125 East 11th St
New York, NY 10003
Hours: Doors 8p, Music times vary
Subway: N,Q,R,4,5,6 to Union Square or R to 8th St or 6 to Astor Pl
Written by: Laura Sherman
The Studio at Webster Hall is a smaller space with a capacity for 300, which opened its doors to up-and-coming artists in 2008. The space is sponsored by retailer Best Buy and has one of the best PA systems for its size. It is equipped with high-end recording equipment, and capabilities for multi-track live recordings of performances in the Grand Ballroom as well as The Studio itself.
The Studio carries on the legacy of the 1950s when Webster Hall was the home of RCA Records. Recently, The Studio teamed up with another icon in music, MTV, to present a digital web cast “Live From The Studio.” The webcast showcases indie rock acts, including both unsigned and established acts. Trevor Silmser, a co-founder of The Studio, says the partnership “will help establish opportunities for young bands to monetize their music.” The first band to be featured on the web cast was The Drums. Some of the other acts that have performed at The Studio include Keane, Against Me!, Vampire Weekend, Shwayze and many others.