The East Village Hot Spots Where New Music Begins

When Ilhan Ersahin opened Nublu Classic in the East Village, he wanted to create a space that would be more than just a music venue — he wanted to make a space where music would be created. With both Nublu Classic and a later edition, Nublu 151, he has done just that. Heading to Nublu almost any night of the week means discovering not only new performers, but new music that might not even have existed if not for the creative incubation the space has become famous for. This is a place where Norah Jones frequently played during her ascent to stardom, and where bands like Brazilian Girls, Forró in the Dark, Love Trio, and Wax Poetic came into being, which is why New York Latin Culture Magazine writes that the space has “spawned a number of bands and its own unique Nublu sound.”

Nublu Classic is heir to a long line of East Village performance spaces responsible for shaping the sound of avant-garde music, and that give the East Village the feeling of being a place where the next big thing or the next innovative sound will be born. Living in the East Village apartments at EVGB puts you at the center of where new music happens.

Another spot that will transport you into another world any night of the week is Rue B, a cocktail bar and music venue on Avenue B about which Time Out New York says, “You know how some places just make everyone look better? Rue B is like that.” Here you will find that “Silver-blue banquettes line the walls, candles illuminate the polished-zinc tables, and photographs of jazz icons oversee the action (which includes nightly live music). Drinks are mixed with fresh-squeezed juice — the apple martini is made with Stoli, fresh apples and a touch of syrup — and they slide down all too easily.” Rue B is the kind of place that doubles as a favorite neighborhood bar as well as a destination for performers like the Greg Robbins Quartet and the Gotham Easy.

A venue where you can find both live music and dancing is the Bowery Electric. Join in the dance party or catch the Carvin Jones Band, Diane and the Gentlemen, and 999.

Drom, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “New York’s premiere venue for world music,” is a bit like the city itself: a place where the sounds of the world converge and become something new — something definitively New York. Come for Brasil Summerfest or the music of Lakatos, the “Guitar King,” and you will soon find yourself heading to Drom as a regular part of your nightlife rotation, just to see who passes through next.

The music scene at your feet when you live in the East Village luxury rentals at EVGB gives you both the cachet of being on the cutting edge of musical innovation, and the endless sense of discovery that each venue brings to the neighborhood.