Tonic (music venue)

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Tonic, Lower East Side, NYC, 2005

Tonic was a music venue located at 107 Norfolk Street, New York City which opened in the Spring of 1998 and closed in April 2007. It was self-described as supporting "avant garde, creative and experimental music " and known for its commitment to musical integrity.[1][2] A former kosher winery, the small and unassuming building provided a sense of intimacy by setting the performers within arms length of the audience.[3] Tonic was the location of numerous live recordings by a variety of musicians.

Tonic's closing was related to soaring rent on the Lower East Side.[4] The final show on Friday, April 13, 2007 was an evening of improvisation organized by John Zorn and a techno party, the venue's weekly resident, The Bunker, hosted by Bryan Kasenic (DJ Spinoza).[1] The closure the following day was accompanied by a symbolic protest. There were more than 100 protestors.[4] Refusing to leave, two musicians, Marc Ribot and Rebecca Moore, were arrested for trespassing while cheered on by supporters across the street.[1] The Bunker moved the following week to Luna Lounge in Brooklyn which was itself a club recently displaced from the Lower East Side.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Requiem for a Club: Saxophone and Sighs Nate Chinen, The New York Times, April 16, 2007, Retrieved September 29, 2007
  2. ^ Ben Sisario Avant-Garde Music Loses a Lower Manhattan Home, March 31, 2007
  3. ^ Federico Cribiore (2000). "Tonic is a special place.". Tonic [CD booklet]. Hollywood: Blue Note.
  4. ^ a b Lower East Side Is Under a Groove Allen Salkin, The New York Times, June 3, 2007, Retrieved September 29, 2007
  5. ^ The Listings: April 20 – April 26 April 20, 2007, The New York Times, Retrieved September 29, 2007

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Coordinates: 40°43′8.15″N 73°59′14.22″W / 40.7189306°N 73.9872833°W / 40.7189306; -73.9872833