The Bowery Presents

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The Bowery Presents
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Michael Swier, John Moore

The Bowery Presents, the East Coast regional partner of AEG Live,[1] that owns and operates multiple venues in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New Orleans, Virginia, and Maine.[2] Venue capacities range from 250 people to 20,000 people. Since its inception, The Bowery Presents has been a purveyor of artist development and consistently strives to work with artists like LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Leon Bridges and Bastille to grow from performing in intimate clubs to performing in sold-out arenas.[3]


The business evolution of The Bowery Presents:

  • 1993 – The Mercury Lounge (250 capacity club), focus on baby bands
  • 1997 – Bowery Ballroom (600 capacity club or small mid-size venue), headliner-oriented
  • 2003 – Webster Hall (1400 capacity mid-size club), headliner-oriented
  • 2006 – Live Nation's New York president Jim Glancy jumps over to become partner and contributes to the company's expansion by doing shows in larger venues with his long-term Live Nation artists and indie rock stars in venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden
  • 2007 – Music Hall of Williamsburg, another mid-size club that broadens the company's portfolio of venues creating an "internal" orbit in which they can promote artists at different career-levels and in different neighborhoods.
  • 2007 – Terminal 5 (3000 capacity mid-size venue) in Midtown Manhattan
  • 2008 – Wellmont Theatre (2000 capacity mid-sized theatre) in Montclair, NJ
  • 2010 – Expansion into Boston
  • 2013 – Wellmont Theatre leaves[4]
  • 2014 – Webster Hall leaves[5]
  • 2016 – AEG Live acquire a stake in The Bowery Presents[6][1]
  • 2017 - Brooklyn Steel opens, Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge leave[7]
  • 2019 - Webster Hall returns, in operational partnership with BSE Global and AEG Live


The Bowery Presents was founded in 2004 by John Moore, Michael Swier, Michael Winsch, and Brian Swier.[8] In 2006, Bowery Presents partnered with former LiveNation CEO Jim Glancy,[8] and began to expand to larger venues in New York such as Hammerstein Ballroom, and Madison Square Garden.[9]

From 2010, The Bowery Presents began expanding to other regions including New Jersey, Maine, Boston, Philadelphia.[citation needed] In 2016 it was reported that AEG Live had acquired a stake in The Bowery Presents,[6] and in 2017, the company ended its relationship with Michael Swier, Brian Swier, Michael Winsch, and their venues, the Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge.[10] The Bowery Presents is currently operated by Jim Glancy and cofounder John Moore.


New York City[edit]

Bowery Boston[edit]

Bowery Presents moved to Boston, MA in April 2010 when the company signed a long-term deal with The Royale to be the sole presenter of live music at the nightclub/music venue. Bowery opened a small office in Boston to run the venue and to book events for larger spaces.[11] Since 2010, Bowery has opened The Sinclair, and hired the two promoters of TT the Bear's and Great Scott.[12] The promoters work in conjunction with Bowery Presents to bring events to Great Scott and TT the Bear's, as well as The Royale and The Sinclair.[13]

  • The Royale is a 1,000 person capacity venue in downtown Boston, MA. It was the company's first space outside of the New York region.[11]
  • The Sinclair is a live-music venue and restaurant launched in the winter of 2013 in Cambridge. The live music space accommodates 525 people with plans to host 200 shows annually, while the restaurant will seat 104 and will be open seven days a week.[14] The Sinclair is the first restaurant that the company will work with.[15]
  • Great Scott is a venue in Allston, MA with a capacity of about 240 people.[16]

Other Notable Venues[edit]

  • Union Transfer, opened originally in 1889 as the Spring Garden Farmer's Market,[17] is a live music and entertainment venue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After going through several changes over the years, the venue was renovated through a joint venture between R5 Productions, Four Corners Management, and The Bowery Presents in 2011.[18] At capacity, it holds up to about 1100 for standing room.
  • Franklin Music Hall, formerly known as Electric Factory, in Philadelphia.[19]
  • State Theatre is a historic live music venue in downtown Portland, Maine. Opened in the winter of 1929, the theatre has been host to several acts.[20] It reopened in 2010 after an agreement to renovate the property between Alex Crothers from Higher Ground in Burlington, Vermont and The Bowery Presents.[21] At capacity, it holds between 1,450 and 1,610 patrons.[22]


  1. ^ a b Sisario, Ben (2017-01-30). "In New York Music Scene, Two Behemoths Vie for the Top". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  2. ^ "The Bowery Presents". Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  3. ^ Sisario, Ben (2007-06-07). "Bowery Presents - Concert Industry - Music". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  4. ^ "Montclair's Wellmont Theatre: Live Nation takes over for Bowery Presents". Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  5. ^ "Webster Hall's Song of Freedom: New York Makes Most of Indie Status". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  6. ^ a b "AEG Live to Acquire Bowery Presents". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
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  8. ^ a b "The House That the Bowery Boys Built | – New York's essential guide to culture, arts, politics, news and more". 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  9. ^ Sisario, Ben (2007-06-07). "Bowery Presents – Concert Industry – Music – New York Times". Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  10. ^ Sisario, Ben (2017-08-02). "Bowery Ballroom and Mercury Lounge Split From Concert Promoter Bowery Presents". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  11. ^ a b Sisario, Ben (2010-03-09). "The Bowery in Boston". The New York Times.
  12. ^ – Brooklyn Vegan
  13. ^ Bowery Presents Expands In Boston Hires Carl Lavin and Josh Smith of CQ Presents-The Phoenix
  14. ^ Bowery announces the Sinclair: Harvard Square's 525-person rock club + 104-seat Michael Schlow restaurant-The Phoenix —
  15. ^
  16. ^ – Sonic Bids
  17. ^ "DAVID K. O'NEIL | International Market Consultant". 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  18. ^ "Union Transfer: New concert venue on Spring Garden Street opens | philadelphiaheights". 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2014-05-28.
  19. ^ Amorosi, A. D.; Amorosi, A. D. (2018-09-12). "Bowery Presents Purchases Philadelphia's Electric Factory, Which Will Have to Change Its Name". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  20. ^ – Who Kidnapped The State?
  21. ^ [1][dead link]
  22. ^ Zema, Kegan (2011-01-12). "Guide to The State Theatre – The Maine Campus". Archived from the original on 2011-01-15. Retrieved 2012-11-30.

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