In April 2017, LCD Soundsystem came to New York City for a five-show run. But fans wouldn’t be able to catch them at their main stage Madison Square Garden. Instead, fans trekked to East Williamsburg to witness LCD Soundsystem perform the grand opening of Brooklyn’s best new music venue, Brooklyn Steel.

Why is Brooklyn Steel the best new music venue in Brooklyn? From its aesthetic and acoustics–well suited to just about any type of performer–to its incredible lineup, the owners of Brooklyn Steel have been making their claim to fame from the very beginning. Here’s everything you ought to know about Brooklyn Steel, the spot for some of the best upcoming concerts.

The Space

Brooklyn Steel

While many Bowery Presents venues share a vibe, Brooklyn Steel is bolstered by its raw, found materials, all repurposed from the steel works factory the space used to be. The main room has a movable stage allowing for capacities of 1800, 1500 or 1200, depending on the show. Towards the back of the room there’s a raised platform (similar to Music Hall of Williamsburg), and the balcony railings spread out like a V as they go closer towards the stage, allowing for more natural sightlines. “Sound and sightlines are always our biggest priority,” said Bowery Presents organizer John Moore. “We wanted to have everyone be able to see well, but also to have some soul and character to it.”

Brooklyn Steel is outfitted with three bars, all decorated with pieces from the steel works factory. There’s also repurposed corrugated metal in the venue’s foyer entry space on Debevoise Ave. The entry space leading to the main bar and merch table is large enough to accommodate concert goers, so no one waits on the street before the show.

The official address of Brooklyn Steel is 319 Frost Street. Brooklyn Steel organizers John Moore and Jim Glancy weren’t concerned about the impending L Train shutdown in moving forward with the space, even though the closest train stop is the Graham Avenue L. “If it was happening in six weeks, that might be a different story. We also think a lot of our audience is already out here. People will walk, bike, drive, take Ubers. We should be established in two years when the actual shutdown hits. If we have a great show, people will find a way here.”

The Performers

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Brooklyn Steel organizers chose from a “very” short list when it came to bands they wanted for the grand opening, LCD Soundsystem fitting the bill exactly. “We wanted a New York band. We wanted a band that Bowery had a relationship with,” Glancy said. In it’s first year, Brooklyn Steel has been a wonderful host to a wide reaching range of performers, including The Decemberists, PJ Harvey, Nas, Glen Hansard, and additional sets from LCD Soundsystem. You can check out our listings for Brooklyn Steel’s upcoming shows below.

 

Date
Event
Jan 258:00 PM MO – Karen Marie Orsted & Cashmere CatBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
Jan 268:00 PM MO – Karen Marie Orsted & Cashmere CatBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $98
Jan 278:00 PM Destroyer & Mega BogBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $87
Jan 298:00 PM KimbraBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $39
Feb 18:00 PM Emancipator EnsembleBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $53
Feb 29:00 PM Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $55
Feb 79:00 PM J Roddy Walston And The BusinessBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $67
Feb 88:00 PM GirlpoolBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $55
Feb 108:30 PM Hippo CampusBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $55
Feb 138:00 PM Sleigh BellsBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $55
Feb 158:00 PM BornsBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $68
Feb 168:00 PM X AmbassadorsBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $56
Feb 178:00 PM GalacticBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $90
Feb 228:00 PM StrfkrBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $47
Feb 238:00 PM City of The SunBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $54
Feb 248:00 PM Lane 8Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $84
Feb 268:00 PM JawbreakerBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $109
Feb 278:00 PM JawbreakerBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $102
Feb 288:00 PM JawbreakerBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $109
Mar 18:30 PM LPBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $63
Mar 28:00 PM RhyeBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $80
Mar 39:00 PM Hippie SabotageBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $45
Mar 89:00 PM Nada SurfBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $48
Mar 99:00 PM Tune-yardsBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $55
Mar 108:00 PM Mike GordonBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $74
Mar 128:00 PM Godspeed You! Black EmperorBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $64
Mar 138:00 PM Godspeed You! Black EmperorBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $63
Mar 148:00 PM Beth DittoBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 228:00 PM Son LuxBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $35
Mar 238:00 PM Keys N KratesBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $50
Mar 249:00 PM MiguelBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $122
Mar 258:00 PM MgmtBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $88
Mar 278:00 PM Dan AuerbachBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $63
Mar 298:00 PM Dashboard ConfessionalBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $63
Mar 319:00 PM TokiMonstaBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
Apr 68:00 PM Yo La TengoBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $58
Apr 79:00 PM Cigarettes After SexBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $43
Apr 118:00 PM Rainbow Kitten Surprise Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $56
Apr 139:00 PM Ty SegallBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $54
Apr 158:00 PM Franz FerdinandBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $55
Apr 168:00 PM Franz FerdinandBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $73
Apr 178:00 PM Clean BanditBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $41
Apr 188:00 PM Built To Spill & Afghan WhigsBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $70
Apr 208:00 PM The DarknessBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $50
Apr 278:00 PM Peter Hook and The LightBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $90
Apr 288:00 PM Matt and KimBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $66
Apr 308:00 PM The BreedersBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $70
May 28:00 PM Brian FallonBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $44
May 39:00 PM Tom MischBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $99
May 4TBD What So NotBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
May 58:00 PM Panda BearBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $83
May 128:00 PM Jorja SmithBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $56
May 168:00 PM The FratellisBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $56
May 177:00 PM Shakey GravesBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
May 227:00 PM Bishop BriggsBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $40
May 238:00 PM The KooksBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $52
May 288:30 PM Royal BloodBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $64
Jun 98:00 PM EelsBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 138:00 PM Jimmy Eat WorldBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $55
Jun 148:00 PM Jimmy Eat WorldBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $70
Jun 158:00 PM King Gizzard and The Lizard WizardBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY From $54
Jun 168:00 PM King Gizzard and The Lizard WizardBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 198:00 PM Dr. Dog & (Sandy) Alex GBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 208:00 PM Dr. Dog & (Sandy) Alex GBrooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY

 

East Williamsburg

East Williamsburg

If you haven’t ventured past the Bedford or Lorimer stop into East Williamsburg, now’s the time to get your feet wet, before the rest of the five boroughs wakens to its obvious appeal. Not only are there plenty of amazing restaurants and bars near Brooklyn Steel, but most (if not all) come at a cheaper price than what you’re used to paying when attending shows in Manhattan.

Right around Brooklyn Steel, you have One Stop Beer Shop and FourFiveSix Bar, both of which are perfect to accommodate a pre and post show drink. If you want to make a full night of it, head to East Williamsburg early to grab a meal at any of the local jaunts. At Mesa Coyoacan, you can enjoy Mexican food favorites such as enchiladas, mole, and mezcal cocktails. At corner bistro Humboldt & Jackson, you can choose from a list of American small plates and cheeses while sipping on locally sourced microbrews. For something more eclectic, hike towards the BQE for Indonesian food at Selamat Pagi, or Korean food at Little Dokebi.

 

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