Two forthcoming venues in hallowed spaces have announced their initial lineups. Asbury Lanes, the Bowery Presents reboot of the 57-year-old bowling-and-music dive in Asbury Park, will open May 25 with a Cold Seas show, and Coney Island Baby, the new incarnation of the former Brownies and HiFi space in the East Village, opens April 26 with hardcore legends Murphy’s Law.
Asbury Lanes, the scrappy, 1960s bowling alley on the Jersey Shore that was best known to New Yorkers as the site of the annual Punk Rock Bowling festival, closed in 2015 due to structural issues. The new owners– against the wishes of some– replaced the sand with a proper concrete foundation, replaced the roof, and created a tunnel to their adjacent venue, the haute hotel, The Asbury. They also teamed with Bowery Presents– operators of Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn Steel, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rough Trade NYC, etc.– and installed state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The new venue will have double the capacity (746), thanks to a platforms that will cover the bowling lanes during shows. To top it all off: two bars and an in-house “classic diner,” open 24/7 during the season.
Bowery Presents just dropped the new venue’s official lineup, and highlights include Kurt Vile and the Violators on June 12, Tennis on June 13, Lupe Fiasco on July 1, Maxi Priest on July 6, Black Lips on July 26, and Jersey’s own Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on August 18. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon at Asbury Lanes website.
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Back in the East Village, HiFi bar, which closed last fall, will be replaced by a new venue, Coney Island Baby, that will bring the onetime Brownies space back to its live-music roots. Partners in the venue include Laura McCarthy (former owner of Brownies) and Tom Baker and Don DiLego of Velvet Elk Records. Also involved is Jesse Malin, the musician who co-owns East Village bars Niagara, Berlin, Bowery Electric, and who also helped open bygone St. Marks venue Coney Island High (hence the name Coney Island Baby, which conveniently doubles as a Lou Reed reference).
The venue will pay deference to its neighbor– formerly the site of 171 A, a rehearsal space and studio where Bad Brains, the Beastie Boys, and various hardcore acts recorded early albums– with shows by Murphy’s Law (April 26) and The Mob (May 11), as well as an installment of the annual hardcore festival, the Black N’ Blue Ball (May 18).
In a press release, DiLego says the “extremely artist-friendly venue” will have “a clubhouse vibe,” and Malin says he’s hoping to “bring live music back to the old Apple.”
Here’s the initial Coney Island Baby lineup; tickets are on sale now.