Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Death of Tonic in New York City

Tonic is (was) a Lower East Side club founded by avant-composer John Zorn that featured live performances upstairs and DJ music in the grimy basement, known as subTonic. Over Thanksgiving the boyfriend and I had the great pleasure of attending Bunker, a weekly techno party, where we met Derek Plaslaiko and lots of very friendly (drunken) NY tech-heads. Today I received an email about the last Bunker in subTonic as Tonic is closing down. Here's the info for anyone who might like to keep up with New York's techno scene:
Yes, it's true, Tonic is closing its doors for good. Tonic has been having financial difficulties for years, and is being evicted from the building for not paying rent for many months. We had an amazing four years in the subTonic basement, hosted a mind-boggling number of amazing guests, and presented tons of incredible sets from residents Spinoza, Timeblind, kleverVice, Movement, Unjust, and Derek Plaslaiko. While we will certainly miss our beloved dirty basement, it's time for a change. Starting Next Friday April 20, we will be moving the Bunker to Luna Lounge in Williamsburg. Luna Lounge has East Village roots (they were a club on Ludlow Street from 1995-2005 before they were priced out of the neighborhood), an amazing EAW sound system, friendly management, cheap drinks, nice big clean bathrooms, and space for large parties. We will present a live hardware set from John Tejada on SATURDAY April 28, and then will be at Luna Lounge every Friday starting in May. The Bunker simply wouldn't exist without the support of all of our fans, and we thank you for standing by us for the past 4+ years, and hope you will follow us across the bridge.

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