The Living Room
|The Living Room|
|"Showcasing New York City’s singer/songwriter,
alt-country, and rock"
Colbie Caillat has performed at The Living Room (Please upload Living Room pics to Wiki Commons)
|Location||154 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002|
|Genre(s)||acoustic rock, alternative rock, Alternative country, electronic, folk, indie, rock|
|Owner||Steve Rosenthal and Jennifer Gilson|
The Living Room is a music venue on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side in New York City that was established in 1988. The Living Room is co-owned by Steve Rosenthal and Jennifer Gilson. The Living Room has showcased some of the best of New York City’s singer/songwriter, alt-country, and rock world.
This music venue has been called "an incubator of talent,"  and has been described as "a much mellower and tidier successor to CBGB." Some consider The Living Room the Bottom Line of the "small bankroll" live rock venues. Other comparable venues include The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ, and The Cellar Door in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.. The Living Room's line up features four or five singer-songwriters a night, yet the club does not typically charge a cover. It does have a one drink minimum and a recommended $5 donation for the bands.
Some of The Living Room's sessions are recorded. In 2002 a CD, "The Living Room - Live in NYC - Vol.1", (Stanton St.Records) featuring live recordings from The Living Room was released. The CD included performances by Norah Jones, Jesse Harris, Malcolm Holcombe, Rachel Loshak, and Chris Moore.
The Living Room's patrons and performers have been characterized as a "close-knit family..." Those who have performed there include Joseph Arthur, Colbie Caillat, Minnie Driver, David Ford, Jesse Harris, Beatie Wolfe, Ari Hest, Norah Jones, Jesse Malin, Madeleine Peyroux, Jason Reeves, Ron Sexsmith, The Little Willies, The Shells, Chris Thile, and Martha Wainwright.
Additionally, the Living Room has an a smaller more intimate upstairs area known as "Googies Lounge". There are live artists performing every night of the week.
Gilson, who is married to Rosenthal, first opened the Living Room in a former fried chicken joint a few blocks from the current location. In 2003 the club moved from Stanton Street to its current location, which has a main music room, front bar area, and upstairs lounge.
-  Chinen, N. (2008, April 2). Ms. Jones and Guitar in the Spirit of the Place. New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2011.
- Sisario, B. (2007, December 14). Live rock on a small bankroll. New York Times, p. E1.
-  Living Room's Official Web Site
- Bessman, J. (2003, March 15). Words & Music: The Big Winner. Billboard, p. 36.
- Pull up a seat at the new Living Room site 2009-05-20