Todd P has been noticeably quiet for a while, but it turns out that it’s because he’s had his hands pretty full. His recent holiday post included updates on 2013′s Festival NRMAL and Otras Obras, a new gallery space in Tijuana, in addition to status checks on 285 Kent, Showpaper and Stanhope Cellar Studios.
Of keen relevance to this humble events-listing website is his words of assurance with regard to the re-opening of Market Hotel and his announcement of another “new music space” in Bushwick. Miles of bureaucratic red tape seem to be what separates us from the presumed awesomeness of these two legal spaces, but it appears there is some sort of end in sight. While he doesn’t offer anything in the way of a timeline or opening dates, we’re excited as hell.
Read it all in Todd’s words, after the jump.
MARKET HOTEL PROJECT – a project to reopen a long-shuttered, beloved concert space / art space
Construction has finally commenced! Opening date tbd. Nearly 2 1/2 years ago Market Hotel closed as an underground event space. A decision was made to fight to reopen this unique place and to relaunch with our legal ducks in order – but also to turn down commercial investors and instead make it work as a not-for-profit dedicated to the community (without using crowd sourcing). It has not been easy, nor glamorous, but after much struggle the project finally found its necessary funding roughly a year ago, and has spent the last 12 months navigating the permitting process to reopen with proper alcohol license, occupancy permit, permit for “assembly,” and other necessary paperwork. These things are not yet in hand, but our legal and financial pathway is finally in sight to begin construction to satisfy the requirements to get to those goals. Some may be surprised to hear that this project is alive – but rest assured: nearly every day we are working behind the scenes to make the reopening of Market Hotel a reality. This space will re-open not as some temple of “indie” whatever, but as a space dedicated to bringing the privileged concepts of all ages access and affordable tickets to many music genres. **ACTUALLY HAPPENING** seriously! Stay tuned.
Read this (older) article from the Brooklyn Rail for some background on the project.
AN AS-YET-TO-BE-NAMED “NEW MUSIC” PERFORMANCE SPACE + BAR IN THE BUSHWICK AREA
I have a new lease on a familiar space off the L train, with legal certificate-of-occupancy and other paperwork baked into the deal, at no cost to the space. This space will open as an all ages music venue for “new music” (aka noise, avant composition, deconstructed rock, etc) – with an onsite (licensed) bar for the grown ups. Doubles as a neighborhood bar on nights without performances, and a gallery. Separate gallery space within, to open at a later date.