Sunday, July 19, 2009

I've been off the scene- here's some info on the various venues I'm booking- let me know if you wanna gig somewhere: Mike
Venues where I book musical acts:

VILLAGE UNDERGROUND: Booking on-demand at this historic and upscale venue,with first preference going to bands we've successfully booked on othershowcases.We can book any Tuesday, Wednesday, or weekend date.. Acts must be drawing50+ in Manhattan, without exception.Dates that have open slots include:7/318/28Please inquire about any possible dates outside of these.
TRASH BAR: This Williamsburg Brooklyn venue has nightly and weekly drinkspecials. Capacity 150.Draw 30+ in Brooklyn.Based on our prior history with the venue, we had been granted a Tuesdaylast time we were offered a showcase..which we have not agreed to. If youhave interest in performing at this predominantly rock venue for anearly-week gig, please let me know.
FAT BABY: Multi-level bar/lounge in Lower East Side. Our debut showcase isthis Friday, 7/16...and we have more upcoming....this is a versatile venuefor rock and related acts.Open date:8/14Manhattan draw: 25+
KNITTING FACTORY is set to reopen in August in the Williamsburg section of specs on the new location at this moment.
SOUTHPAW is a 5k square foot venue in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn.Large stage, versatile to handle bands of varying genres and expressions.Capacity 500. Age 18+. Brooklyn draw 50+, without exception. Please inquire.
FONTANA'S:Rock-oriented venue in Chinatown/Lower East Side. 3 levels ...2 bars on mainfloor, performance area downstairs.Manhattan draw: 25+Open dates:8/1810/8
SANTOS' PARTY HOUSE: This is a 2-level, 8k square foot music venuestraddling Chinatown & Tribeca...functioning as a concert hall, dance club,and lounge.9/11 is our debut there...tho we are booking that entirely with our topclients only. We will consider others.....draw should be very strong inManhattan.
CAFE NOTTE is an upscale Upper East Side venue...Internet cafe by day, winebar by night, enviro-friendly. Last I've heard, we might need to supply asound system...which is the only obstacle to our booking here.
EUROPA is a Greenpoint Brooklyn venue. In the larger room, there is spacefor bands of varying genres. Draw here should be 50+ in Brooklyn. We havenot set up a debut here yet. Interested? Let me know.
CRUISES: Yes, we still have the possibility of booking a cruise along NYHarbor for the summer....available to top clients or those with large NYCdraw. Please inquire for details.**************************
PAYMENT: We pay on the same night you play. You must adhere to the paymentterms outlined at confirmation. All of our events are $10 unless specifiedotherwise.
On Long Island we have these:Mr. Beery's (Bethpage)...caters to college and post-college audience.Unpolished...always has good local rock. Capacity 130. All genresrepresented but rock predominant.LI draw 20 +Open slot on 9/12University Cafe (Stony Brook) the University of Stony theirgrad student lounge.LI draw: 30+No dates at this time...please inquire.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hey what's up? Last night I checked out The Sidewalk Cafe on 6th St. and Ave A.- home of
The Fort and the NYC AntiFolk scene. The club is always no cover and the open mic on MONs-
The Anti-Hoot runs til the wee hours. I am one of the pioneer artists of the Anti-Folk movement myself and once in awhile I like to go there to see what's happening. There's a whole new generation of acts and it's become very multi-culti. It's not just Anti-Folk anymore.

We had dinner in the restaurant in the front room. The mushroom ravoli was delish! I ran into the man who started it all over there- one of my fellow AntiFolk pioneers- Lach. I play lot folk, folk-rock and Anti-Folk myself but Lach is 100% AntiFolk. He helped put the musical style on the map. He no longer books and works in there but he made that club happen and usta book Beck for free beer at Chameleon back in the day. He had just played a gig in The Delancey- another cool room on the LES. The music is the back ran the gamut from AntiFolk to various more mellow but fairly high caliber songwriters. Lotta good talent out there. I plan to start hanging there more and scouting songwriters to book at Gizzi's Coffee. -Mike

Monday, July 13, 2009

This week- we have our first show at Fat Baby on the LES FRI nite- three acts starting at 8pm:
FAT BABY on Rivington Street - Lower East Side- FRI 7/17:
8pm: Lindsay Ellyn - a talented songstress doing a B-Day gig
and two bands"
9pm: he Waldon Pond Band
10pm: The Barrens - hot local alt rock group!
Come down and support the show so we can book more events in the venue.
Bands who can draw 25 plus- contact me at - my booking
email. I have another date there open and booking now on 8/14. On 8/18 I am looking for acts for another LES venue- Fontanas- (25-30 draw needed) and I have 7pm, 10pm and 11pm open now in the Village Underground in the west village. All these shows are $10 cover. Songwriters who wanna play play lowkey no cover tipjar pay gigs I have slots in AUG open now at
Gizzi's Coffee on W. 8th St NYC- songwriters, bands- all acts with followings- contact me and book now!!!!!!!!!!!!- Michael McHugh

Welcome to New Century Music Scene

Hi- I'm Michael McHugh. Welcome to my new blog about what's left of the music scene in Manhattan. I'm booking acts in hot venues and will be out checking out shows and let you what's happenin' out there on the downtown NYC "music scene.

You will be on top of the music scene with this cool new blog. I will actually leave my home- and shutdown the computer for short periods to go check out the scene and let you know what's going on. You'll hear about hot upcoming gigs and I'm keep you informed about talented new acts breaking out on the NYC music scene.!