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Five shows to see at Cameo Gallery before it's gone forever

Catch one of the last parties at the beloved Brooklyn venue Cameo Gallery before it closes on November 21

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Andrew Frisicano
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After seven years on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Cameo Gallery will shut its doors for good on November 21. The reason won’t be a surprise to anyone familiar with the fate of nearby venues like Death by Audio, 285 Kent, the Trash Bar or Spike Hill. “The situation with the landlord is complicated, but the main reason is the high rent,” says owner Jify Shah. “This is a passion project to begin with.” With its closing, the city loses yet another nightlife spot dedicated to nurturing up-and-coming talent and curating diverse lineups, where booking ranged from all-night DJ sets with Frankie Knuckles and Nicolas Jaar to indie-rock gigs with War on Drugs and Surfer Blood. For Cameo’s final weeks, Shah has booked a series of special shows to send the club off, with returning favorites, surprise guests and, in at least one case (November 18), a mystery headliner. “People will just have to trust us on this,” says Shah.

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Five last shows to see at Cameo

Morgan Geist + Justin Miller + Evan Michael
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  • Dance and electronic

Morgan Geist of innovative house duo Metro Area spins his disco-infused Detroit futurism and Chicago house classics (most recently heard on his EP, Megaprojects One) with Have A Killer Time's Justin Miller and Drumpoet Community's Evan Michael.

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  • Pop
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Brooklyn singer Class Actress (known to friends and family as Elizabeth Harper) in July released the EP, Movies, which paired her disco-queen vocals with genre forebear Giorgio Moroder. This will be the first live gig in several years for Class Actress, who first played here in 2010. Starchild is the new project of Bryndon Cook, who has worked and performed with Dev Hynes, Chairlift, Solange and others.

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The Juan MacLean
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  • Dance and electronic

The DFA Records duo of producer John MacLean and former LCD Soundsystem singer Nancy Whang settled in for a raucous three-night residency in April. Here the pair peddles its unique brand of synth-pop spiced with equal measures of house music, techno and disco for one night only (and a free one at that).

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  • Rock and indie
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Details are still being ironed out for the club’s last hurrah, but two confirmed acts won’t surprise any fans of the venue: former Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington, who employs effects and samplers to craft tuneful soundscapes, and dreamy local indie-rock outfit Caveman. It’s safe to say you can expect a few surprises as well.

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