There seems to be a lot of doom and gloom about music venues in New York City, but there should be some room for optimism. A new hi-fi bar, performance space and café will open in Gowanus next month on March 19 named Public Records. The venue at 233 Butler St. used to be the HQ of the ASPCA.
Public Records will feature three rooms, a performance space known as the “Sound room,” which will feature both live acts and vinyl DJs, an all-day vegan café and magazine shop and a hi-fi record bar showcasing rare record collectors.
The bar and sound room will both feature custom sound systems designed by Jason Ojeda of VOID and Devon Turnbull of OJAS. Music programming will be led by Francis Harris, founder of record labels Scissor & Thread and Kingdoms, according to Fact.
The venue has already started scheduling acts for the opening week of events. It will start on March 19 with Quo Vadis presenting a night with PITA, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe and January Hunt. David Grubbs + Oren Ambarchi will perform on March 20. Heathered Pearls will have monthly residency and curation, starting with Baltic Beat on March 28. Other guests in the initial programming include Jan Jelinek, Octo Octa, Call Super, Thomas Bullock, Optimo, Damo Suzuki (CAN), Laraaji and Hieroglyphic Being, so expect this place to get some good artists.