Tag: New York

‘Made for Music, Built for Hockey’

As UBS Arena prepares to join the New York City market, where the urban landscape brings challenges at large concert venues, the development team has put a focus on concerts from the artist experience.

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Gallery Adds to Theater’s Offerings

Brian Doyle, Jim Condron, Stephen Ubertini and Dominick Catoggio, co-owners of The Paramount, all took part in creating the Spotlight immersive art gallery, which occupies a space next to the Huntington, N.Y., theater. (Judy Walker Photography) The Paramount on Long Island puts the focus on experiential art in its new space, Spotlight One of the key dangers for concert halls is becoming too one-dimensional, thus limiting their long-term growth.  But a new breed of concert halls is starting to redefine themselves and expand far beyond the traditional offerings of music, comedy and sports events. Perhaps one of the most innovative and audacious efforts in this vein is the Spotlight immersive art gallery that The Paramount in Huntington, N.Y., opened in September.  The gallery, which is curated by Krystin Banko, features “experiential” live art, affording visitors an opportunity to observe art as it’s created.  She characterized the art as primarily “physical visual […]

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Durability a Priority in Restroom Refurbs

The $8.5 million project at Oncenter War Memorial Arena included new dividers for the venue’s 12 restrooms. (Courtesy Scranton Products) Makeovers at Syracuse arena holding up well — and in team colors The recent $8.5 million transformation of the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, N.Y., covered everything from new luxury boxes to updated videoboards and fresh Ephesus lighting. Those additions to the 6,230-seat multipurpose arena, home to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League are the most visible, but the upgrades touch on nearly every aspect of the venue, right down to the partitions in the restrooms.  The updates, completed a year ago at the now 61-year-old arena, remade what was one of only two NHL or AHL hockey arenas without box suites and VIP experiences. They also included a new high-definition scoreboard and full 360-degree ribbon boards, fresh lighting a digital marquee, new seating with the Crunch […]

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Yormark: ‘Happy I Was Able to Play a Role’

Brett Yormark helped bring big-time sports and entertainment to Brooklyn. (Courtesy BSE Global) Outgoing BSE Global CEO reflects on Barclays Center’s meaning to Brooklyn Brett Yormark, CEO of BSE Global, parent company of Barclays Center and the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, is leaving the organization this month. The timing coincides with Mikhail Prokhorov’s sale of the remaining 51 percent of the team, plus the arena that he owned, to Joseph Tsai, executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group Holding, a Chinese company specializing in retail technologies. Tsai paid a reported $1.35 billion for the balance of the team after paying Prokhorov $1 billion last year to purchase 49 percent. Separately, Tsai will pay about $1 billion for the arena, according to published reports. Yormark reflected on his 14-year tenure with the Nets, dating to their days as a New Jersey team. What’s your next move? I’m not going to announce it yet. […]

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Down to the Tweaks at U.S. Open’s Home

Arthur Ashe Stadium (center) and Louis Armstrong Stadium (right) anchor the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. (Getty Images) With $600M project behind it, USTA fine-tunes the results The heavy lifting of a $600 million, seven-year revamp of the U.S. Tennis Association’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., wrapped up in time for the 2018 U.S. Open. Now, one year removed, the USTA has waded through lessons learned as it approaches the 2019 event, which runs Aug. 26 through Sept. 8. “This was a massive undertaking for the organization financially, financing this ourselves,” said Danny Zausner, chief operating officer of the tennis center. “At the conclusion of 2018 I couldn’t go back to the board and ask for another $500 million to build more. This had to stand the test of time.”  The site’s transformation included opening Court 17 in 2011; rebuilding the […]

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Q&A: Peter Shapiro Sweats the Small Stuff

