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Published: 2012/08/16

Site of First NYC Phish Show to Close

Photo via Kenny’s Castaways

Kenny’s Castaways, a landmark of New York City’s Greenwich Village music scene, will close its doors in September after 45 years of business, Brooklyn Vegan reports. The venue, which hosted the first NYC-area Phish show on March 31, 1988, Mike Gordon’s 2010 Mossery event, a recent Ben Harper show, as well as performances by the New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Bruce Springstein, and many more is expected to close on September 30. According to the report, Kenny’s will become a new restaurant/music venue called Carroll Place.


There are 8 comments associated with this post

dknj August 16, 2012, 17:55:54

Thats because that place sucks donkey balls. Yeah it might have been cool in the 70s but it is a classic NY tourist Bleeker St Bullshit Bar. 5 bands a night playing 45 minute sets. No rhyme or reason involved in putting together the shows, asshole soundmen and douchebag staffers everywhere. When Wetlands came on the scene it crushed all of those crappy bars like Rock and Roll Cafe, Red Lion, and Kenny’s. No vibe at all, good riddance.

One Man August 16, 2012, 21:46:49

Oy! Bruce Springstein played there?

G August 16, 2012, 22:13:53

It is sad in one way because the room had character and a cool setup with the balcony up top, but It was a terrible place to play. Because not only did they do 5 bands per night with no theme, but if one band brought more crowd than another they’d let em keep playing to sell more drinks pushing the late slots further and further back keeping their bands fans waiting, extremely unprofessional. But yes it did have a heyday and it’s always sad when a legendary place closes, but this was not in recent years a real music venue for music lovers.

Richard August 17, 2012, 08:02:35

They did it to themselves, poor management. You pretty much have to pay to play there, not about the music only about how many drinks your crowd buys, so the band can suck for all they care. Good riddance.

Randy Floyd August 17, 2012, 09:47:24

bummer! i got on stage and briefly jammed with mike at his mossery event there. that was an awesome event and an awesome memory. i think that’s the only time i’ve been tho, so if the other reviews are accurate sounds like it was time to for it to close down

Todd E August 17, 2012, 10:20:47

That’s a shame, another Greenwich Village fixture gone. I used to see a lot of great folk and rock acts there in the 1970s. Used to spend a lot of time there and at Gerdes Folk City back in the day in the heart of the Village…plus Bottom Line a few blocks away, CBGB, Max’s — amazing time for original music in NYC.

John Dowling August 17, 2012, 11:50:16

Bruce Springstein? Is he related to Bruce Springsteen?

FM Fats August 29, 2012, 16:06:20

The joint was originally on the Upper East Side; I saw Tim Hardin there over 40 years ago. I also have great memories of seeing folks like Steve Forbert and the Roches at the Village place. It’s been a long time since the place really meant anything, though.

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