UNABASHED BASH – WABC NEWS

Congrats to Brandsway Creative which celebrated half a decade of bringing celebs and their fans together on Friday night. The PR firm, headed by Kelly Brady, which works with models including Jessica White, Jessica Hart and Nicole Trunfio, threw their anniversary bash at Webster Hall where Warner Bros. band Echosmith performed and DJ Hesta Prynn provided the late night entertainment.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/kelly-osbourne-quits-fashion-police-article-1.2132402

House Party: Where New Talent Keeps NYC Hip-Hop On Its Toes – VILLAGE VOICE

By Corey Beasley Tue., Feb. 24 2015 at 8:02 AM

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Courtesy of Webster Hall. Photo: Carlos Alayo
Vic Mensa works the crowd at House Party

What do the leading artists in 2015′s rising class of hip-hop talent have in common? How are Vic Mensa and his house-inflected hit “Down on My Luck” connected to Tinashe and her luxe anthem “2 On,” or the moody revivalism of Joey Bada$$ with Rae Sremmurd’s anarchic, weirdo ecstasies? You don’t need a thinkpiece to figure out the answer: They’ve all played Webster Hall’s House Party, helping to break their records to a New York City crowd while cementing the venue’s weekly dance party as the spot for hip-hop fans to catch the next wave of stars before everyone else gets a piece of them.

Every Thursday, House Party helps a couple thousand New Yorkers show up to work or class the next morning in a bleary-eyed fog. Billing itself as “the biggest weekly hip-hop event NYC has ever seen,” the party — in its first full year of operation — has already made a name for itself as an exciting, unpredictable event. It’s too early to measure it against other long-running, iconic hip-hop dance nights, like those at the much-missed Tunnel, but it’s helped reclaim the city’s hip-hop dance culture from the insular, elitist realm of bottle
service and velvet ropes. Admission is free for women (and anyone with a flattop haircut) and never more than $25 for men, and Webster Hall’s multi-story layout gives House Party a truly democratic
feel. Four rooms with distinct sounds — Va$htie’s celebrated 1992 Throwback Party, Electric Punanny’s reggae room,
the trap room in Webster’s Studio, and the huge party in the Grand Ballroom, featuring Just Blaze, DJ Soul, and a weekly guest or two — give attendees the chance to have four completely different club experiences without leaving the building.

“It’s the embodiment of hip-hop culture in New York City,” says Alex Damashek of Move Forward Music, who helms the party and books its weekly talent. Webster Hall’s Kenny Schachter tapped Damashek in 2014 to expand the venue’s long-running Ladies’ Nights into something much bigger. Damashek, a Brooklyn native, had been booking hip-hop bills and promoting shows in the city for years, and he used this opportunity to conjure up an event more ambitious than anything he’d previously attempted. Any promoter would likely tell you that putting on a weekly party for upwards of 2,000 people is difficult enough, but doing so while
juggling the schedules of artists like Just Blaze, Va$htie, and that week’s top-tier guest or breakout star? Damashek and Lindsay Hart, Move Forward’s general manager, had their work cut out for them.

Damashek had been a fan of Just Blaze and DJ Soul’s OPEN, a much-celebrated weekly party hosted by the duo at Manhattan’s Santos Party House, and he wanted to bring that event to a wider audience with Just Blaze’s blessing. Santos Party House’s relatively small size (it has a capacity of around 800) meant OPEN had a more exclusive feel to it. Webster Hall would triple that capacity, offering a more accessible party.

But Just Blaze — who’s worked with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, and other hip-hop superstars — felt wary of shouldering such a huge event on his own. “Weeklies are a tough thing to do,” he
admits. “When things are going well, it’s good and you can take credit. But when things are bad, it’s all on you. That’s why I didn’t want the whole [night] to revolve around me.” Beyond that, he recognized the impossibility of staying fresh when performing so frequently. “No matter who the artist is,” he says, “if you knew your
favorite artist was performing every Friday at Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden, you’d go the first few times, but after that, it wouldn’t be special anymore.”

