Rockwood Music Hall

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Rockwood Music Hall

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Rockwood Music Hall is located on 184 Allen Street, Manhattan, between E Houston and Stanton Streets.  It lays within the circle of venues in the Bowery (roughly between Houston, A, Delancey Street, and Bowery), which includes Piano’s, the former Cake Shop, Arlene’s Grocery, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and others.

Rockwood Music Hall used to be three spaces, right next to each other on Allen, but now is just the main Stage #1.  The entrance is a phone booth-sized foyer that opens to the left.  The concert space is small, with an even smaller stage to the right – and made smaller by the piano on it (if a band has a drummer, they may have to set up on the floor).  Surrounding the stage are small tables and chairs, tightly packed and a little haphazard, giving a ‘coffee house’ vibe.  There’s some space to stand behind them, though that’s also the route to walk in the place.  The bar lies along the wall to the opposite of the entrance, from the street to the small entrance from the other space, and past that is a one-person bathroom.

Rockwood Music Hall is one of a group of low-end venues in the Bowery – small, lesser facilities, cheap drinks, etc.  In fact, it’s lower & smaller than Cake Shop, Piano’s, or even Living Room, to the point where virtually all shows there are free (though there is a sometimes-enforced drink minimum).  The ‘coffee house’ vibe & space naturally lends itself to singer/songwriters, but ones you’ve never heard of (save during CMJ, and even then, only somewhat).  And if there is someone people have heard of, the place gets packed.  Location & price might be right, but all else isn’t.

Capacity: 70



184 Allen Street (Between E Houston and Stanton Streets)

By Subway:

F train to 2nd Avenue – walk 1 block east to First Avenue/Allen Street, cross, turn right
F, J, M or Z trains to Delancey/Essex – walk 3 blocks west on North side of Delancey, 2 & 1/2 blocks north on East side of Allen

QRO Coverage:

-OSKA, March 9th, 2024 (New Colossus) – New Colossus coverage, photos

-Zola, March 8th, 2024 (New Colossus) – New Colossus coverage, photos

-Keegan Powell, with Radio Trapani, Papisa, and The Band Cope, March 7th, 2024 (New Colossus) – New Colossus coverage

-Wallis Bird, January 12th, 2022 – photos

-The Lone Bellow (Stage #2), February 6th, 2020 – live review

-Wild Moccasins, with Adam Treavis & The Soul and Mike Tedesco, June 7th, 2019 – Wild Moccasins photos, Adam Treavis & The Soul photos, Mike Tedesco photos

-Coyle Girelli, May 2nd, 2019 – photos

-Cloud Castle Lake (Stage #1), February 6th, 2018 – photos

-The Sound Scope Quartet, March 29th, 2016 – photos

-Josh Winstead, March 12th, 2016 – photos

-Sleep Thieves (Stage #1), with Rocket & The Ghost (Stage #2) and Nat Osborn Band (Stage #2), October 17th, 2015 (CMJ) – Sleep Thieves photos, Rocket & The Ghost photos, Nat Osborn Band photos

-Hundred Hounds (Stage #2), October 16th, 2015 (CMJ) – photos

-Son Little (Stage #2), with Hooton Tennis Club (Stage #2), Caitlin Mahoney (Stage #3) and Fraser A. Gorman (Stage #2), October 13th, 2015 (CMJ) – Son Little photos, Hooton Tennis Club photos, Caitlin Mahoney photos, Fraser A. Gorman photos

-Gracie and Rachel (Stage #2), June 28th, 2015 – photos

-SOAK (Stage #3), March 15th, 2015 – photos

-Genevieve (Stage #2), February 3rd, 2015 – photos

-Caitlin Canty (Stage #2), January 21st, 2015 – photos

-The Field Effect (Stage #1), October 24th, 2014 (CMJ) – photos

-Invisible Familiars (Stage #1), with She Keeps Bees, Sons of an Illustrious Father, and The Family Crest (Stage #2), October 22nd, 2014 (CMJ) – Invisible Familiars photos, She Keeps Bees photos, Sons of an Illustrious Father photos, The Family Crest photos

-Amy Speace (Stage #3), September 18th, 2014 – photos

-LP, June 6th, 2014 (WFUV event) – photos

-Jeff Campbell & Megan Stankard, October 17th, 2013 (Stage #1) (CMJ) – CMJ coverage, photos

-Ducktails, with TEEN, The Chevin, San Fermin, and Jade <3 & Blind Benny, May 11th, 2013 (Stage #2) (Downtown Music Festival) – Ducktails photos, TEEN photos, The Chevin photos, San Fermin photos, Jade <3 & Blind Benny photos

-Josh Elkes (Stage #2), with Belle Mare (Stage #1), May 10th, 2013 (Downtown Music Festival) – Josh Elkes photos, Belle Mare photos

-Matt Hires, May 2nd, 2013 (Stage #2) – photos

-Wake Owl, February 22nd, 2013 (Stage #2) – photos

-Kaki King, September 11th, 2012 (Stage #2) – photos

-Young Unknowns, September 8th, 2011 (Stage #1) – photos

-Smoke Fairies, June 21st, 2011 (Stage #2) – photos

-Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, with Turner Cody, Twi the Humble Feather, Kyan, Bing Ji Ling, Project Trio & Bandanna Splits, March 28th, 2011 (Stage #2) (Tummy Touch Records showcase) – Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players photos, Turner Cody photos, Twi the Humble Feather photos, Kyan photos, Bing Ji Ling photos, Project Trio photos, Bandanna Splits photos

-Caithlin de Marrais, February 24th, 2011 (Stage #2) – photos

-Hannah Georgas, November 10th, 2010 (Stage #1) – photos

-Au Revoir Simone, with Jaymay & Drug Rug, October 23rd, 2009 (CMJ) (Stage #1) – CMJ coverage, Au Revoir Simone photos, Jaymay photos, Drug Rug photos

Au Revoir Simone

Rockwood Music Hall

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