The HighLine Ballroom, a new performance space in New York's meat packing district on 16th Street (between 9th & 10th Aves), will open April 30 with a concert by Lou Reed.

The first month at the HighLine Ballroom will feature performances by Mos Def, Amy Winehouse, Jonatha Brooke, Spank Rock, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, moe., and Disco Biscuits.

Inspired by the aesthetics of High Line Park, the HighLine Ballroom features a minimal industrial d├ęcor providing open sightlines of the stage from every area within the club. Outfitted with a state-of-the-art PA, digital sound boards, state-of-the-art lighting and what's billed as the largest stage in the city for a club of comparable size, the 700 capacity venue will book bands at all levels.

Steven Bensusan, owner of the HighLine Ballroom, also owns the Blue Note Jazz Club and B.B. King Blues Club in New York. "We are proud to have been operating as an independent promoter in New York for over 25 years and are looking forward to the club launch and presenting more great music," Bensusan says.

The HighLine Ballroom will donate $.25 from every ticket sold to Friends of the High Line, the non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and reuse of the High Line elevated rail structure.

AEG Live will partner on all HighLine Ballroom shows.