On the next page: “People say New York City has fallen off, or that it’s a town for rich people, you know? But we’ve
finally got our thing.”

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http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2015/02/house_party_webster_hall.php

Let’s Zydeco! – THE NEW YORKER

The concert series, which brings musicians from around New Orleans to town almost weekly, does its home city right with a pre-Mardi Gras party featuring C. J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band. Chenier, the son of Clifton Chenier, known as the King of Zydeco, is a high-powered vocalist and accordionist who has appropriately been dubbed the Crown Prince. His shows are authentically rocking affairs. Costumes are encouraged, as is checking the series’ Web site; its usual venue, Connolly’s, has lately been unavailable, and there have been last-minute changes in locations for shows. (Midtown Live, 251 W. 30th St., 2nd floor, the Red Room. letszydeco.com. Feb. 15.)

http://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/night-life/lets-zydeco-7

The Twenties Come Alive at East Ville Des Folies – VILLAGE VOICE

Webster Hall recalled the Twenties — an era when it was “reputedly owned by infamous mobster Al Capone” on Saturday, February 7, 2015 with “East Ville Des Folies,” a daytime beer & whiskey-tasting party that encompassed all floors of the historic, 129-year-old nightclub on East 11th Street. The event also included performance art, burlesque, and live music. Photos by Laura June Kirsch for the Village Voice. Check out the full gallery here.

http://www.villagevoice.com/slideshow/the-twenties-come-alive-at-east-ville-des-folies-42133731/

Feist playing with Sting at Webster Hall (Cherrytree Records 10th Anniversary) – BROOKLYN VEGAN

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Cherrytree Records is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a concert at NYC’s Webster Hall on March 9. The lineup’s led by two artists who could fill Webster Hall on their own (especially one of them), Sting and Feist, and also features Cherrytree artists Far East Movement, Ivy Levan, Matthew Koma, Secret Someones, The Last Bandoleros and DJ Dave Aude. Tickets go on sale at 3 PM today (2/4).

UPDATE: Cherrytree Records asked us to clarify that, “Feist isn’t actually opening for Sting. All of the artists on the bill will be doing special short sets and there’s no actual run-of-show laid out just yet.”

Meanwhile, it’s been way too long since we’ve gotten a new Feist album. Her last was 2011′s Metals, and you can revisit the video for “Graveyard” from that album, below…

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/02/feist_opening_f.html

Peter Ulrich (Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil) releasing new solo album, playing 1st-ever show with his Collaboration band – BROOKLYN VEGAN

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Peter Ulrich played drums and percussion in the early years of Dead Can Dance, and is on many of their 4AD albums, including 1984′s self-titled debut and 1987′s Within the Realm of a Dying Sun. He also contributed “At First, and Then” to This Mortal Coil’s Filagree & Shadow and played on Wolfgang Press albums as well. He’s released a number of solo albums, too, which don’t stray too far from the gothy, orchestral folk of Dead Can Dance. Those include 1999′s Pathways and Dawns which was produced by DCD’s Brendan Perry, and 2013′s The Painted Caravan, the first in a planned trilogy. In May, Ulrich will release Tempus Fugitives, which is the second in the “Painted Caravan” trilogy. Check out the single “Dark Daddy,” which features harpist Erin Hill (who has played on records by Enya, Kanye, Moby and more), below.

His band, The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, will play their first-ever live show at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room on June 20 with Erin Hill and French & the Punk. Ulrich also promises “VERY special guests” at the show. Tickets go on sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/01/peter_ulrich_de.html

Webster Hall Team Hits The Ground Running – ENCORE


Webster Hall Team Hits The Ground Running
Posted: January 15, 2015
NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Almost five months after the transition from Bowery Presents to an in-house booking team at Webster Hall, the venue reported a successful fall, with a significant uptick in attendance.

