Published on September 29th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Anthony Makes On Opening The New Brooklyn Venue “Brooklyn Made,” Ohio, Wilco & More

Brooklyn Made is a 500-capacity music venue opening in Bushwick, Brooklyn on September 30, 2021. When Brooklyn Made opens its doors, it will be the latest independent operator in a scene dominated by Live Nation and AEG Presents. It is the brainchild of Anthony Makes, the former president of Live Nation New York and a veteran of Bowery Presents. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Made’s building — a former warehouse — has been a subject of local mystery for years. Now it will host a private apartment for artists, and ample space for performers to rest, before and after shows; this makes Brooklyn Made the rare sort of venue that wants both the artist and the attendees to make a full-day hang out of a gig.

Per a recent New York Times article which spotlighted Brooklyn Made: “At a time when concert halls across the country are shutting down, Brooklyn Made is making a bullish bet on the return of live music with an over-the-top, multi-million dollar space that will help it stand out in a hyper competitive market. Everything about the venue is deluxe and high-concept, from the Moroccan lamps adorning the stage; to the adjoining cafe, cocktail, wine and tapas bar; to the rooftop deck. Visiting artists will find an impossibly luxurious spread, including a private pool, four greenrooms, and use of a second story carriage house with striking views of Manhattan. For fans, the club will be an all-day hang in the heart of Brooklyn, with a cafe open from morning till night, an adjoining bar, and ultra high-end sound with 3D object-mixing.” In turn, it is not often that a legit new venue opens in the New York City area, yet Brooklyn Made promises to stand out from already-existing venues with absolute legitimacy.

On September 21, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with the aforementioned Anthony Makes via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Brooklyn Made, we spoke about his early days as a concert promoter, how Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy wound up playing the first 2 shows booked at his venue, his favorite bands, and plenty more. Additional information on Makes and Brooklyn Made — including upcoming concerts and how to purchase event tickets — can be found here, here and here.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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