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Spin Doctors

It’s not every day you get the pleasure of seeing a multi-platinum, Billboard Top 100, heat-seeking rock group. However, it was Brooklyn Bowl’s lucky night, where the critically acclaimed Spin Doctors put on a vintage home-town throwdown with. Formed in New York City in the late 1980s, the band gained mainstream success in the early 90s with their debut album Pocket Full of Kryptonite. The record was a commercial success propelled by hit singles like “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes,” a song you may recognize from several movies and TV shows from the 90s and 2000s. The crowd was packed with everyone from old jam heads to staunch and prideful New Yorkers who were ready for a night of radio wave flashbacks.

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Slum Village

Hip hop group Slum Village put on a passionate rap performance defined by a fusion of experimental sampling, funky basslines, and conga drums at Blue Note. The groovement had the pleasure of experiencing their sonically innovative and electric stage presence during a tribute performance for the group’s founder, legendary Detroit rapper and producer Jay Dee a.k.a. J Dilla. The group, consisting of Dilla and rappers Young RJ and D3, grew up together in Detroit and brought their own musical chemistry and unique Detroit sound that has emerged from the city’s underground hip hop scene, to the world through their hit records “Tainted” and “Selfish.” Honoring Dilla’s legacy on the anniversary of his death, the duo paid homage by incorporating live sampling and layered percussion through Chris Rob’s dynamic music direction, synth piano and buttery vocals. 

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Beats Antique

On the evening of February 9th, Beats Antique performed at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY, delivering a show that stood out for its unique blend of music and performance art. Known for their eclectic mix of genres, the group integrated elements of cinematic cabaret and electronic music, drawing from a wide array of global influences. The concert showcased the band’s commitment not just to playing music, but to creating an immersive experience, featuring elaborate costumes, dance routines, and visual storytelling.

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Spin Doctors

It’s not every day you get the pleasure of seeing a multi-platinum, Billboard Top 100, heat-seeking rock group. However, it was Brooklyn Bowl’s lucky night, where the critically acclaimed Spin Doctors put on a vintage home-town throwdown with. Formed in New York City in the late 1980s, the band gained mainstream success in the early 90s with their debut album Pocket Full of Kryptonite. The record was a commercial success propelled by hit singles like “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes,” a song you may recognize from several movies and TV shows from the 90s and 2000s. The crowd was packed with everyone from old jam heads to staunch and prideful New Yorkers who were ready for a night of radio wave flashbacks.

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Slum Village

Hip hop group Slum Village put on a passionate rap performance defined by a fusion of experimental sampling, funky basslines, and conga drums at Blue Note. The groovement had the pleasure of experiencing their sonically innovative and electric stage presence during a tribute performance for the group’s founder, legendary Detroit rapper and producer Jay Dee a.k.a. J Dilla. The group, consisting of Dilla and rappers Young RJ and D3, grew up together in Detroit and brought their own musical chemistry and unique Detroit sound that has emerged from the city’s underground hip hop scene, to the world through their hit records “Tainted” and “Selfish.” Honoring Dilla’s legacy on the anniversary of his death, the duo paid homage by incorporating live sampling and layered percussion through Chris Rob’s dynamic music direction, synth piano and buttery vocals. 

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Beats Antique

On the evening of February 9th, Beats Antique performed at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY, delivering a show that stood out for its unique blend of music and performance art. Known for their eclectic mix of genres, the group integrated elements of cinematic cabaret and electronic music, drawing from a wide array of global influences. The concert showcased the band’s commitment not just to playing music, but to creating an immersive experience, featuring elaborate costumes, dance routines, and visual storytelling.

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Galactic

Galactic took over Brooklyn Bowl for two sold out nights in a row. The legendary funk band, known for their soulful song selection and electrifying performances, proved once again why they’re a must-see act in the live music scene. The insanely talented New Orleans-based band delivered nothing short of a crowd pleasing set. Each member brought their A-game, from Stanton Moore’s explosive drum solos to Ben Ellman’s soul-stirring saxophone riffs, but the real show stealer is the frontwoman and lead singer: Anjelika Jelly Joseph. 

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Mayer Hawthorne

Chulita Vinyl Club was spinning classic dance pop hits as audience members awaited Mayer Hawthorne, a Motown Grammy nominated disconaut. Mayer began his musical journey as a hip-hop DJ in Detroit and began recording his own Motor City grooves to avoid paying fees for sampling other artists’ work. He played all the instruments on each of those tracks, recorded all his own vocals, and the rest is history. Ten studio albums later, he’s now touring for his latest album, For All Time – and back in Brooklyn ready to serenade us with luscious R&B tones and sweet melodies. 

