This September, The Bell House is celebrating ten years of existence with a slate of shows. After so many closings the past year, celebrating one venue's thriving future certainly feels good. The full lineup is yet to be announced, but we do know three shows definitely on the schedule: Hard-rocking trio Ex Hex plays alongside laidback, grooving outfit EZTV (September 7); indie luminaries Waxahatchee plays with Night Shops and Anna St. Louis (September 8); and finally the Steve Alibini–fronted powerhouse Shellac (September 10). You can grab tickets at the official website.
To add to the venue's big plans, The Bell House is also organizing a summer concert series running from June to October in Courtyard 1/2 at Industry City in Brooklyn's Sunset Park. The courtyard will also be home to The Bell House Outpost, a seasonal outdoor bar open to the public Wednesday through Sunday starting June 1.
On the lineup for that, you'll find acts ranging from New Orleans brass bands (The Soul Rebels on June 1, who kick off the series) to veteran indie rockers (Guided by Voices on August 16). Other highlights include Kevin Morby (June 14), Kevin Devine (August 23) and a two-day music festival Analog Live (July 21, 22). Topping it all of, there will be cocktails and bocce ball available—no tenth anniversary is complete without them.
Speaking of tenth anniversaries, another one of our favorite venues, Le Poisson Rouge, is also celebrating its 10-year birthday with a special run of shows all summer ("LPR X"). The lineup is heavily loaded: One of this generation's most visionary jazz pianists Vijay Iyer and his fiery trio (June 16); art-punk band Deerhoof, who inspire a cultish following with their technical theatrics (June 11); Japanese sludge-rock experimentalists Boris (Aug 24); twinkling Icelandic pianist Olafur Arnalds, who crafts delicate music-box-esque vignettes (June 30), and many more. Grab your tickets here.