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Published: 2012/12/31

New York’s Living Room to Move Locations

New York’s The Living Room will close its doors in January and move to a new location. For the past 10 years, the venue has been located at 154 Ludlow Street in New York’s Lower East Side. The club gave rise to a generation of folk musicians and singer/songwriters, including Norah Jones, Martha Wainwright, Chris Thile, Ron Sexsmith, Joseph Arthur, Nellie McKay, Glen Hansard, Ingrid Michaelson, the Lumineers, Conor Oberst and American Babies, among others.

“Playing at The Living Room was an experience that greatly affected me starting out as a musician in NYC and it continues to be one of my favorite places to hear live music,” says Norah Jones.

The club’s current lease will expire on January 31, 2013. A week-long celebration honoring the space is planned for January 20 – 26, and the run will feature some of the artists whose careers are so much a part of its history.

Founder Jennifer Gilson has announced a PledgeMusic campaign to cover relocation costs, with some of the proceeds going to Musicians On Call, an organization that brings live and recorded music to patients in healthcare facilities.

In 1997, Gilson transformed a fried chicken shack on Allen Street before relocating to Ludlow Street in 2003. The venue quickly became a “real social scene with musicians and artists and likeminded people hanging out before and after gigs,” remembers Steve Rosenthal, Jennifer’s husband and partner. A three-time Grammy-winning producer and engineer, Rosenthal is the founder of the Magic Shop recording studio and masterminded the sound and layout for the Ludlow space. Currently, the Living Room hosts a biweekly broadcast series on Sirius XM, From the Living Room to the Loft.

“Although this space holds the memories of innumerable great performances, I’m really excited to bring the spirit of The Living Room to a new location with fresh energy, fantastic sound and talented artists – old and new,” says Jennifer.

The club’s owners site rising costs and rent as the primary factors for moving the club. The neighboring venue Piano’s is expected to take over the Living Room’s current location. Fans can contribute to the club’s PledgeMusic campaign here.

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