Friday, November 5, 2010
Extra Place - Max's Kansas City Redux Amid The Ruins Of CBGB
(Image via: EP-NYC.com)
Anyone who's been reading here for any length of time knows we're always on the lookout for any new information about the infamous New York City nightclub Max's Kansas City. So imagine our surprise earlier today, when paying our daily visit to EVGrieve, to learn of the existance of a new, exclusive club that has opened in the basement of the John Varvatos Gallery, formerly C.B.G.B. And we were excited to learn that the club is called Extra Place by Max's Kansas City, touting itself as "NYC's premiere music and private event space." And apparently they've been open since January 2010...who knew? Probably not you. But don't feel bad about that, the place is not open to the general public. A bit more information on Extra Place by Max's Kansas City from their website...
Almost 30 years have passed since the cultural institution Max’s Kansas City closed its doors. Andy Warhol once stated that it was “the exact place where pop art met pop life,” while William S. Burroughs credited it as “the intersection of it all.” However, its legacy lives on as the focal point of art, music, and fashion. Inspired by this history, the Max's Kansas City Co. opened Extra Place in January of 2010 as a venue for live music and exclusive private events. Located beneath the former home of CBGB, with an entrance on the storied alley Extra Pl. (off of 1st Street between the Bowery and 2nd Avenue), Extra Place by the Max's Kansas City Company revives the debaucherous and creative history that made the location so legendary. The Max’s Kansas City company renews these hallowed grounds by establishing Extra Place, a venue for the industries of art, music, and fashion.
The website also describes the space as "4,400 square feet, which is never open to the public." Recent events at EPMKCNYC have included performances by Yelawolf, Wavves, Two Door Cinema Club, DJ Skeet Skeet, Funeral Party, La Sera and many others.
So once again, four years after the shuttering of the birthplace of punk, music is being made at 315 Bowery, albiet now in the basement, formerly the toilets of CBGB (one of which remains intact and on display as part of the new club), only this time under the banner of the legendary Max's Kansas City name.