Another New York City venue bites the dust, SULLIVAN HALL is officially closed! Just like CBGB’s, L’Amour, Wetlands, Coney Island High, Don Hills, Ace Of Clubs, Crash Mansion, and legions of clubs around the nation, the lack of support for live music due to the poor economy have forced the property owners of this New York City venue to not extend the lease so they can rent the space out to a more profitable business who can actually pay a much higher rental fee.
Sullivan Hall was unexpectedly closed yesterday. The venue, which was formerly named Lion’s Den, was one of the rooms that picked up the slack when Wetlands closed in 2001. Here is an official statement from the venue owners:
“Live music venue Sullivan Hall in Manhattan is officially and permanently closed, as is DJ club Sullivan Room. We’ve been going month to month for nearly a year hoping we can get a NEW lease or an extension, but the ownership of the building decided to go in a different direction with the space. We knew that our future there was limited, but we did not anticipate the abrupt closure yesterday. We apologize to all of the performers who were unable to reschedule; the employees of the club who were given little to no notice; and all of the fans who were planning on attending our upcoming shows. While we are disappointed, we are thankful for a very long run as a music venue in New York City, and are very proud of what we accomplished.
In anticipation of the venue’s closure, CEG Presents who booked Sullivan Hall, has formed NEW booking agreements with venues such as Drom in the East Village, Fontana’s on the Lower East Side, NEW outdoor downtown venue Watermark, etc. CEG also books shows at many area venues including BB King’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Cutting Room, Highline Ballroom, Gramercy Theatre, Irving Plaza, Le Poisson Rouge, etc. In addition, CEG does concert cruises w/ Rocks Off and Circle Line during the summer; books shows in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia; produces annual events such as the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball and Summer Jazz Festival; and does an annual series during the evenings and weekends of Jazz Fest in New Orleans. The Lion’s Den opened in 1991. CEG started booking the venue in 1996, and quickly made it a strong competitor to other comparably-sized NYC venues. In order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of live music venues in New York City, it was CEG’s vision to upgrade the Lion’s Den to the revamped Sullivan Hall in 2008. We’re proud of the stellar lineup of musicians that CEG booked at Lion’s Den and Sullivan Hall through the years: each member of Phish (Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell), Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Dashboard Confessional, Dennis Brown, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Heads, Disco Biscuits, Dr. John, English Beat, Lotus, The Low Anthem, Marco Benevento, Marc Ribot, Matisyahu, Meat Puppets, Medeski Martin & Hunter, moe., Mos Def, ? uestlove, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Rubblebucket, Six Cheek (The Lumineers), String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey’s McGee, Warren Haynes, Zac Brown Band and many more.
Throughout the years, CEG developed many young acts in the space that went on to much larger venues and that tradition continued to the very end with up & coming acts such as Dopapod, The Main Squeeze, The Revivalists, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and many more.
Prior to CEG’s involvement, Alice in Chains and Ben Folds Five did early gigs in their career at Lion’s Den.
We are so grateful to all of the musicians, fans, and members of the music industry for an incredible 17 year run and we look forward to being with all of you at our future shows for the next 17 years and more”.