Mercury Lounge

Lily Vakili Brings NJ-Rock to Mercury Lounge

Posted February 9, 2022 at 5:08 am

What follows is a checkup of the downtown music scene with Everynight Charley Crespo, prolific editor of The Manhattan Beat. Here is the latest entry. Lily Vakili’s father was a plant geneticist whose career necessitated frequent relocation. Vakili says she was born in Honduras during a military coup. “In the hospital, my dad had to […]

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Mask Mandate for Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom Amid Covid Surge

Posted December 17, 2021 at 5:15 am

With a major uptick in cases of COVID-19 around the city the last several days – attributed to the virulent Omicron variant – music venues are again bracing for impact. The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge last night announced that masks are mandatory for all concert goers. The requirement extends to the “entirety of the […]

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New Investment Firm Buys 2 Buildings Along East Houston for $13M

Posted October 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

Milano’s Bar and Mercury Lounge now have something in common (other than first initial) – a new landlord. Nascent real estate investment firm, MOVCAP, this month scooped up 51 East Houston and 217 East Houston. Price tag for both mixed-use tenements was $13.2 million. The seller is listed as TDJ Holdings. 51 East Houston Street […]

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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Require Proof of Vaccine for Entry

Posted August 11, 2021 at 5:08 am

Live music is in full swing, but area clubs are taking extra precautions to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Esteemed venues Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge now require all patrons to be fully vaccinated before attending a concert. Gig goers will need to show proof of vaccination for the foreseeable future. Along with a photo […]

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Gigs to See on the Downtown Music Circuit the Month of August

Posted August 2, 2021 at 5:47 am

The downtown music scene is approaching pre-pandemic levels, thanks in large part to increased bookings at many bars, restaurants and nightclubs. August looks more promising than any schedule in the past 16 months. Here are some highlights of upcoming shows this month, along with photographs from a few of the more active venues in July. […]

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Mercury Lounge Building Hits Market for $7.5M

Posted March 19, 2021 at 5:01 am

Another Lower East Side building with an iconic commercial tenant is on the market. The mixed-use tenement at 217 East Houston Street, which houses Mercury Lounge on the ground floor is currently for sale. Asking price is $7.5 million. Of the eight apartments in the building, five are stabilized and three free-market. The music venue […]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Celebrate 20 Years by Sharing Footage from First Show at Mercury Lounge

Posted September 29, 2020 at 5:02 am

You’re old. But you were young then. Perhaps you caught a fringe group at Mercury Lounge that night twenty years ago. Yeah Yeah Yeahs were just another on a stacked bill September 25, 2000, alongside other relative unknowns, including Candy Darlings, Kid Congo Powers, and The White Stripes (who had released their debut record months […]

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The Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Appeal to Fans to Help Float out-of-Work Staff

Posted March 18, 2020 at 5:04 am

The dominoes keep falling in the wake of the global pandemic. All industries are taking substantial financial hits because of COVID-19, including music venues. On the Lower East Side, two prominent clubs  – the Mercury Lounge and Bowery Ballroom – have closed their doors indefinitely. In hopes of easing the financial burden for over 100 […]

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Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge No Longer Bowery Presents Venues; Live Nation Rumored to Take Over

Posted August 3, 2017 at 5:09 am

It’s a breakup that many in the industry saw coming. Bowery Presents, mere months after being gobbled up by AEG Live, parted ways with its two marquee Lower East Side venues – Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge. For two decades, these two rock clubs were synonymous with the Bowery Presents empire. Not anymore, as Brooklyn […]

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DeVotchKa had Mercury Lounge Dancing Late Friday Night [PHOTOS]

Posted April 11, 2017 at 5:02 am

While the collective gaze of music press was fixated across the river at Barclays for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, DeVotchKa held court at a sold-out show on the Lower East Side. At the Mercury Lounge, where, the band admits, they truly “belong.” “We spent a lot of years on this […]

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