Magnetic Field To Close its Doors

Fleshtones at Magnetic Field, March 2007

Taking a break from my Norma Rae activities to bring you some more dismal Brooklyn news. Sorry.

I am shocked and saddened to relay the word that one the best music venues in the downtown Brooklyn area, hell in NYC, is closing down next month. Magnetic Field was more than a bar it is NYC's Garage Rock headquarters. So many fab bands have played at Magnetic Field! For the past few years Magnetic Field also has put on the amazing Rock & Soul Show at the Atlantic Antic. This past year they got goddess Mary Weiss from the Shangi-Las's to perform and the year before The Fleshtones as headliners. And between the Antics the club has consistently brought in what many like to call REAL ROCK & ROLL!!! A plethera and a who's who of rock & roll past and present have graced their stage, see just PART of the list below. All I can say is, in laymens terms, is, THIS SUCKS!

Here is the official statement:

After five-plus years of rocking Atlantic Avenue and entertaining thousands of customers and welcoming hundreds of great bands, Magnetic Field in Brooklyn will be closing its doors on March 31st. Co-owners Lee Greenfeld and William Crane would like to personally thank all of Magnetic Field’s staff and patrons for their loyalty over the past few years, as well as all the numerous bands who have brought some truly tremendous and memorable performances to our stage, such as The A-Bones, Black Hollies, Black Lips, the Brought Low, Cynics, Dansettes, Detachment Kit, Mitch Easter, The Figgs, The Fleshtones, Gabby Glaser, Insomniacs, Lenny Kaye, Lilys, Klimpter, Lyres, Glen Mercer, Mugs, Nashville Ramblers, Nouvellas,The Plimsouls, Ponys, Reigning Sound, Real Kids, Shaw Nuff, Steve Wynn And The Miracle 3, Voxtrot, Woggles, and so many more!

Lee Greenfeld will continue to book and promote shows -- as well as manage bands -- through his Dead Flowers Productions.

William Crane will work towards expanding his ever-growing gameshow empire via his Dick Swizzle alter-ego.

They have great shows going on there this weekend.

Saturday: The A-Bones & The Brought Low
Doors at 8pm.

Sunday: The debut of the super group THE LOST CRUSADERS
Featuring Michael Chandler (Raunch Hands), Buffi Aguero (Tiger! Tiger!, Subsonics), Laura Cantrell, Keith Streng (Fleshtones), Jon Spencer (Heavy Trash, Blues Explosion), Brian McBride (Electric Shadows), Jerome Jackson (Kelly Temple Church of God in Christ), Matt Verta Ray (Heavy Trash, Speedball Baby), Johnny Vignault (The Vendettas, Jonny Chan & The New Dynasty Six), Mike Edison (Raunch Hands, Edison Rocket Train), and many more!
Doors at 7pm

Magnetic Field is located on Atlantic Avenue between Henry & Hicks.
Check Magnetic Field's website for more info.
They are sure to have some blowout shows during the month of March.

Show up and pay your respects.


Johnny said...

This does suck. I'm sad.

The Music Director, WWIB said...

Although my interests have largely been elswhere in recent years, it was always some kind of miracle Magnetic Field was there, rockin', & unlike most things in the area (a few Arab joints & Montero's excepted), did not exist solely or even largely for the horrible yuppies & real estate molochs.

Truly, I motherfucking despair (pardon my Canarsie) despair to think what will likely replace Magnetic Field: a bank? Real estate office? Upscale baby store? Another crappy "Prepared gourmet foods" emporium? "Personal fitness trainer"? A new branch of a some loathesome Smith St chain store which is itself a clone of some Park Slope vomitorium?

cue "Oh Death" by Doc Boggs HERE.

first L'Amour, now this!!

The Music Director
Who Walk In Brooklyn

Lisanne McT said...

Yes I agree it was a miracle that they were there as the surrounding neigb. was is un rock & roll as you could possibly get.

They made the scene big time for a while and i shall miss them and will most likely have to travel furthur now to see the bands i like.