (Jonathan Toubin benefit) – Chain & The Gang photos, 5 Dollar Priest photos, Dorit Chrysler & Theremin photos, Shilpa Ray photos, Eleanor Friedberger photos, JG Thirwell photos, Two Tears photos, An American Dream photos, Nicole Atkins photos, Mick Collins photos

-Bear Hands, with Deleted Scenes and Fort Lean, December 16th, 2011 – Bear Hands photos, Deleted Scenes photos, Fort Lean photos

-The Weakerthans, with Rah Rah, December 9th, 2011 – live review

-Los Campesinos!, November 17th, 2011 – photos

-Pomplamoose, with Christina Courtin, June 24th, 2011 – Pomplamoose photos, Christina Courtin photos

-Japanther, with Shellshag and Heavy Cream, June 14th, 2011 – Japanther photos, Shellshag photos, Heavy Cream photos

-tUnE-yArDs, with Buke & Gass and Afuche, May 21st, 2011 – tUnE-yArDs photos, Buke & Gass photos, Afuche photos

-Cults, with Oberhofer and Puro Instinct, April 28th, 2011 – Cults photos, Oberhofer photos, Puro Instinct photos

-The Boxer Rebellion, with We Are Augustines, April 15th, 2011 – The Boxer Rebellion live review, The Boxer Rebellion photos, We Are Augustines photos

-Wire, with Weekend, April 5th, 2011 – Wire photos, Weekend photos

-British Sea Power, March 22nd, 2011 – photos

-Los Campesinos!, October 15th, 2010 – live review, photos

-We Are Scientists, with Lightspeed Champion, July 17th, 2010 (Siren Music Festival after-party) – Siren coverage, We Are Scientists photos, Lightspeed Champion photos

-The Fresh & Onlys, June 25th, 2010 (Northside) – Northside coverage, The Fresh & Onlys photos

-These United States, June 24th, 2010 (Northside) – Northside coverage, These United States photos

-The Futureheads, with Hooray For Earth, June 1st, 2010 – The Futureheads live review, The Futureheads photos, Hooray For Earth photos

-Broken Social Scene, with Zeus, May 8th, 2010 – Broken Social Scene photos, Zeus photos

-Caribou, May 7th, 2010 – photos

-Shout Out Louds, with Freelance Whales, March 1st, 2010 – Shout Out Louds live review, Shout Out Louds photos, Freelance Whales photos

-Hot Chip, February 6th, 2010 – photos

-Dinosaur Jr., with Kurt Vile, January 17th, 2010 – Dinosaur Jr. live review, Dinosaur Jr. photos, Kurt Vile photos

-Sonic Youth, November 24th & 25th, with Jemina Pearl (on the 25th), 2009 – Sonic Youth live review from both nights, Sonic Youth Night One photos, Sonic Youth Night Two photos, Jemina Pearl photos

-Devendra Banhart, November 23rd, 2009 – photos

-The Dodos, with The Ruby Suns, October 13th, 2009 – The Dodos photos, The Ruby Suns photos

-Freshkills, September 19th, 2009 – live review, photos

-Au Revoir Simone, with The Antlers, May 29th, 2009 – Au Revoir Simone live review, Au Revoir Simone photos, The Antlers photos

-The Vaselines, May 18th, 2009 – live review, photos

-The Thermals, with The Shaky Hands, May 11th, 2009 – The Thermals photos, The Shaky Hands photos

-Black Kids, with Mates of State, April 5th, 2009 – Black Kids photos, Mates of State photos

-Harlem Shakes, March 26th, 2009 – live review, photos

-The Ting Tings, March 15th, 2009 – photos

-Matt & Kim, with Spank Rock, Rude Mechanical Orchestra and Ninjasonik, January 22nd, 2009 – Matt & Kim photos, Spank Rock photos, Rude Mechanical Orchestra photos, Ninjasonik photos

-Constantines, with Tim Fite, December 7th, 2008 – Constantines live review, Constantines photos, Tim Fite photos

-A Place To Bury Strangers, with The Ruby Suns and Crystal Antlers, October 25th, 2008 (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, A Place To Bury Strangers photos, The Ruby Suns photos, Crystal Antlers photos

-Les Savy Fav, with Bear Hands and Phil & The Osophers, October 12th, 2008 – Les Savy Fav photos, Bear Hands photos, Phil & The Osophers photos

-The Kills, October 3rd, 2008 – photos

-Denali, with The Forms, September 26th, 2008 – The Forms live review, Denali photos, The Forms photos

-The Stills, September 18th, 2008 – photos

-Margot & The Nuclear So-and-So’s, with Dirty On Purpose and Audrye Sessions, August 10th, 2008 – Margot & The Nuclear So-and-So’s photos, Dirty On Purpose photos, Audrye Sessions photos

-Japanther, with Ninjasonik, July 11th, 2008 – Japanther photos, Ninjasonik photos

-Watson Twins, with Tim Fite, July 10th, 2008 – Watson Twins photos, Tim Fite photos

-White Rabbits, with The Subjects and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, June 7th, 2008 – White Rabbits photos, The Subjects photos, Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson photos

-Bishop Allen, with The War On Drugs, May 16th, 2008 – Bishop Allen photos, The War On Drugs photos

-British Sea Power, with The Rosebuds and Jeffery Lewis, May 11th, 2008 – British Sea Power live review, British Sea Power photos, The Rosebuds photos, Jeffery Lewis photos

-Weakerthans, with A.A. Bondy and Christine Fellows, April 11th, 2008 – Weakerthans photos, A.A. Bondy photos, Christine Fellows photos

-St. Vincent, with Foreign Born, February 28th, 2008 – St. Vincent live review, St. Vincent photos, Foreign Born photos

-Pela, February 27th, 2008 – live review, photos

-Atlas Sound, February 24th, 2008 – live review, photos

-Mission of Burma, January 19th, 2008 – live review, photos

-The Rosebuds, with Tigercity and The Loners, January 18th, 2008 – The Rosebuds live review, The Rosebuds photos, Tigercity photos, The Loners photos

-Shout Out Louds, with Essex Green and Johnossi, October 26th, 2007 – Shout Out Louds photos, Essex Green photos, Johnossi photos

-Matt & Kim, with Flosstradamus, The Hood Internet and Art Goblins, October 20th, 2007 (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, Matt & Kim photos, Flosstradamus photos, The Hood Internet photos, Art Goblins photos

-The National, with The Forms, October 12th, 2007 – The National live review, The National photos, The Forms photos

-The Twilight Sad, September 30th, 2007 – live review, photos

-The Walkmen, with The Subjects, September 14th, 2007 – The Subjects live review, The Walkmen photos, The Subjects photos

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