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Umphrey’s McGee

Not just your typical cap to a four-night run, Umphrey’s McGee also happened to be celebrating its birthday. On the 26th anniversary of their first ever performance, the six power jammers took to the stage, eager to celebrate. The group walked out to the forceful and uplifting tones of “Nipple Trix” as they took their stations and began to improvise in classic Umph-fashion. A quick turn into “Phil’s Farm” brought smiles to the crowds’ faces as the band sprinted through the plucky lyrics and heavy guitar licks. The song quickly broke out into six minutes of funk-down before returning into the ending riff under the guiding hand of Joel Cummins’s sweet Sunday organ action. A fierce solo from lead guitarist Brendan Bayliss followed a sharp close left everybody titillated and excited for more. 

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Knitting Factory at Baker Falls

The Knitting Factory at Baker Falls is the perfect resurgence of the beloved Brooklyn Knitting Factory outpost meeting the downtown Manhattan rock scene. Located in the former Pyramid Club, the venue has something for everyone and honors the storied history of the space (home to the first Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers shows). Outfitted with a cafe that operates during the day, performance space, full bar, and lounge, The Knitting Factory at Baker Falls draws folks from all walks of life into its inclusive, exciting realm. Be sure to check out the eccentric lounge downstairs after the show, a great spot to hang and keep the vibes going.

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Superior Ingredients

Superior Ingredients is a unique multilevel music venue with a focus on the dance/house scene. Enjoy the skyline view from the glass encased roof, or vibe in the club inside.

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SummerStage

Hosting their first show in the early 70s, the Central Park SummerStage has been home to countless festivals, spoken word, and dance events. The majority of performances here are either benefit shows or free admission that typically span from June to October. Grab your sunglasses and head to the park for some epic outdoor dancing.

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Forest Hills Stadium

An awesome outside venue in the heart of Queens where you want to see a big show in the summer or early fall. There’s both GA standing and stadium seating, so you can choose your own adventure. You can find lots of food and drink options inside the stadium, and the staff is super helpful and friendly.

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The Sultan Room

The Sultan Room has quickly become one of our favorite venues. It’s a great spot for a smaller show inside or a sunset show on the roof. The wall behind the stage downstairs features an epic light display that we didn’t know we needed, but we do. The roof has a chiller vibe and smaller stage with room to sit or dance. If you’re hungry, there’s an awesome sit down restaurant, The Turk’s Inn, that’s decorated like the inside of your quirky great-aunt’s house. For a faster bite, the Döner Kebab takeout window never disappoints.

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Knockdown Center

Knockdown is an awesome space that hosts a range of awesome artists and events. There’s the indoor space where you’ll be most winter, “The Ruins” space outdoors where you’ll be groovin’ during the summer and fall, and “The Basement” club where you’ll be year-round in the wee hours of the morning.

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Mackenzie Shrieve

Mackenzie Shrieve gets gigs, whether she’s booking or playing them herself. As the Operations Manager at the concierge booking platform, GigFinesse, Mackenzie oversees a team focused on transforming and improving the booking process between venues and artists. As a singer/songwriter, Mackenzie makes folk/indie/rock music with a twist of pop and deeply personal lyrics.

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Crystal Desai

Crystal Desai knows how healing and transformative live music can be. Since moving to New York, the Florida native has been building her professional and personal life supporting the power of live music. Currently, she is working with the music tech startup, HiFi Labs, a creative incubator and artist mentorship collective that leverages technology to build and support artists communities. During the pandemic, after a live music hiatus, she was eager to find other ways to support artists in NY, so she created the concert series, Willo, where artists and fans can come together for an intimate show focused on the music. 

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Dan Melnick

Dan Melnick brings great music to life. The entrepreneur, concert producer, professor, and artist, understands the power of human connection through art. His passion for concerts has driven his career: First, without a background in the music industry, he started TurnStyle Music Group, a music booking and promotional agency spanning four cities. Today, he’s General Manager at Sonicbids, an online platform that connects bands, music promoters and major brands. Over the course of his career, Dan has booked over 6,000 artists and 2,000 concerts, so needless to say, he’s an expert. He also teaches Concert Promotion at the Roc Nation School of Music, sharing his extensive knowledge with the next generation and building a legacy that’s here to last.