Since the changing of the guard, Webster Hall saw a productive quarter, with strong attendance figures. The 53 shows produced by The Webster’s in-house team saw hard-ticket attendance of 84%, with another ten shows booked by by Kenny Schachter, the ‘electronic’ buyer at Webster, most of which also sold to capacity.

As well, the Webster team landed some major ‘gets’ during that span and presented concerts such as the highly-sought Smashing Pumpkins show, which was standing room only, and three sold-out shows by indie rockers American Football.

CelebrityAccess took a moment to check in with Webster Hall’s Heath Miller about how things are proceeding at the venue.

What precipitated the shift from Bowery to taking booking in-house booking for the Webster?
Bowery’s contract period with Webster Hall was up in August 2014. We had been discussing from when I began at Webster Hall that booking the entire building was the eventual plan, pending a variety of factors.

So far we’re off to a good start, but it’s only the start. Getting the show confirmed is only part of the equation – we still need to market the show properly, and have the fans and the bands have a great experience. Bowery Presents did a great job and we need to try to do even better – which isn’t an easy task, and we’re focused on keeping it up and growing it as much as we can. We have a lot of flexibility here with the Marlin Room and The Studio with being able to bounce a show between rooms and grow artists internally. In addition, the way we can leverage all the rooms together and the amount of eyeballs that see the posters marketing studio shows when they’re waiting on line / coming in for the Grand Ballroom and nightclub events is a huge help.

New York City is one of the most competitive markets in the country. What approach do you take in marketing your shows?
We try to be hyper focused on the NYC (and surround markets) alone. We’re in a unique market that certain acts can do great business in NYC but not elsewhere, and we have such an incredibly diverse population year that is looking to go out more often than people in other markets, but at the same point, we have such a great amount of options on any given night – from sporting events to theatre to food events. We compete for people’s attention, not just against other music events.

How often do you work with outside event producers such as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters or SFXE?
Minimally, and it is typically as a co-promote situation. We’re open to working with others when it makes sense, and I try to keep a neutral, flexible approach in the marketplace.

How did the world music-oriented GlobalFest (A world music event hosted by Webster Hall) turn out? World music shows seem like they can be challenging ticket to sell in some cases.
GlobalFest sold out in advance this year, at a slightly higher capacity than last year. It’s an interesting event for us as it’s a bit out of our normal programming, but it really shows that we can host a diverse range of music successfully.

EDM is currently a very hot topic in the music world. Apart from the nightclub, how often do you book EDM acts and are there any special considerations, security, or otherwise, for producing those shows?
We do produce a good amount of electronic music in a more traditional concert format, and it really varies by subgenre. Some of the audiences, such as Thievery Corporation, have very little audience in common with someone like a Chet Faker, and the EDM acts tend to be very production intense for lighting elements and such.

Who is the one dream act that you’d love to have on stage at the Webster but have yet to land?
The Lonely Island, NOFX, Dr. Dre, and Taylor Swift. Ideally on one bill. Also would really love to book Blink-182.

Any plans/shows on the horizon for 2015?
For unannounced shows, we have a surefire 2 night sellout announcing soon, and few other very exciting ones about to confirm, and many that I hope to confirm. For things that are already confirmed, looking very forward to Gaslight Anthem, Milky Chance and… a band in May who’s first NYC show was in The Studio that will be returning to the Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall for their album release.

Any other thoughts you’d care to offer?
It’s an exciting time to be in music, and I’m honored that the Ballingers have entrusted me and given me the support to book the Grand Ballroom at Webster Hall.

-Staff Writers

http://encore.celebrityaccess.com/index.php?encoreId=496&articleId=50380

G-Eazy Drives the Ladies Crazy at Webster Hall – NEW YORK OBSERVER

By Damian Ghigliotty | 01/19/15 8:30am


G-Eazy bows to the crowd at Webster Hall. (Photo: Bobby Bruderle)

G-Eazy performed two sold-out shows at Webster Hall this weekend and a lot of college-aged girls made out with their boyfriends before the Oakland native jumped on stage Friday night for his “From the Bay to the Universe” tour.

