on March 7, 2001
Irving Plaza is a terrific small venue that attracts an eclectic mix of (I hate to use this term) rock musicians, along with some bluesy bands and sometimes bands from your high school days (I saw Madness here last year - and they were great). The Verve, the Cure, Prodigy, Live Everclear, Our Lady Peace, V.A.S.T., Tori Amos, Sonic Youth, and countless other innovative artists have played Irving Plaza.
Irving Plaza is a dark old theater, complete with a balcony and a small stage that often looks as if it won't be able to contain the musicians. There are no seats, and all tickets are general admission, so be sure to get there early if you actually want to see anything. The accoustics are pretty good. Irving Plaza is an "all ages" club - those under 16 have to be accompanied by an adult, and of course you have to be 21 to drink (there is a bar, so you can enjoy a drink during the show).
It's an understated place, and the crowd is usually pretty polite (depending who the band is). They have a quirky website that is slightly a pain to navigate, but it will tell you what you need to know: http://www.irvingplaza.com
You can get tickets at the Irving Plaza Box Office (Hours: Noon-6:30PM, M-F, 1-4PM Sat, 212-777-6800) or through that monumental rip-off, Ticketmaster (212-307-7171). There is a limit of 4 tickets per person. Irving Plaza also has a concert hotline: 212-777-1224.
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