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THE BELL HOUSE OPENS; ECLECTIC MUSIC VENUE IN BROWNSTONE BROOKLYN
Gowanus, Brooklyn (September 4, 2008) – In the shadow of the famous and brooding Kentile Floors sign in the burgeoning and classic neighborhood of Gowanus, The Bell House, a gorgeous new and unique music venue and lounge, will open its doors on September 18 at 6pm with free admission to the public. The Bell House is a magnificent two-room music and events venue located at 149 7th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues. It was crafted out of an old 1920’s warehouse once used as a printing press, but more recently used as a fly-by-night shipping company.
Conceived and created by the friends behind Union Hall (Park Slope) and Floyd (Brooklyn Heights), The Bell House are thrilled to be pioneers of sorts adding a prominent performance space to Brownstone Brooklyn. The main space boasts 25 foot wooden arched ceilings, a 450 square foot stage, and unobstructed views from any part of the room. “Brownstone Brooklyn needed a major music venue and event space, and we found a beautiful old building near the Gowanus that was seemingly designed for live music,” said co-owner, Jim Carden. “We’ll be able to graduate the bands we’ve championed at Union Hall to a space like no other in New York City and be able to host acts that were simply too big for the stage there”, adds co-owner and talent buyer Jack McFadden.
The storefront features a comfortable 150 capacity lounge which will be open seven nights a week as a friendly neighborhood bar and gathering space featuring beer from independent and local breweries.
The live sound in the performance space has been outfitted with flying EAW speakers, 5 monitor mixes, an Allen & Heath console, and a gorgeous lighting set up with a Hog 500 controller. Capacity for the main space is 350 with an option of having seating for 200 plus standing room only on special occasions. Musicians and audience will be thrilled to find the same charm, hospitality, and professionalism that Union Hall has brought to Park Slope for the past 2 years.
The Bell House will play proud host to this initial lineup of shows; tickets will be on sale by Saturday, September 6 at noon:
09/18 LILYS / MATT POND PA / two more very special guests * FREE
09/19 THE NEW YORK BURLESQUE FESTIVAL
09/24 DIEGO GARCIA of ELEFANT
09/25 – 09/28 THE EUGENE MIRMAN COMEDY FESTIVAL
10/02 BANG ON A CAN office night with M SHANGHAI STRING BAND / GET HIM EAT HIM / MELOMANE / BABE THE BLUE OX / more
10/03 Popular folk/rock from MELISSA FERRICK
10/11 THE VEILS from New Zealand / very special guests
10/18 Oakland’s hip-hop pioneers CROWN CITY ROCKERS
10/22 – 10/25 (CMJ week) THE ROSEBUDS / SAM CHAMPION / THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR / THE JEALOUS GIRLFRIENDS / CRYSTAL STILTS / more
11/15 AC NEWMAN / special guests
12/02 VIENNA TENG
for more show information, please check www.thebellhouseny.com
THE BELL HOUSE / 149 7th STREET / BROOKLYN, NY 11215 / 718-643-6510 /
*The Gowanus section of Brooklyn, filled with industrial buildings and the odd scrap metal processing facility, is heating up, as recently noted in The New York Times. Residents have noted a precipitous decline in the number of loitering prostitutes in this slightly notorious neighborhood, as the ever-expanding neighborhoods of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens creep closer. On 7th street alone, on the same block as the Bell House, a gallery as well as a night club from the people of Save the Robots fame, are soon scheduled to open