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Brett Wachtel

Brett Wachtel builds community and connection through harnessing a shared passion for music. The journalist, photographer, manager and founder understands the way music can become a safe haven and often create a transformative experience. Songs and lyrics can change your life, and Brett’s work encompasses all aspects of music, both past and present, in his personal and professional lives. From managing the five-piece rock band, Uncle Skunk, to creating an epic music Instagram blog, FN Good Music, to putting on events, and curating fire playlists, he really does it all. And it’s FN good!

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Joe Kelley

Joe Kelley knows what’s hot, well before the rest of us. The Massachusetts-bred founder, music manager, PR wizard, and community builder is always at the forefront of the latest music trends, industry news, and emerging talent

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Cody Celestin

Cody Celestin’s got the mic, and he’s here to share it. The label manager, writer, musician, rapper, creator, and emcee extraordinaire brings people together, creating community and bringing creativity to life. His band, The Café Music Group, not only plays shows but also puts on The Cafe Open Mic, an open mic night that provides a safe space and platform for up and coming artists in the city to express themselves, from live music to poetry to writing and more.

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Red Lantern

The Red Lantern party, a Lunar New Year celebration that brings together different social, musical, and artistic nightlife cultures, seeks to strengthen the pride around the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community within NYC nightlife. It will showcase the diverse and colorful culture, history, and traditions of the AAPI community through curated displays and decorations and carefully selected musical artists.

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groovecode

Aka the way we groove. Our community supports each other to maintain a safe and groovy environment for all. Read on for a sense of our ethos.

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Mental Health in the Music Industry

Mental health affects all of us. From children finding their way in school, to older folks enjoying their retirement, it can always be a challenge to keep our minds in the right space. This is especially true in the music business, an industry that works around the clock and often forces artists and business people out of their comfort zones.

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FAQs

The groovement is a community for all lovers of live music. Read on to learn about how to use all the features of our platform, sign up for groovemail, get in touch, and more!

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Backline

Backline is a company everyone in the music industry should know about. Founded in 2019, Backline is a non-profit that facilitates free or discounted mental health services to all members of the music business.

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What’s groovin’ in November?

While we can’t believe it’s already November, we’re feeling very thankful for all the awesome shows this month.

This week, we’ve got six nights of R&B, jazz & hip hop with pianist, composer and producer, Robert Glasper. The four-time Grammy nominee is hitting Blue Note Jazz Club Tuesday-Sunday.

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What’s groovin’ in October?

We hope everyone is having a great weekend and is as pumped as we are for this fall weather and all the awesome artists we have playing this month.

First, start this week off with some badass ladies of indie pop, Boy Genius w/ MUNA, at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Then, we’ve got the Southern California rock band, Sun Room, at Webster Hall on Thursday. We’re giving away tickets to some lucky groovers, so be sure to enter to win here by Tuesday! This weekend, head back to MSG for South African DJ, record producer & songwriter, Black Coffee, on Saturday.

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What’s groovin’ in September

We hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and is as pumped as we are for all the awesome shows in September! 

This week, the legendary rock band, Eagles, are kicking off their final tour. After over half a century of making music, they begin “The Long Goodbye” at Madison Square Garden on Thursday and Friday, so don’t miss your last chance to hear “Hotel California” live.

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What’s groovin’ in August?

Somehow it’s already August and we hope everyone’s been enjoying all the groovy times. We’ve got a ton of great artists coming this month to keep the summer vibes strong.

This week, catch some outdoor vibes with the British electronic group, Jungle, doing a DJ set on the Elsewhere Rooftop on Thursday. On Friday, head back for the sister duo, Coco & Breezy, blending house, R&B, pop and Afro-Latino vibes.

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What’s groovin’ in July?

July is stacked with so many great artists to keep you groovin’ through this summer.

This week, head to the Rooftop at Pier 17 for some reggae rock vibes, with Rebelution on Thursday and Friday. For some jazz, funk, R&B and soul-inspired brass music, check out Dirty Dozen Brass Band, celebrating over 40 years since their founding at Blue Note Jazz Club on Thursday-Sunday.

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What’s groovin’ in June?

Summer is here, and we are so stoked for all the artists coming in June. June is pride month, and there’s a ton of great shows celebrating, including Planet Pride Festival, with Gorgon City, Gareth Emery and Coco & Breezy, at Brooklyn Mirage, or Dreamland: Pride in Central Park with Purple Disco Machine. June also marks the beginning of SummerStage, the seasonal outdoor venue in Central Park.

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