66 N 6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Hours: Music times vary
Subway: L to Bedford
Written by: Rachel Antonio
In 2007, the former North 6 music venue followed in the footsteps of its surrounding neighbors and experienced a major transition. From a low-key local music space attracting surprisingly notorious musicians, the new Bowery Presents Music Hall of Williamsburg has become a premier music venue and a major Brooklyn hot spot.
Don’t let the trendy kids standing outside distract you; the crowds here are eclectic, casual, and respectful. Patrons whoop and scream at their favorite artists and dance in their allotted space, all the while somehow holding onto their beer without spilling a drop.
The venue’s interior maintains a fresh look and feel, with its high ceiling, exposed-brick walls, hardwood floors, and wrought iron barricades. Although the space reads as cool and modern, it is nonetheless welcoming and comforting. It features two bars, a main standing room with elevated sides and a mezzanine with a few circular tables and chairs.
It is a venue for national acts, which often have great local talent opening for them. Indie bands grace the stage often. One headline tour consisted of Harper Blynn, Cray Brothers, and Greg Laswell, however, many other genres fill the venue’s calendar: Mates of State, Kelis, Deer Tick, Elizabeth & The Catapult, The Honey Brothers, Aimee Mann, Dan Zanes and Friends, Matisyahu and more.
Williamsburg has always been characterized by its free-for-all vibe, hence quirky, fun moments are a part of the culture at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Pete Harper, musician and founder of the local Brooklyn band Harper Blynn, once taunted the crowd right before the band broke out in an all-male rendition of Beyonce’s “Halo,” by saying: “If you can’t dance to this, you’re never going to have sex again!”