I was hitting a show at The Studio at Webster Hall when I glanced up at the mighty marquee of the larger event space and learned that Webster Hall had won the Pollstar 2017 award for Nightclub Of The Year. I snapped this show with my mobile device since I had all of my regular gear wrapped up in my bag and had not checked in yet but it will serve the purpose for this little tip of the hat.
I’ve never written a post about the Pollstar Awards as its not something that I am focused on but since it gave some props to a place that I regularly visit, I decided the time was perfect to do something. Below I’ve not only listed the winners for “Nightclub of the Year but also the “Theatre of the Year” and “Arena of The Year” and the places that were up against them. Take a look.
NIGHTCLUB OF THE YEAR: Webster Hall – New York, NY
Over The Nominated: 9:30 Club – Washington, DC, The Birchmere – Alexandria, VA, The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA, First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN, House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA, The Independent – San Francisco, CA, Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
THEATRE OF THE YEAR: Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN
Over The Nominated: Beacon Theatre – New York, NY, Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL, Fox Theatre – Atlanta, GA, Fox Theater – Oakland, CA, Microsoft Theater – Los Angeles, CA, Radio City Music Hall – New York, NY
ARENA OF THE YEAR: Madison Square Garden Arena – New York, NY
Over The Nominated: Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY, BOK Center – Tulsa, OK, Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN, Forum – Inglewood, CA and Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Congratulations to Webster Hall on winning this esteemed award. To say that I go to the venues inside Webster Hall on a regular basis would be an understatement. Non-New Yorkers might not know this but there are “3” venues inside the space. You have the main large club where all the heavy hitters perform and that is called “The Grand Ballroom”. Its a nicely sized room with a second floor balcony area but access up there is always depending on the event. Sometimes you can go up there and other times nope. In the middle of the building you have a mid-level sized space called “The Marlin Room at Webster Hall” and the stage is pretty long there and it has some solid sight lines if you want to stay towards the back or by the bar. Last but not least, way downstairs in what could be considered a basement space, is “The Studio at Webster Hall” and this room offers all sorts of musical acts a place to play and bring an intimate crowd. Big names have also played here before like Bring Me The Horizon and Stone Sour and those gigs were chaos since the room only fits like 150 people. As far as my adventures go, there have been times where I have not only been to the venue on a few consecutive days during the week but also to some events where I started out at the main event space “The Grand Ballroom” and then headed down to The Studio or The Marlin Room at some point to lend my coverage time to another group. It’s daunting at times but hey who said this was ever supposed to be easy. One of the things I love most about Webster Hall was its ability to have three distinct shows going on at the same time. This was something we used to have in the old Knitting Factory when it was located in Manhattan. That venue moved to Brooklyn several years ago and is now a single event space. I think it’s awesome to have that many options in a single building as its great for the music scene of our metropolis.
Longtime readers know that we keep a very populated Regional Events Calendar and since this is the music metropolis in which we adventure, there are a TON of listings for not only the Grand Ballroom but the Studio and Marlin Room as well. If you have just discovered our writings we want you to explore this calendar by clicking HERE and of course to say welcome to the presentation. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they use my calendar when they are heading to NYC for any kind of visit so they know what cool live stuff is going on. That makes me happy. Feel free to let us know what you think about Webster Hall winning this award. Congratulations again and we shall see you at the shows.
Official Website: http://www.websterhall.com