[le] poisson rouge158 Bleecker St, New York, NY
- Music every night:
- Age Restrictions:
- all ages
- a loaded bar, a food menu, and some great complimentary trail mix
(Le) Poisson Rouge is a multimedia art cabaret founded by musicians on the former site of the historic Village Gate. Dedicated to the fusion of popular and art cultures in music, film, theater, dance, and fine art, the venue’s mission is to revive the symbiotic relationship between art and revelry: to establish a creative asylum or both artists and audiences. LPR prides itself in offering the highest quality eclectic programming, impeccable acoustics, and bold design. The state-of-the art performance space offers full flexibility in multiple configurations: seated, standing, in-the-round, and numerous alternative arrangements.
Acoustically, this is the best new venue in New York City. The sound design was done by the same gent to designed Electric Ladyland Studios, and the owners put so much into the acoustical engineering that they had to skimp on paint, hence the all black interior. It works though, there’s a no bullshit attitude about the place, even though there’s some formal seating that would seem swanky at other venues, the hospitality at (Le) Poisson Rouge further emphasizes the care put into the whole package. You feel comfortable when you experience the music, and it IS an experience in a room that sounds so full, and at one show I heard the leader of the opening band state that he and his musicians had never been treated so well by a venue. They offer multiple stage setups, including a mobile circular stage (Le) Poisson Rouge just opened in June of 2008 but already the programming has be great, ranging from contemporary jazz, modern classical, and rock and roll. Recent performers have been John Zorn and Lou Reed, So Percussion, Avishai Cohen, Max Richter, and They Might Be Giants. (Le) Poisson Rouge also often has openers for other groups, so it’s often a great way to be exposed to two bands for one cover.