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SOB's exterior, by the subway entrance to Houston Street station.
Address204 Varick Street
LocationNew York, NY 10014
OwnerLarry Gold
TypeLive Music Venue/Nightclub
Seating typeSeating and Standing room
OpenedJune 1982

SOB's is a live world music venue and restaurant in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan. S.O.B.’s is an abbreviation of Sounds of Brazil.[1][2] Larry Gold started SOBs in June 1982, and he currently still owns the space. Gold opened the venue with the purpose of exposing the music of the Afro-Latino Diaspora to as many people as possible. It has a standing capacity of 450, and a seating capacity of 160.[3]

In its early days, SOBs existed on a barren stretch at the corner of Varick Street and Houston Street, just above the Houston Street subway station. The area, now known as Hudson Square, soon became trendy due to its proximity to the SoHo neighborhood. The venue's reputation began to grow with performances from Latin legends like Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz and Eddie Palmieri. Brazilian artists including Seu Jorge, Ben Jorge, and Astrud Gilberto have performed at the venue, as well as more contemporary artists such as Isaac Delgado, Orquesta Aragon, Los Papines, Manolito Simonet, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, and Los Van Van.

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  2. ^ Planet, Lonely. "Entertainment in New York City, USA". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
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  4. ^ Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinendec (December 29, 2015). "All the Best Concerts, of What the Critics Have Seen". Retrieved January 2, 2016.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)

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Coordinates: 40°43′42.19″N 74°0′18.52″W / 40.7283861°N 74.0051444°W / 40.7283861; -74.0051444