196 Allen St
New York, NY 10002
Hours: 6p-4a Daily
Subway: F to 2nd Ave or F,J,M to Delancey St or B,D to Grand St
Written by: Erika Omundson
Rockwood Music Hall initially opened as a small, intimate room with deep red hues, exposed brick, candlelight, three small rows of tables and a grand piano that occupies most of the stage. Named after its owner, Rockwood Music Hall has quickly developed a reputation for impeccable booking of the most talented musicians. With a new act every hour, audience members may come for one specific act, but end up staying for another. It is a place to discover emerging artists and a place where established artists feel comfortable playing an intimate acoustic set or joining with other musicians to experiment with new sounds.
Maintaining incredibly high musical standards and quality facilities has resulted in devoted audience-goers and repeat performances by some of most talented musicians from New York and beyond. The consensus among those who frequent Rockwood Music Hall is that it is the perfect cozy space to sit down, relax, listen to great music and discover new artists such as Julia Darling, Megan Palmer and many others while choosing from an impresive list of wines and imported beers. At the end of the set, they pass a silver bucket to collect tips (a $5 suggested donation) for the bands.
In April 2010, Rockwood Music Hall expanded to a space directly next door and added a second space called Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. This new space is more than twice the size of the original Rockwood Music Hall, but manages to maintain much of the charm and intimacy of the original space. Stage 2 includes a catwalk-like baclony whichs adds a slightly grander feel to the new space.
Some of the more well-known artists that have played at Rockwood include: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Wakey! Wakey!, Chris Thile, Teddy Thompson, Amos Lee, Richard Julian, Jim Campilongo, Brendan James, Elizabeth & the Catapult, James Maddock, Sonya Kitchell, Jamie McLean, and Peter Salett. Bluegrass guitar virtuoso Michael Daves and the experimental jazz great Dred Scott Trio continue to play long-standing Tuesday night residencies at Rockwood. Several famous artists and actors have made special appearances at Rockwood in guest appearances or under various pseudonyms including Chrissie Hynde, Norah Jones, Sharon Jones, Ari Hest, Rufus Wainwright, Jeremy Sisto and others.