The ubiquitous Showpaper has faithfully covered the tri-state area’s all-ages show beat since 2007, but like many of the venues the print-only publication routinely featured, it too has closed up shop, as its organizers announced today on Facebook:
It is with sadness that we at SHOWPAPER announce that the paper has suspended publishing.
The SHOWPAPER team have toiled for over seven years now to produce a new, beautiful, free, advertising-free newsprint issue of SHOWPAPER every two weeks, without fail, over 170 issues! – and it is with heavy hearts that we now stop publication
We make this difficult decision out of exhaustion at the challenge of funding and producing the newspaper, but we are hopeful that sometime in the near future, after a well-deserved break, we may revive the concept of SHOWPAPER in a new format.
SHOWPAPER has always been a chronicle and document of the scene, and a future revival may continue that role, as well as the public service of providing comprehensive all ages show listings, in the form of a web-based listings page, coupled with a more occasional print newspaper featuring creative, editorial content about the all ages show community.
For now, we at SHOWPAPER bid the NYC tri-state area farewell! It has been our honor to present you listings of Greater New York’s affordable all ages shows, wrapped in a beautiful cover designed by a prominent visual artist, every other Wednesday for 7 years!
Please keep going to shows, starting bands, putting on shows, and opening venues – you can DO IT YOURSELF.
Hope to see you soon – love, SHOWPAPER
As someone who once helped run an also defunct show aggregator (My Social List) can attest to; tracking shows in the New York City area is a fairly exhausting venture. I can only imagine how tough it must be printing and distributing a similar publication that also features top-notch quality artwork (see the issue pinned to my wall above) every couple of weeks. For that I commend the work of Showpaper, and will miss seeing it scattered about North Brooklyn.