A Look at Shuttered Music Venues Across New York State

We’re coming up on one year without live music. Venues across New York State, and the country, are shuttered with no option for music beyond streaming. Our venues are the lifeblood of so many towns and cities across this great state, and these independent music venues still need our help, as they struggle to stay afloat until we’re in the clear.

In June, NYS Music photographers, having no live music to shoot, began looking at these music venues across the state. Over the summer and fall we saw venues closed for the foreseeable future, including The Jazz Standard in Manhattan. Venues are rallying their supporters to help as best they can at this time, including Arlene’s Grocery on February 9.

Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, Peekskill, NY – photo by Steve Malinski

Venues in New York and beyond are stuck in limbo, but they aren’t gone – not for good – so long as we can find resolution and relief at the state and national levels. The Heroes Act has passed in the House of Representatives, and the upcoming relief bill looks poised to jump-start the economy and provide a much needed lifeline to venues.

Winter has arrived, and across the state, venues still shine through the snowy nights. We start this month’s photo series of music venues across New York State in New York City, courtesy of Joseph Buscarello.

Visit NIVA to find out how you can help venues across New York, and the country. We need to #saveourstages and preserve live music now, for when this is over.

New York City – photos by Joseph Buscarello

Ithaca – photo by Casey Martin

Manhattan and Hudson Valley – photos by Steve Malinski

Geneva – photos by Joseph Booth

Saranac Lake – photo by Neil Sedlak

Buffalo – photos by Derek Hosken

Plattsburgh – photos by Jerry Cadieux

Albany – photos by Zach Culver

Long Island – photos by Rob Tellerman

The Hudson Valley – photos by Mickey Deneher

Utica – photo courtesy of The Stanley Theatre

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