Peter Shapiro at Brooklyn Bowl. (Courtesy Brooklyn Bowl) The concert impresario will break down his world-class venues (and squirrels) at this year’s VenuesNow Conference For the last two decades, promoter and venue operator Peter Shapiro has amassed one of the most formidable portfolios in the live music business. The 46-year-old began his career in the late 1990s, booking and operating jam-friendly Manhattan club Wetlands, and has since built an independent empire, from orchestrating the Grateful Dead’s highly lucrative Fare Thee Well shows in 2015 to founding left-of-center festival Lockn’ in rural Virginia. But Shapiro’s crown jewels remain Brooklyn Bowl and the Capitol Theatre. The former, a 1,000-capacity club in the borough’s posh Williamsburg neighborhood that includes a restaurant and bowling lanes, is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has spawned an affiliate location in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Shapiro renovated and reopened the Capitol Theatre, the Port Chester, N.Y.,  room that hosted […]

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The Iridium: A Small Big Deal

The Iridium on Broadway in Manhattan is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. (All Photos Courtesy The Iridium) NYC club, known as the home of Les Paul, is celebrating 25 years and looking to expand Ron Sturm opened concert venue The Iridium on 63rd Street in Manhattan in 1994 because his father, who owned a restaurant in the space at the time, didn’t know what to do with the empty basement. “Originally, we were thinking about being some kind of dance club,” Sturm said. “We didn’t even know what a promoter was.” The club opened on Dec.19, 1994, with bassist Jay Leonhart headlining. Now 25 years and thousands of artists and sold tickets later, The Iridium is celebrating what the locals call “the house that Les built.” “Les” would be legendary jazz and blues guitarist Les Paul, who famously played The Iridium every Monday night in what may have been […]

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Intimacy Issues: How Small Buildings Take on Big Shows

Columbia, S.C.’s 1,200-capacity The Senate is one of the small rooms that  hosted J. Cole’s “underplay” tour in 2017. (Courtesy The Senate)  The ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ trend continues as Madonna’s coming tour heads for the opera house  Jaws dropped when Madonna announced that her new tour would start in September at the 2,100-seat Howard Gilman Opera House at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and move into similarly small rooms for the remainder of the 48-show tour.  Madonna, who practically invented the crowd-pleasing, production-heavy tours we see today, has been selling out arenas and stadiums since the 1980s and holds the record for the best-selling tour by a female artist in live event history after she grossed $411 million from 84 shows with her 2008-09 Sweet & Sticky Tour, according to Pollstar. Madonna said she’s looking forward to performing in more intimate settings. She may have been inspired by the Las Vegas […]

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Mountain Jam Returns to Form

Mountain Jam festival founder Gary Chetkof calls the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts main stage “the Taj Mahal of amphitheaters.” (Courtesy Mountain Jam) Festival moves to Woodstock site, embraces jam-band roots Mountain Jam, the upstate New York music festival celebrating the spirit of the original Woodstock, marks its 15th year with a new production team, a new venue and a renewed commitment to its jam-band roots. Gary Chetkof, owner of Radio Woodstock and founder of Mountain Jam, formed a new partnership with Live Nation and relocated the festival from Hunter Mountain to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, about a two-hour drive southwest of the old site. Mountain Jam dates are June 13-16, featuring headliners Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Avett Brothers, Phil Lesh & Friends and Willie Nelson & Family, as part of the Outlaw Music Festival tour. The Bethel Woods property is the site of […]

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Top Mexican Wrestling Group Coming to MSG

A poster advertises the September date at Madison Square Garden, which is being announced Thursday. Lucha Libre AAA announcing September date as part of U.S. push Lucha Libre AAA, Mexico’s premier wrestling organization, is announcing plans Thursday to stage an event on U.S. soil at one of the world’s most iconic arenas. On Sept. 15, Lucha Libre AAA’s famed luchadores will descend on Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden for a colorful program that also represents a new American expansion effort by the league. “Lucha Libre needs to arrive in America,” AAA managing director Dorian Roldán said. “We are trying to break the walls. We are trying to bring part of the Mexican culture, trying to bring a little bit of Mexico to America through the Lucha Libre.” The show Roldán envisions — which he says the AAA team is still “brainstorming” — will make the league as accessible to American audiences […]

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