Venues that regularly book emerging/new wave Latin sounds and artists are in scarce supply in NYC, despite the thriving music and nightlife scenes here.
Subrosa, a venue billing itself as “a new creative hub for eclectic music, with an emphasis on Latin and World music disciplines,” aims to create one of these spaces in the heart of NYC’s luxury bro-ed out Meatpacking District.
Based on the press release, it sounds like this space will be something along the lines of Joe’s Pub; the intimate basement venue, located on 63 Gansevoort St., has a 120-person capacity and plans to present two nightly live music shows as well as serving food. Judging from the initial lineup of confirmed artists — which includes a residency by Cuban musicians The Pedrito Martínez Group, as well as performances by the Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio, Jose ‘Pepito’ Gomez’s Special Tribute to Buena Vista Social Club, and the Francisco Mela Son Quartet — the space will cater to an older crowd interested in more traditional Latin sounds. (Which isn’t a huge surprise when you see the term “World Music” in a press release…).
Though it may not be the forward-thinking Latin nightlife venue we’ve been hoping for, we’re always happy to see more spaces showcasing Latin artists, and this one will provide an alternative to spaces like S.O.B.’s, as well as an outlet for musicians who operate outside of the Top 40/tropical Latin music circuits.
Subrosa will be owned and operated by Blue Note Entertainment Group (BNEG), the company behind New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King Blues Club, and Highline Ballroom.
63 Gansevoort St.
New York, NY 10014
Shows at 7:00PM & 9:00PM