The Bowery Ballroom’s Swier Heading West

The Bowery's New Branch Coming Soon to Los Angeles

The Bowery’s New Branch Coming Soon to Los Angeles

Michael Swier, founder and owner of the Mercury Lounge, which opened in 1994, and the Bowery Ballroom, 1998, is about to open a new music venue on the west side… of the country!

Yes you heard it right- Swier, a non-apologetic New Yorker, has purchased a 100-year-old former silent film theater on the outskirts of downtown LA and is transforming it into the Teragram, a deluxe modern rock club which can entertain 600 people in one go. Swier’s brother Brian, an architect who helped design the New York clubs, is one of his partners on the LA venture.

Swier also started Bowery Presents, a concert company that for the past ten years has become one of the country’s largest independent promoters. The company has become a major force, not just in New York, but all the way from Maine to New Orleans. According to Pollstar, a trade publication, Bowery Presents sold 1.1 million tickets in 2014.

The LA venture, Teragram, is scheduled to open in March, 2015. The $2 million spent on renovating the old space will make it completive with such venerable Southern California hot spots as the Roxy and the Troubadour.

“I just want it to be the best-sounding room and the best experience for people coming to see the music and for how bands are treated when they get here,” Mr. Swier said. “I want to bring my reputation of how I do that in New York, and I think there is room for a place of this size and this quality in L.A.”

Lauryn Hill Returns After Her Last Engagement: Jail Time

Lauryn HillDon’t let Ms. Hill’s prison time turn you off to her music, after all, it seems no one else is too bothered by three months in jail followed by three months under house arrest. Tickets begin at $106.60 for her two November 27 back-to-back performances at the Bowery Ballroom.

Lauryn Hill was caught not paying her taxes. Even though she was able to pay the $900,000 she owed the IRS at the last moment right after signing a lovely record deal with Sony, she still had to spend 6 months in government custody. Oh, she did not exactly serve the house arrest time yet. She managed to have that postponed so she could arrange her “Homecoming” performances.

The shows will take place at 6:00 PM and 10:30 PM at the Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street.

Bowery Ballroom Hosts “Rhyme Sayer” Wale

In early January Wale performed at the Bowery Ballroom to an enthusiastic crowd, filling the room to almost capacity. DJ Clark Kent spoke to the crowd for a moment before Wale hit the stage.

"Most of y'all listen to Wale's music and you just think 'oh my god, great songs!' The reason why I work with Wale is cause Wale is one of the best rhyme sayers right now," the awesome DJ exclaimed.

"What you need to understand is when I met him ten years ago, he was spitting like that then. So many people missed how good of a lyricist he is that the reason why I did it is that people recognize me for working lyricists I.E. Jay-Z, Biggie, they know me for doing that. So what I wanted to do is work with my little brother so they understood he's a dope lyricist."

Consider Bluegrass This New Year’s

Vanguard Bluegrass Band Punch Brothers

It’s time to start planning where you will be and what you will be doing this coming New Year’s, which is just a little under two weeks away.

Here’s a suggestion: The Punch Brothers will be performing at the Bowery Ballroom at 6 Delancey Street. These Brooklyn-born musicians are at the front lines of a new movement to revive bluegrass with a progressive twang. And in case you were not yet aware, bluegrass is the new hardrock.

How do I know? It’s simple. Did you treat yourself to the film Lawless yet? If so, then you know what I am talking about. If not, well, let’s just say that Tom Hardy brought to life the real-life hillbilly bootlegger named Forrest Bondurant, and made him quite, umm, ‘trendy.’

Anyway, whether you like moonshine and/or layered granddad sweaters, you will get a thrill from the music of the Punch Brothers.  Chris Thile, formerly of Nickel Creek, takes the position of front man and is supported by the superb strumming of expert banjo player Chris Eldridge. All together this five man ensemble really rocks, or should I say strums.