Who Says Punk Is Dead? The DIY scene lives in Bushwick. Here are the Bushwick DIY locations to experience live music, comedy, theater, and more this year.
Wet Spot, founded by Rebecca Friday with the support of her partner and “Sound Daddy” Graham Banfield, is a DIY outdoor performance location away from DeKalb L in an apartment complex called The Tea Factory.
Friday and Banfield’s 1,000-square-foot private terrace behind their apartment doubles as a salon for a variety of artistic performances, including music, readings, comedy, poetry, dance, and theater.
Friday, which has been hosting events in its various Brooklyn residential spaces for three years, moved into its current space in March 2021 and began hosting events under the name “Wet Spot” in May.
“My partner and I were lucky,” Friday said. “We came up with the idea of creating a venue and now we live in a place with a huge outdoor area.”
As a producer and filmmaker with a background in art history, it is very important to Freitag to offer other artists a meeting place that is inclusive for everyone.
“Any excuse to have a party, event or celebration is my favorite thing to do around the world,” she said. “I wanted to be able to meet strange, magical people and say, ‘I have a room for you.'”
With a Safer Space policy, Friday is hoping all the artists performing on the Wet Spot “feel confident they’re doing the things they’ve always dreamed of doing”.
Make sure to check out the venue before it closes for the November season. “Everyone who comes here talks about how special it is,” Friday said. “You can’t believe it exists.”
Location: 175 Stockholmstr.
10/16/2021: Tenderheart Bitches Album Listening Party.
October 20, 2021: Michael Rider, M the Myth and Emma Blue Jeans
14.10.2021, 21.10., 28.10 .: Sacred Circle Theater presents Living Tarot.
Putnam Palace is a DIY music space founded in May 2021 by local artists Michelle LoBianco, Cade Weidenhaft and Jason Wornoff. LoBianco and Weidenhaft are “partners in life” according to LoBianco, after they met two years ago at an art exhibition curated by LoBianco. Weidenhaft and Wornoff play together in the band Television Overdose. LoBianco is closely connected to the music scene as a photographer for local bands and Reckless Magazine.
“Putnam Palace is a love story from Cade and me to the community,” LoBianco said. “I felt that it was absolutely necessary to have a room for my friends to safely have shows.”
When COVID hit, LoBianco felt the lack of live shows on the music scene. “I’m very close to a lot of the bands I photograph,” she said. “They are very close to my heart and it hit me really hard to see how they are unable to perform.”
The trio’s motivation to open their home to local bands was fueled by a desire to create an outdoor communal space that everyone can enjoy amid the life-changing circumstances of COVID.
“We did it to survive a pandemic and a lockdown with music!” Enthused LoBianco.
According to LoBianco, two shows are in the works, with the bands “Gorgeous, Sharkswimmer, Safer and hopefully a few more!” said LoBianco. “I’m doing the entire booking so we’ll have an announcement soon!”
Putnam Palace does more than just host shows – the venue upholds the values of independent music and the DIY ethos by providing a supportive hangout for everyone. “Our room is our home,” said LoBianco. “It is our heart. I look forward to sharing music, love and community. “
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Leanne Velednitsky and Rebecca Weiser are a Bushwick-based duo who put on a monthly comedy variety show from their backyard, aptly called the Backyard Show.
Velednistky and Weiser, who met while improvising as students at New York University (NYU), are both comedians with an acting or stand-up background. They started the Backyard Show in June 2018 and hosted it for a year through the Bushwick institution Pine Box Rock Shop. The following summer, the couple “decided to postpone”. [their] Backyard and make it a DIY vibe, ”says Velednitsky.
They’ve lived in their East Williamsburg apartment for four years, turning the “jungle” that is their backyard into a fun place for all kinds of comedy. “We did things outside before it was cool,” joked Velednitsky. “Nothing happened in 2020 as we were all in our feelings, but in the summer of 2021 we decided to bring [Backyard Show] return!”
“It was really great to curate this space for people and welcome them to our little home,” said Weiser. “We try to keep our show as energetic as possible. It’s nice to be outside, especially during the pandemic. The whole experience was really something special. “
With their comedic sensibilities, Velednitsky and Weiser liven up the night with a mixture of characters and stand-up throughout the show. “There are a lot of interactive bits,” Velednitsky said. “That’s what people like about our show. We create something together with the audience. ”
According to Velednitsky, a crowd favorite includes “crazy trivia” about PowerPoint slides for which “there are no correct answers”. “When people yell answers, we throw candy at them.”
Running their show from home has given Velednitsky and Weiser creative freedoms that might otherwise be more difficult to achieve in a traditional venue. “In our back yard we could have a show and then a party,” said Velednitsky. “We make the rules. It’s nice to be in charge and do our own thing. DIY gives you more control. “
Location: 774 Metropolitan Avenue.
The next show will take place on 10/30/21.
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Selected image: Kate Hoos
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