Sony Hall, the forthcoming new venue set to open this month in Manhattan’s Theater District, revealed its first slate of shows today (March 21). The new space at 235 West 46th Street at the Paramount Hotel will feature performances by the likes of Wale, Mura Masa, Gregory Porter, Toad the Wet Sprocket and The Revolution in a number of dates that extend until October.
Sony Hall came to life as a partnership between Blue Note Entertainment Group — which owns NYC venues such as the Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King’s and the Highline Ballroom — and sponsor Sony Corp., with BNEG president Steve Bensusan telling Billboard in an interview earlier this month that the venue will be “following the classic jazz club model — good food, good drink, world-class music.”
As previously announced, MGMT will perform at its grand opening on Tuesday, March 27, with select fans getting a chance to see the show for free. The band, according to a statement from Bensusan, “embod[ies] the overall experience we plan to offer at Sony Hall.”
Sony Hall will have capacities of 500 (seated) and 1,000 (standing), and will incorporate a slew of sound, video and lighting integrations from Sony Corp.’s latest slate of tech products. It will also serve as the main site for the annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, which will be entering its seventh year in a month-long showcase throughout the month of June.
After MGMT helps inaugurate the venue on the 27th, Mura Masa will take the stage on March 31, with Wale (May 11) and Gregory Porter (June 3 and 4) the next announced headliners, with more to be announced. Check out the full lineup of new shows below.
3/31: Mura Masa
6/3 and 6/4: Gregory Porter
6/24 and 6/25: Chris Botti
7/20: Fito Páez
8/8: Toad The Wet Sprocket
10/5 and 10/6: Buika
10/9: Eric Hutchinson
10/11 and 10/12: The Revolution
10/13 and 10/14: Madeleine Peyroux