The 25-year-old rapper, singer and producer delivered to a packed house at the iconic New York venue with support from a DJ, live drummer, bass-heavy beats and slicked-back hair during his one-hour set.

The RCA Records artist, who at times sounds like a West Coast Drake with a style reminiscent of G. Love in his younger days, gave his fans what they came for and received no shortage of screams in return.

At the high points during Friday night’s show in the East Village, G-Eazy wooed the crowd with some of his catchiest songs and showed genuine affection for his fans.

At other moments, the Billboard-topping artist rapped about himself in front of a screen showing looped videos of his face.

Still, the ladies (and a fair amount of the fellows) loved it all the same.

During one emotive chat with the crowd in between songs, G-Eazy told his fans, the bartenders and everyone else listening that he had opened for his first tour at Webster Hall—down in the venue’s basement—several years prior. Started from the bottom now he’s here. Likewise, the recently signed Bay Area rapper began publishing music as a teenage artist on Myspace in 2007 and rose to outsell Phish within the past year.

Near the end of Friday night’s show, the 6-foot-4, skinny-jeans-wearing rap star asked all the single ladies to put their hands up. A lot of hands responded.

He then asked all the ladies who left their boyfriends at home to do the same. That led to two angry guys dragging their girlfriends out of the performance hall. If only we could hear what was said during those exchanges.

But, hey, these things happen.

http://observer.com/2015/01/g-eazy-drives-the-ladies-crazy-at-webster-hall/

INDEPENDENCE DAY AT WEBSTER HALL WITH CARIBOU, JESSY LANZA + MANY MORE! – PANCAKESANDWHISKEY.COM

When Webster Hall invites you to a party, you don’t say “no.” You put on your dancing shoes, and fucking go. So Friday, November 14, I went to represent Pancakes and Whiskey at the massive all house celebration of Webster Hall’s return to Independence with an A+ lineup.

Proof of how excited people were about this night were three sold out shows in each room, and long lines at all entrances at 7 pm already. Where to go first? What to do? So many choices. To get a good spot in the Grand Ballroom for the electronic shows I decided to go upstairs and started out my night with the beautiful spheric tunes of Jessy Lanza. Armed with two synthesizers and a MacBook Pro, Lanza entranced the rapidly growing audience with her beat heavy fairy pop. Her voice, not unlike that of fellow electronic songstress Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, tumbled in the highest heights using it like one of her synths.

Meanwhile in the Marlin Room at ground level, Echosmith was tearing it up. The four siblings from Los Angeles drew the crowd in with their sparkling indie pop and their bubbly energy. At the same time in the studio, Brooklyn’s own Sandflower took over the more pop focused part of the evening. Her bubbly performance matched her gorgeous outfit – this one might be one we’re going to hear more of in the pop world.

But back to the Grand Ballroom, where Caribou was ending the night with a blast. As you might expect from a musician like Dan Snaith, there wasn’t much standing space, so dancing was a hard endeavor, but not impossible. With a light show and a stage presence similar to Kraftwerk, he took the crowd by storm.

It was an amazing night with amazing shows. Webster Hall has always been one of my favorite venues in this city, because of the history it encompasses, and how great watching shows is at the space. Thanks for having me – I had a blast.

Bands in The Grand Ballroom
Jessy Lanza
Caribou

Bands in the Marlin Room
Madi Diaz
Echosmith

Bands in the Studio
Craig Stickland
Sandflower
Kat Dahlia

Article by: Julia Maehner

http://pancakesandwhiskey.com/2014/11/22/independence-day-at-webster-hall-with-caribou-jessy-lanza-many-more/

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