Irving Plaza

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Green Day at Irving Plaza

With the rise of clubs like Webster Hall and Gramercy Theater, Irving Plaza has lost its monopoly on concerts by midsize touring bands. What to do? Rename itself! But nobody actually called the club Fillmore New York, so the name reverted to its original form. By any name, it’s a great place to see niche-y vets (Television, GWAR) and buzzy newcomers like Meghan Trainor on their way up to larger spaces. And from the parlor-lit lounge downstairs to the shadowy corners of the balconies, this pleasantly worn old ballroom whispers of New York’s rock past.

Venue name: Irving Plaza
Address: 17 Irving Pl
New York
Cross street: at 15th St
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
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Brian M

.  "Dobry wieczór" (Good Evening in Polish) is what you may have said visiting this location in the late 40's, as it was a Polish-American community center. Pope John Paul II visited this location in 1976. Flash forward to 1978  where it became a rock club and since has hosted an incredibly diverse amount of musicians.  I saw two shows there in two weeks.  One was Pat Benatar and the other was Lamb of God.  A small venue with the stage on the 2nd floor, you can tell by the architecture that the building has been there for some time.  Though you can fit about 1000 people inside, the shows are quite intimate.  Grab a 24 ounce beer from the bar downstairs, why make 2 trips, and then head upstairs and enjoy.  If you're lucky enough, or provide a "donation" to the bouncer, you may get to sit in the coveted 3rd floor balcony.