In the heart of the East Village, directly across the street from Tompkins Square Park, is a wonderful little club called the Lakeside Lounge.
Found at 162 Avenue B, they feature just one band each night, and are determined to always start the show on time. The venue is unique, and a great opportunity for new bands just getting heard. The bands are not paid, and the listeners are not charged a cover. Noise is a problem, and the club says the next fine they will pay will cost them $9,000, so they do not book overly loud bands, and do not turn up the volume. That might suit many listeners just fine.
Bands who have played at the Lakeside include:
- Andre Williams
- Graham Parker & the Rumor Steve Earle & the Dukes
- Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolomite)
- Hasil Adkins
- Dee Dee Ramone
- Go To Blazes
- Martins Folly
- Waco Brothers
- Freedy Johnston
- Spanking Charlene
- Chip Robinson
It is always free to get in to the Lakeside Lounge, and they are open from 4pm to 4am every day. You must be 21 or over to get in. Call 212.529.8463 for more information.