The Bowery Ballroom

Oct 1, 2013 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher

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Chelsea Wolfe ignited the Bowery Ballroom in September 2013

The Bowery Ballroom has been open in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for the past 15 years. Operating under the aegis of Northeastern concert-promotion and venue management company The Bowery Presents, and with a capacity of 550, The Bowery Ballroom is selling out shows every week, presenting up-and-coming indie rock bands alongside the likes of Arcade Fire, The Pixies and Yoko Ono. In July, the readers of Rolling Stone magazine named the Bowery Ballroom one of the 10 best live music venues in the U.S., citing its “consistently great sound and sight lines.”

Production manager and front-of-house engineer Kenny Lienhardt has worked at The Bowery since the day it opened, mixing about four headlining acts and most opening acts each week. "I started as the only monitor guy for two years or so, and inherited the PM job about 12 years ago," Lienhardt says. "I'm the only staff FOH guy, with an occasional sub from the crew. I mix about four headliners and most openers each week. The reason the Bowery sounds consistently great is a combination of things—some planned, some 'happy accidents.' I feel the main reason for the good sound is [our] analog equipment and full-range P.A. bins, versus digital consoles and line arrays, and the particular room treatments we employ, [which we] first used at Mercury Lounge, our first club.

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Kenny Lienhardt, the Bowery Ballroom's production manager and front-of-house engineer, at the venue's Midas Heritage 3000 console.

“The high balcony and 25-foot-wide stage in a 35-foot-wide room guarantee even coverage and great sight lines,” Lienhardt says. “The [room] treatments eliminate any standing waves, and to a great degree, [the need for] any bass traps. The P.A. also has plenty of Crown [Audio] power to provide lots of headroom and great coverage straight to the back evenly. The wood floor also ensures the subs will transmit a ‘thump’ to every pair of feet in the house, even when its packed. Concrete won’t do that.”






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