CMJames Part 5: What’s in a Venue Name?
When reading about either historic or contemporary shows in New York City, you frequently come across a familiar set of unusual venue names. I never gave it much thought, chalking it up as a strange cheekiness perhaps. But these names are almost entirely accurate, believe it or not!
For example, Brooklyn Night Bizarre is a mouthful of a name. However, it turns out that it is, in fact, a bazaar of booths with the normal assortment of wares that one purchases at fairs and carnivals: trinkets, junk jewelry, bric-a-brac…
And you CAN purchase cake and cupcakes at The Cake Shop!
Arlene’s Grocery used to be a bodega and grocery but it became a full time music venue back in the mid-nineties.
More self explanatory are the Bowery Ballroom (a ballroom…on Bowery), and The Bowery Electric (a multi level venue in the lighting/electric district on Bowery).
Now if only I could explain “Baby’s All Right” in Brooklyn…
Posted on October 26, 2014, in CMJ and tagged Arlene's Grocery, Baby's All Right, Bowery Ballroom, Brooklyn Night Bizarre, CMJ, CMJames, College Music Journal, James Pickle, The Bowery Electric, The Cake Shop. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.