This is one of the most talked about music venues in New York. The reputation of this place extends to the international stage, as many foreign bands play here when they are looking to get a start in the US. Radiohead is just one of the bands who played Mercury Lounge on their way to stardom.
The performance space is small, holding just 250 guests, but the acoustics are excellent. The stage is a decent size, and just a couple of feet above the ground. Overall the venue is a great place to perform and the design of the room promotes a good connection with the audience. There is a bar here, but this is a place to come and listen to the music first and have a drink second. The emphasis is definitely on the music.
Lucille’s is part of B.B. King’s Blues Club. Whilst the big names play in the main venue, up and coming artists get their chance in the smaller Lucille’s venue. This is the place to be seen for emerging blues artists.
As you would expect from being a part of such a prestigious venue, Lucille’s is a very high quality venue. The bar and grill are small, but this is as far away from a dive bar atmosphere that you can get. The décor is all rich dark woods and great art on the walls. Music is played here every night and it is a great step if you can secure a gig here.
Whichever of these great music venues you target, be sure always to follow their own specific instructions of how to contact them about securing a gig. Many of them want to be contacted only by email at first.
Make sure that you check up on their websites as to what each of them requires. It is always a good idea to make a good first impression and you won’t do that unless you pay attention to the booking rules of each venue. You never know when your lucky break is going to come, so keep persevering.