So, one of the perks of living in NYC is the fact that there is constantly something to go out and do. You name it, and it’s here. Good shopping, great food, etc… but one of the things that gets me the most excited is that the best bands ALWAYS come to play here. No matter what genre you might be into, chances are your favorite artist will be in town at some point. And it’ll probably happen more than once! Last night I got to watch a great live set by the Canadian rock band Born Ruffians, who just released their new album entitled “Birthmarks” on April 16th.
I was initially very excited to see this show for two reasons. One, It was being held at the classic venue known as the Bowery Ballroom, and I had never been there before. The venue is right off of Bowery and Delancey st, and was built right before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. After standing vacant until until the end of WWII, becoming a high-end retail store, then subsequently going out of business, the space eventually got converted to a music venue in 1997. Ever since then, they’ve managed to become THE place to go and see young up-and-coming Indie bands start their successful careers. However, occasionally big names such as Kanye West will play the Ballroom to take advantage of its small, intimate setting. I found that this classic spot did not disappoint when it came to how personal it felt. Also, the acoustics were phenomenal.
The second reason I was so excited for this show was because simply put, I’ve been listening to Born Ruffians since early high school. I have lots of memories with this band’s catchy riffs and unique vocals as the background music. The combination of the intimate venue mixed with the nostalgic band made for a great night.
There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. Never fear! There is always a great show right around the corner. Enjoy the music NYC has to offer, and if you love alternative music, make sure you go check out the bands playing at the Bowery Ballroom. You will have fun, I promise.