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Published: 2013/11/14

New York City’s Sullivan Hall Abruptly Closes

Sullivan Hall has unexpectedly closed its doors. The news broke last night that the Greenwich Villeage venue, which was known as the Lion’s Den when it first opened 1991, would be closing. CEG Presents—who book the venue—shared a statement that reads:

Live music venue Sullivan Hall in Manhattan is officially and permanently closed, as is DJ club Sullivan Room. We’ve been going month to month for nearly a year hoping we can get a new lease or an extension, but the ownership of the building decided to go in a different direction with the space. We knew that our future there was limited, but we did not anticipate the abrupt closure yesterday. We apologize to all of the performers who were unable to reschedule; the employees of the club who were given little to no notice; and all of the fans who were planning on attending our upcoming shows. While we are disappointed, we are thankful for a very long run as a music venue in New York City, and are very proud of what we accomplished.

In anticipation of the venue’s closure, CEG Presents who booked Sullivan Hall, has formed new booking agreements with venues such as Drom in the East Village, Fontana’s on the Lower East Side, new outdoor downtown venue Watermark, etc. CEG also books shows at many area venues including BB King’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Cutting Room, Highline Ballroom, Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, Le Poisson Rouge, etc. In addition, CEG does concert cruises w/ Rocks Off and Circle Line during the summer; books shows in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia; produces annual events such as the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball and Summer Jazz Festival; and does an annual series during the evenings and weekends of Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The Lion’s Den opened in 1991. CEG started booking the venue in 1996, and quickly made it a strong competitor to other comparably-sized NYC venues. In order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of live music venues in New York City, it was CEG’s vision to upgrade the Lion’s Den to the revamped Sullivan Hall in 2008. We’re proud of the stellar lineup of musicians that CEG booked at Lion’s Den and Sullivan Hall through the years: each member of Phish (Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell), Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Dashboard Confessional, Dennis Brown, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Heads, Disco Biscuits, Dr. John, English Beat, Lotus, The Low Anthem, Marco Benevento, Marc Ribot, Matisyahu, Meat Puppets, Medeski Martin & Hunter, moe., Mos Def, ? uestlove, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Rubblebucket, Six Cheek (The Lumineers), String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey’s McGee, Warren Haynes, Zac Brown Band and many more.

Throughout the years, CEG developed many young acts in the space that went on to much lager venues and that tradition continued to the very end with up & coming acts such as Dopapod, The Main Squeeze, The Revivalists, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and many more.

Prior to CEG’s involvement, Alice in Chains and Ben Folds Five did early gigs in their career at Lion’s Den.

We are so grateful to all of the musicians, fans, and members of the music industry for an incredible 17 year run and we look forward to being with all of you at our future shows for the next 17 years and more.

We’ll post any news on rescheduled shows as soon as we get it. For now, here’s a photo gallery from one of Phil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band’s shows at the venue this summer.


There are 10 comments associated with this post

pm November 14, 2013, 13:44:34

Typical for capitalism, some Saudi, Chinaman or Russian would pay millions to have a 1500 square foot apt, just a matter of time before they start doing the same in Brooklyn..shame

Walter November 14, 2013, 14:24:04

Chinaman is not the preferred nomenclature, dude.

steve b November 14, 2013, 15:01:47

WTF!!! I used to say that I cant leave the Bronx due to the close proximity of all the live music I have such easy access to. CBGB, Roseland, Sullivan Hall, Southpaw, Knitting Factory had to relocate, The Bottom Line, Don Hills…. So lame and not even a second of thought for the folks who now have no jobs with out even a weeks notice.

Matthew November 14, 2013, 14:29:23

“some Saudi, Chinaman or Russian” The capitalists you’re talking about are the Americans in NYC who are “taking the building in a different direction”. You’re just a racist. Which is how capitalists get people against each other to treat us like property.

Joshua Kat November 14, 2013, 15:44:11

Leases don’t just “suddenly” expire. If truly a lease issue, this date was know for a long, long time. Sad that the music can’t continue but no one can be shocked…

Phishy November 15, 2013, 00:28:46

Lease ends during the middle of a month? #justsaying

steve b November 15, 2013, 09:09:44

Are you guys from NYC? must not be, month to month leases happen all the time. My lease (though residential not commercial) is on the 15th of every month and on a month to month basis. Nothing Phishy at all- just NYC real estate market. PM is right on- BKLYN is next.

soul stu November 16, 2013, 12:09:32

Gravity A from New Orleans was supposed to play there last Thursday. After driving all the way from Louisiana, they got to NYC to find out that their gig had been cancelled & they received NO COMPENSATION! What a bullshit way to treat a hardworking young band, CEG entertainment.

Mayor Bloomberg November 17, 2013, 09:49:22

Steve B: Just had to throw a Phish reference in there didn’t you. Shame on you!

PM November 19, 2013, 18:03:44

Sorry for the chinaman thing, didn’t know it was racist, not the intention.

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