Year opened: 2021
Opened in 2021, Brooklyn Made is the brainchild of two very different industry insiders: the former President of Live Nation’s New York office, Anthony Makes, and rock band Delta Spirit’s multi-instrumentalist, Kelly Winrich. The two collaborated to make the ideal live music venue for fans and artists alike, and they have seen great success so far. With lighting design by accomplished scenic designer Jeremy Roth, there’s multiple green rooms for artists, a restaurant for fans and a private outdoor pool on the roof, this venue checks all the boxes.
The Rookery Bar – Awesome spot directly across the street for a cocktail and a bite with indoor/outdoor seating. The Rookery kitchen serves fried chicken sandwiches, among other great things, till the wee hours of the night. Perfect spot for a pre- or postgame with a group. Open: M-Wed 12pm-2am, Thurs-Fri 12pm-4am, Sat 11am-4am, Sun 11am-2am. 425 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11237. 0 min walk to Brooklyn Made.
The Keep – This dark & cozy, antiques-filled haunt offers live music alongside craft cocktails. A great spot for a drink before or after the show. No food, but there’s a pizza place around the corner, and you can bring that in. Important note: cash only. Open: M-F 4pm-3am, Sat-Sun 1pm-3pm. 205 Cypress Ave, Queens, NY 11385. 4 min walk to Brooklyn Made.
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We caught up with Stefanie May, VP of Marketing at Brooklyn Made, and she answered some questions for the groovement:
Brooklyn Made opened just last year. What was the first show there?
The first show at Brooklyn Made was Wilco’s Front Man, Jeff Tweedy. That was on September 30th of last year. Which is really cool to note that, I know we’re talking mostly about Brooklyn Made (the club in Bushwick), but Brooklyn Made Presents has a really cool story that’s kind of forming with Wilco.
Tell us more.
We had these five nights at the United Palace, which is a venue that we book, and we also have two upcoming shows at the Civic Theater in New Orleans, which are sold out. Most of the Palace shows sold out too. So, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Wilco at Brooklyn Made presents, venues. And maybe some solo stuff with Jeff Tweedy. So it’s kind of a cool history that’s forming with Wilco.
What is Brooklyn Made’s mission?
When I thought about it, the venue is set up for music lovers and bands and artists. So, I think the mission is really just providing the ultimate experience to make sure that both the fans and the bands are blown away by the experience.
The performers really appreciate the level of attention that was put into it. You know, the sound and the lights, and also there’s this wraparound carriage apartment that has a pool. It’s like nothing that any band really has though, I think it’s all the bells and whistles to blow away the artist. And then the fans appreciate the size of the room, the sound, the lights and everything else as far as the design. It’s all next level for both the artists and the fans.
We’ve heard your Green Room is pretty awesome.
Which artists have launched their careers at Brooklyn Made?
It’s hard to say which band and artist careers have launched because it’s so new, you know? But I think it’s cool to note that we have been having a lot of local artists, or like New York City bands play at the venue. So making the venue a hub for local artists that we lift up. We could say that we help support local bands and that could launch a career, you know?
Love it. What about in terms of genre, are you focused on bands from particular genres?
So there’s so many, there’s such a variety of artists and bands that come through. I don’t think that we specialize in a certain genre. If you look at the calendar, like right now, you’ll find indie rock punk, just regular rock bands, singer-songwriter, electronic artists, and that’s kind of been the history of the venue since opening. It’s just a variety–and jam. We are about to announce like a ton of jam bands too.
Anything exciting coming up at the venue?
It’s cool to note that the one year anniversary is coming up on the 30th of September. We have Langhorne Slim playing. We do have some new venues on the way, so stay tuned!