Brooklyn Made Concert Venue puts the biggest bands in a small room


It came to Anthony Makes in a dream.

Makes, the former president of Live Nation New York and a veteran of Bowery Presents, woke up one morning in 2017 next to his then-girlfriend (now wife) with the idea of ​​a business and her name on your mind.

“I turned to her and said, ‘I just had the coolest dream of my life. I want to open a business called Brooklyn does and make a concert hall. I want this to happen, ”Makes told InsideHook. “That was four years ago. I stuck with the dream and the idea and decided to act three years later.

Acting on his dream led him to team up with the band’s Kelly Winrich Delta Spirit to acquire a mysterious former warehouse on Troutman Street in Bushwick that the previous owner had been renovating for nearly a decade in the hope of using it as a concert hall. With the intention of opening in the spring of 2020, the warehouse owner decided he wanted to go out and contacted Winrich, who he was already friends with.

“It was all very fortuitous. We met him and we hit it off really well, ”says Makes, originally from Queens. “The folks at Bowery and Live Nation had all tried to get along with him and he wouldn’t have anything to do with them. He just loved my vibe, our plans and who we all are. took over the site last November.

This place, obviously called Brooklyn does, opened last night with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy playing the first of two shows to christen the 500-capacity performance space, which features state-of-the-art lighting designed by Jeremy Roth (Wilco, Nathaniel Rateliff, Morning Jacket) and a high -End sound system from D&B Audiotechnik that Winrich helped customize.

“Kelly and I were both very keen on sparing no expense and expense in bringing the most breathtaking lights and sounds ever,” Makes said. “It’s a major atmosphere in there. You are in this intimate little setting with Jeff Tweedy or Band of Horses or Steve Earle just above you, watching you.

The exterior of Brooklyn Made before Jeff Tweedy opened it.

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At the Tweedy’s opening show Thursday night, that was pretty much the case. as the 54-year-old worked his way through a solo set that lasted nearly two hours, from solo material (“Some Birds”) to Wilco standards (“Jesus, Etc.”) on a few select occasions. (“Don’t Let Me Down”). While the feeling in the room was not as intimate as, say, a cozy jazz club, the artist or audience didn’t miss much, as the drinks wasted and song requests shouted – followed. Tweedy’s immediate and inimitable banter – were just as audible as his crisp guitar and vocals work.

Tweedy, who could easily sell a much larger venue solo or with his band, is the first of many top performers Makes hopes to book in Brooklyn Made by offering guest performers perks like a spacious on-site residence with an outdoor pool. private and multiple rooftop terraces offering panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline – as well as paying a significant portion of the face value of tickets as entertainment expenses.

“After traveling the world for almost 20 years, a great thing for my partner Kelly was to create an environment where the performers would be blown away and so comfortable that they can’t wait to come back here and perform for multiple nights,” Fact said. “I think that’s what it’s going to evolve into. That’s my personal goal. I feel like this place is built for big groups to do.” underestimated. This is what keeps me going and turns me on.

To make up for what it pays to attract top talent like Tweedy to Bushwick, Brooklyn Made’s Music Room will operate alongside an adjoining all-day bar called Connie’s, featuring an outdoor courtyard and terrace. on the roof on the second level which will offer food and drink until the early hours of the morning. in the morning on non-show days as well as providing a place for spectators before and after the shows. Brooklyn Made will also run a cafe next door called the Standing Room which will open early for breakfast and coffee, then transform into a cocktail / wine / tapas bar with full food in the afternoons and evenings.

Come for the music, stay for the Manhattan view

Come for the music, stay for the Manhattan view.

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“We try to do a different model with the artists and make them earn more gross and use other sources of income. [for us]. I’m trying to remake the model to give them everything and just cover our minimum house expenses for a show, ”says Makes, 52. “We plan to be a thriving day-to-day business with the intention of not having to depend on a typical cookie-cutter venue that opens at 7 am and everyone shows up at 9 am to head up. poster, has his two classes of draft beer in a mug, and leaves. I was just making the draft beers list and these are all the local breweries we use. You don’t walk into a lot of places with a full cocktail list and the food menu is excellent as well. It’s a different experience and I don’t know of any other business models like this. I am setting up my own bet. I haven’t seen this happen, so I’m trying to create it.

Looks like his dream is coming true.

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