Popular Music in New York City: K - P

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The Kitchen
512 W. 19th St. (btw. 10th & 11th Aves.) (212) 255-5793
"The Kitchen is an interdisciplinary laboratory for visionary emerging and established artists." Come see performances and gallery installations of music, dance, video, digital media and internet culture. The gallery is free and open Tues - Sat from 2pm - 6pm, and on performance days one hour before show time and during intermission. All ages. Subway: C, E to 23rd St.

Knitting Factory     
74 Leonard St. (btw. Broadway & Church St.) (212) 219-3055
Wide ranging musical tastes continue to drive the beat at the Knitting Factory. Cutting Edge music combined with great acoustic performances make this place a favorite. There are three performance spaces: the Knitting Factory, the KnitActive Sound Stage, and the Old Office. Cover: $8 and up. All ages, but you need ID to drink. Subway: A, C, E, N, R, 6 to Canal St.; 1, 9 to Franklin St.

La Belle Epoque
827 Broadway (btw. 12th & 13th Sts.) (212) 254-6436
Fine french dining and live zydeco music make a great date. Wed - Sun from 6pm - 11ish, plus a jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday. All ages. Subway: L, N, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St. Union Sq.

The Living Room     
84 Stanton St. at Allen St. (212) 533-7235
All ages acoustic cafe. No cover ($5 suggested donation), 1 drink minimum. They have a light menu. Hours: Mon - Fri from 6pm - 1am, Sat & Sun from noon - 3am. Subway: J, M, Z to Essex St.

Madame X
94 W. Houston St. (btw. LaGuardia Pl. & Thompson St.) (212) 539-0808
Lounge open 5pm - 4am during the week and 6pm - 4am on Saturday and Sunday. There's free live Jazz Sun - Wed from 7pm - 11pm, and DJs Thursday through Saturday ($5 after 10pm). Ages 21 and over. Subway: B, D, F, Q to Broadway-Lafayette; 6 to Bleeker.

Madison Square Garden     
Seventh Ave. and 33rd Street. (212) 465-6000
Madison Square Garden has been called America's premier entertainment facility. Apart from rock concerts, the Garden hosts many sporting events and exhibitions, and the odd political party convention. Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 9 to 34th St.

35 W. 67th St. at Columbus Ave. (212) 601-1000
Makor is a Jewish Cultural Center with a live music cafe where all different kinds of bands come and play (check their online calendar). Some shows are free, some not, and they are usually all ages. Subway: 1, 9 to 66th St.

Mercury Lounge     
217 Houston St. at Essex St. (212) 260-4700
Bands play in a simple brick space with a great sound system at the back of the bar. The music is mostly Indie Rock and Pop. Box office hours: 12 - 7pm Mon-Sat, shows start at 7pm. Cover is around $7 - $15 and it is usually ages 21 and over only. Subway: F to 2nd Ave.; J, M, Z to Essex St.

Nuyorican Poet's Cafe
236 E. 3rd St. (btw. Aves B & C) (212) 505-8183
For 25 years the Nuyorican has been building a community of artists from outside the mainstream American arts culture. They showcase work ranging from spoken word and poetry to film, theater, HipHop and live music. Among other shows they have a HipHop, poetry, jazz jam session on the first Wednesday of every month ($10) and Latin Jazz every Thursday at 10pm ($5). Subway: F to 2nd Ave.

Oak Room
59 W. 44th St. (btw. 5th & 6th Aves.) (212) 840-6800
The famous Algonquin Hotel hosts what has been called the top cabaret in New York City. Tues - Sat at 9pm as well as Fri & Sat at 11:30pm. $50 plus $15 food/beverage minimum for the show. Early shows on the weekend also come with a $50 prix fix dinner. Call ahead for reservations. All ages. Subway: B, D, F, Q to 42nd St.

Paddy Reilly's Music Bar
519 2nd Ave. at 29th St. (212) 686-1210
This Irish pub has live music every night, ranging from Traditional Irish jam "Seisiuns" during the week to Celtic Rock on Friday and Saturday. Weekend cover is $5. Bar hours are 10:30am - 4am every day. Ages 21 and over. Subway: 6 to 28th St.

People's Voice Cafe
The Workman's Circle, 45 E. 33rd St. (btw. Park & Madison Aves.) (212) 787-3903
Alternative coffee house featuring live folk music ala Woody Guthrie, Malvina Reynolds and Pete Seeger every Saturday at 8pm from late September through late May. They also sell homebaked goodies, coffee, tea, and juice and have a table set up for political literature, petitions and events. $10 cover, $7 for Workamn's Circle or People's Voice members, and $5 for seniors and people on strike. Volunteers get in for free (call 718-639-5969 to volunteer). All ages. Wheelchair accessible. Subway: 6 to 33rd St.

Pete's Candy Store
709 Lorimer St. (btw. Richardson & Frost Sts.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718) 302-3770
This Williamsburg bar has toasted sandwiches and different kinds of live music every night. No cover. Ages 21 and over. Open Sun - Tues from 5pm - 2am and Wed - Sat from 5pm - 4am. Subway: L to Lorimer St.

Postcrypt Coffeehouse
Basement of St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia U., 116th & Broadway (212) 854-1953
This University coffeehouse has been hosting amateur and professional acoustic musicians and storytellers since 1964. Shows are Friday and Saturday from 9pm - 12:30am during the school year. Admission is free and all are welcome. They sell an assortment of beverages and homemade treats. Subway: 1, 9 to 116th St.

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