It’s been five years in the making, and nearly three years after being approved for renovations by the NYC Dept. of Buildings, but the much-heralded Bushwick venue Market Hotel is finally slated to reopen with announced shows later this month. Pre-dating the now gone 285 Kent, Market Hotel served a mainstay for large-scale DIY shows (those a bit too large for traditional start-up venues), before a police raid in 2010 put the Todd P. venue on permanent hiatus. As much a part of Impose’s history as any in the borough of Brooklyn, Market Hotel housed early (and epic) shows for acts like Death Grips, Future Islands, Dan Deacon, Health, Deerhunter, Fucked Up, and many more.
Now, after an anonymous grant, numerous improvements to bring it up to code, and a Sleater-Kinney show (something that wouldn’t have even been possible in 2010), the Market Hotel is back to re-open legally the weekend of January 22 and 23, with two secret headliners. While hints, tweets, and the aforementioned SK show were a precursor, the official announcement came via the Market Hotel Facebook page, stating:
After 5 years of hard work, we just got word that Market Hotel is finally able to reopen for regular shows at the end of this month!
It’s been a humbling and inspiring experience to stick with getting this project through many twists and turns – and pull it off after so much sustained effort.
We hope and believe that Market Hotel will be an uplifting example of what can be accomplished independently, without access to lots of money, even in the hyper-charged real estate market of New York City at this moment in history. We’re proud that the space will be able to serve our neighborhood and our City beyond the traditional “indie” music community — through diverse programming both culturally in the evenings, and in direct not-for-profit work giving back to the community we live in.
Market Hotel is and will be what it always has been about — a terrific space for great musicians and for the people who love great music, made by people who also love great music.
The initial Market Hotel show listing is below:
22 Market Reopening with special guests + Via App, Kill Alters, Dreamcrusher, Malory
23 Market Reopening with special gusts + Guerilla Toss, PC Worship, Pill
30 Bunker w/ Silent Servant, Bill Converse, Jahiliyya Fields, Forma
05 Show Me the Body, Moor Mother Goddess, Blackie
13 The Soft Moon, Uniform
03 DIIV, Dog Island
04 DIIV, Lodro
02 Sustain-Release Campers Reunion
05 Mykki Blanco