Concert discovery platform Bandsintown has announced the launch of a new studio space in New York City, kicking off with a series events celebrated The Velvet Underground running through the rest of the year.
The Bandsintown Studio is a dedicated performance spaced housed in the new Velvet Underground Experience — a multi-media art and music exhibition spotlighting the iconic band’s early NYC roots and its influence on modern music, fashion, art and popular culture, set against the backdrop of the band’s early days of collaborating with Andy Warhol.
The Bandsintown Studio will play host to various conversations and panels, featuring a range of cultural figures with close ties to the band, on every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. through Dec. 30. Co-founder of The Velvet Underground John Cale will participate in a special moderated Q&A this Thursday, during which fans will be able to hear about the band’s influence and legacy, as well as Cale’s personal relationship with Lou Reed, among other things.
Additionally, the intimate 100-capacity venue will also feature an ongoing bi-weekly residency showcasing performances from emerging artists in multiple genres who have been influenced by The Velvet Underground. Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Adrian Jean will kick off a weekly residency there, ahead of the upcoming release of his Caged Bird debut EP. Other featured speakers include cinematographer Anthony Janelli, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, author and music critic Anthony de Curtis, director M.M. Serra, director Jonathan Caouette, former Lou Reed manager Tom Sarig and more to be announced later.
“We have created the Bandsintown Studio to serve as a dedicated space within the Velvet Underground Experience to offer emerging artists a unique venue for performances and discussions dedicated to celebrating the Velvet Underground’s legacy and spirit,” said Fabrice Sergent, Bandsintown managing partner, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to include these events and conversations as part of the experience, and to help showcase the next generation of emerging artists.”