on October 16, 2000
This was the first time I had been to a concert at this location and it is quite nice. The setting is small and fairly intimate. It is standing room only which gets old after a couple of hours and two opening acts, but still...
The sound is decent and the lighting pretty good as well. The floors and stage are wood and there is a nice balcony that curves around the back of the theater. My boyfriend and I got there around 8pm (when the show was scheduled to start) and we were able to find a spot very easily. It filled in later, but never got crowded. I don't imagine the place has a capacity of more than about 400 people.
There is a small bar at the back of the venue. They allow smoking (which wasn't a plus as far as I was concerned). At any rate, I'd go back there to see another show. Billy Bragg was very entertaining. I liked dancing to his renditions of the Woodie Guthrie tunes that make up his last two releases. If you don't like his music, you might laugh at his original and very British take on life and American politics. The two opening acts, Western Electric and Kevin So, weren't bad either.
Irving Plaza is right off of Union Square (near 14 St). They have shows frequently and feature all sorts of music. The website is: www.irvingplaza.com.
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