Everywhere I go people are talking about Live at the Ludlow Garage, the new performance venue that opens next week in the Gaslight District. Because I live in the neighborhood, people assume I know everything about it; no end of questions have come my way, and at first all I could say was, “I don’t know any more than you do.” Gradually, though, I’ve pieced together some facts with the help of Scott Crawford, the owner of the Garage, and Kevin Blum, who books the shows. Since people still ask where it is, I should start by saying that that it’s located at 342 Ludlow Avenue, where Olive’s used to be. Other frequently-asked questions include:
What kind of performance venue will it be? Live at Ludlow Garage will offer a unique concert experience. Expect an intimate, up-close concert experience with superb acoustics. With only 262 seats, it will be like seeing the national acts in your own living room.
How do I buy tickets? That’s simple: go to the website, liveattheludlowgarage.com, clicks the EVENTS tab, which will reveal the acts scheduled to perform there; beneath those pictures you’ll see the word BUY; from there it’s self-explanatory.
Can I buy tickets at the door on the night of the show? Yes, but because these are national acts playing a small venue, many shows will sell out before the night of the concert.
What kind of music will be featured? The list would include roots music of every style (including folk and blues), world music, pop music, jazz, rap and reggae (Matisyahu), and acts like the California Guitar Trio or Jake Shimabukuro, both of whom play a very eclectic style of music. In keeping with the intimate atmosphere, you’ll mostly hear acoustic instruments, some by musicians who always play acoustic, and—in the spirit of MTV Unplugged—some by musicians who welcome the opportunity to perform in a more stripped-down setting.
When does it open? Oct.29th is the opening night; it kicks off the Grand Opening, with four nights in a row of live music.
How do I find out who’s playing there? On the website, click the EVENTS tab, and you’ll all the upcoming concerts. And to learn about newly-added shows as soon as they’re added, click the op-in for email updates on the homepage of the website liveattheludlowgarage.com.
Now that we’ve got some details out of the way, let me say something much more subjective. Those of us who live in the Gaslight District are thrilled to see the Garage coming to fruition. Being able to walk to see national artists in an intimate venue, have a drink and dinner before and after – does it get any better than that? It’s great for the neighborhood, and it’s great for the whole city. There’s nothing better than a great concert, and when it’s up close and personal it’s even better. Welcome, Live at the Ludlow Garage!