Thursday, February 5, 2009

Venue Review: Trash Bar

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Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Address: 256 Grand St. (between Driggs & Roebling)
Size: Small
Directions: L to Bedford, walk ten blocks south, then two blocks east

Acoustics: B+
Booking: C+
Helpfulness to bands: D
Atmosphere: B-

Acoustics - Oddly enough, for a really crappy, small, back-of-bar venue, this place has great sound. The music is quite clear - though muffled if not loud. But obviously, it's gonna be loud. The equipment isn't great, but sound people seem to be competent enough to make up for it.

Booking - It's easy to book a show there, but they're one of those places that puts together line-ups of completely unrelated bands. They can be accomodating if you have more than one band you want to play together, but they don't seem to pay much attention or communicate well, so they may end up screwing you over. In this way, they're pretty much exactly like Lit Lounge - changing line-ups and set times without notifying bands, etc.

Helpfulness - This venue does not help out bands much before the show (see above) and they aren't much better on the day of. The sound engineering is done well enough, but there's not really any other support. You're pretty much on your own.

Atmosphere - It's a biker bar. I don't know what else to say about that. The location isn't convenient, but on the upside, shows and drinks are pretty cheap.

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