"The ultimate sin of any performer is contempt for the audience."
- Lester Bangs

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Roseland Ballroom (NY, NY)

The Roseland Ballroom is one of NYC's must go to venues. Surprisingly spacious for a city venue, it boast a basement, first floor and balcony. The main stage stands over 3,000, which means you can be right up front, clinging to the barrier, or in the back with a little more personal space, depending on what you prefer. There were even places to sit if that was more your style.

When The Sounds played there on September 20 (review of the show here), the crowd was refreshingly diverse. The venue is relatively easy to find on 52 st. just off Broadway, but even running late we were able to walk right in and get a few feet from the stage just as the headliners got started. For the most part security was friendly, until the end when they insisted that patrons leave immediately whether or not they were waiting for friend inside or trying to buy something from the merch table.

Despite this, the Roseland was one of the better NYC venues I've been to and I highly recommend that you see one one of their shows.

The Roseland Ballroom: 4

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