Last year, the team behind Glasslands, the show space that shuttered alongside 285 Kent when Vice Media took over their space on the Williamsburg waterfront, announced that they’d be moving a little bit east and investing $3 million in a new, 24,000-square-foot venue in a former warehouse. Elsewhere opened Tuesday with a Battles show that doubled as a Halloween blowout, and is already serving up a full slate of programming. We stopped by last night as ADULT. finished up their show and learned something interesting about the stage.
“The stage does vibrate a lot, you wouldn’t know,” lead singer Nicola Kuperus told the black-clad crowd. “I’ve probably had a lot of orgasms while I was [up here]… No, I’m kidding. That happened earlier, I’m out.”
Whether or not the stage doubles as an Orgasmatron, it does have some very trippy lighting. The owners, who also operate the booking/promotion agency Popgun Presents, have pulled out all the stops here. The upstairs Loft opens at noon daily for coffee service and laptopping, and stays open for post-show cocktails.
When we stopped in last night, there was a sign-up sheet for a Nov. 7 event during which digital artist David Lobster and experimental ambient musician Noveller will perform and immersive IRL version of their recently created “psychedelic virtual reality dreamscape.”
Elsewhere at Elsewhere, a small stage is reserved for emerging talent, while the main “Hall” hosts larger acts like chiptunes greats Anamanaguchi (Nov. 10), Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters (Nov. 12), Parquet Courts (Nov. 19), and John Maus (Feb. 14). There will also be parties with DJs like Soul Clap (Nov. 18).
Size-wise, the concert hall at Elsewhere falls somewhere between kindred spirit Baby’s All Right and that other ambitious newcomer to the area, Brooklyn Steel. In fact, with its raw, industrial look, it resembles a baby Brooklyn Steel.
One distinctive element: art is dotted all around the place, thanks to art director Igal Nassima, who previously ran the 319 Scholes gallery. In the entrance courtyard, the local ART404 art collective has installed a sculpture that takes selfies with you and posts them to Twitter.
Even the sign for the lofted unisex bathrooms looks like something you’d see in a booth at Art Basel.
On top of all this, a rooftop bar opening next spring will offer a lovely view of the concrete mixing yard across the street.
Elsewhere, 599 Johnson Ave., bet. Gardner and Scott Aves; East Williamsburg.