National Sawdust is slotted to open in October:
In classic boho-chic style, the new 13,000-square-foot space at the corner of N. 6th St and Wythe Ave takes its name from the factory originally located in the same building. Opening in October of 2015, National Sawdust promises “genre-spanning music at accessible ticket prices.”
If you read between the lines, you’ll see that the venue is by and large a cutting-edge classical-music destination—one that, if it delivers everything it’s promising, could do a lot to shift the balance of power away from old-guard Manhattan institutions like Lincoln Center. The list of curators is a who’s who of vanguard composers (Nico Muhly, The National’s Bryce Dessner, David T. Little) and performers (pianist Simone Dinnerstein, vocalist Theo Bleckmann, violinist-violist Miranda Cuckson), whose influence spans the classical and indie-rock spheres. And with shows on tap from Terry Riley, John Zorn, Roomful of Teeth, Tanya Tagaq, Muhly, Dessner and others, the slate of opening concerts is even more impressive.
So no, National Sawdust isn’t exactly out to replace DBA. But with its heavyweight roster—in addition to Muhly and Riley, the venue’s Advisory Board includes elite names such as Laurie Anderson, Suzanne Vega, Philip Glass and even James Murphy.
Our liquor license specifically includes all areas of our building, including our cafe and basement, and our huge, gorgeous patio, so you can take your drink outside -plus- we’ll be hosting outdoor happenings on the patio this summer!
This marks the final achievement of Trans-Pecos’ 2-year project to create a fully-licensed, “legal”/”legit,” all ages, and independent music venue focused on intellectual/”experimental” music genres, that also serves as a daytime community-use facility opening our doors at no charge to like-minded community service charities seeking classroom, workshop, and event space. We’re super proud of how far we’ve come, rising from the ashes of 9-15 Wyckoff’s big shutdown 3 1/2 years ago, and a little over a year since the closing of 285 KENT.
Sam Prekop plays Trans-Pecos tomorrow and tickets are still available.