This Darkness has got to Give: A look at the current state of New York Music Venues

Over the summer, NYS Music began to take a look at the state of New York music venues. In June, July, and August we saw venues closed for the foreseeable future, support for Black Lives Matter, and some venues beginning to offer performances with social distancing in place.

September kicked off with Red Alert RESTART, and venues across the country (and world) going red to encourage action to save independent music venues. With hope for passage of relief bills in Congress limited, and only ‘incidental music’ currently allowed, venues remain mostly closed for live music, in quiet anticipation of the day crowds can return.

Tarrytown Music Hall – photo by Steve Malinski

Working with a dozen photographers to document more than 40 venues in 12 cities across New York State, NYS Music presents the fourth edition of our monthly series that looks at the current state of our beloved venues.

Immense thanks goes out to all photographers and venues who are taking part in this monthly series. We’ll start the fall off in the Hudson Valley with Mickey Deneher’s look at the historic venues that pepper the towns along the Hudson River. Visit NIVA to find out how you can help venues across New York, and the country. We need to #saveourstages and preserve live music for when this is over.

The Hudson Valley – photos by Mickey Deneher

Saranac Lake – photo by Pete Mason

Long Island – photos by Rob Tellerman

Brooklyn – photos by Amanda Siedner

Plattsburgh – photos by Jerry Cadieux

Utica – photos courtesy of The Stanley Theatre

Manhattan – photos by Joseph Buscarello

Rochester – photos by Corinne Cummings

Port Chester – photos by Chad Anderson

Tupper Lake – photos by Pete Mason

Ithaca – photos by Casey Martin

Peekskill and Tarrytown – photos by Steve Malinski

Brooklyn – photos by Joseph Buscarello

Albany – photos by Zach Culver

Buffalo – photos by Zachary Todtenhagen

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