You can watch a concert at an arena like Barclays Center, but if you really want to have your finger on the pulse of Brooklyn's music scene, head to these six unique venues around Brooklyn. See your favorite band at a historic restored movie palace or at a record store in Williamsburg. There are many cool places to see shows in this borough. Enjoy!
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The Kings Theatre opened in 1929 as a movie palace and live performance theater, and was noted as a "Loews Wonder Theatre." However, it went into decline in the 1970s and was shuttered for many years. In 2015, after extensive renovations, the theatre reopened as a concert venue and theatre. Since the opening, it's hosted numerous shows including Wilco, Sleater Kinney, and many others. If you don't want to see a show, you can still tour the theatre. This architectural gem is a must-visit during a trip to Brooklyn.
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The Polish Community Center, "where pierogies meet punk," hosts bands like Weezer, and also has a menu of pierogies. Hang out at the bar or watch a band in their ballroom. There is a retro vibe and dive bar atmosphere at this casual concert venue in the Polish National House in Greenpoint.
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Listen to Beethoven and Brahms on a floating barge docked at the Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge. Since 1977, Barge Music has been a vital part of Brooklyn's cultural scene. On Saturdays at 4pm, Barge Music hosts Music in Motion, a one hour free concert series for families followed by a Q & A with the musicians. If you do have kids in tow, you must stop by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, which is across the street from the barge.
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If you thought watching a band at a bowling alley was something that only happened on Happy Days, think again. This uber hipster bowling alley in Williamsburg attracts an impressive line up of musicians. Play a game or hang out on the dance floor at Brooklyn Bowl.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Rough Trade NYC
The Brooklyn outpost of this London based record store, has an intimate concert venue at the back of the shop. The atmosphere of the spacious store filled with books and vinyl is similar to many places like Tower Records, HMV, which have unfortunately disappeared from the current cultural landscape. These were places where serious music lovers congregated for decades, and it's refreshing to hang out at Rough Trade. Like the shop's inventory, the well-curated list of performers, is a reflection of the best in the indie music scene.
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After you've seen all the indies bands you want at Warsaw and Rough Trade NYC, absorb some culture with an edgy opera at LoftOpera. The New York Times described their production of Tosca as a "formula that might be described as equal parts keg party, tech start-up and opera troupe..." The opera company hosts performances in a variety of non-traditional locations throughout Brooklyn, including a show at a circus school. Currently, LoftOpera is performing Tosca in an old bus depot in Bushwick.