Would You Go See a Gig in a Bowling Alley? I Would–If It Was This Bowling Alley.

For many people, bowling is exercise for the drunk.  But Brooklyn Bowl thinks it can be so much more.  They think the local alley can also be an awesome concert venue.

The first Brooklyn Bowl opened in–you guessed it–Brooklyn in 2009.  It was so successful that a second location was opened inside the O2 Arena in London earlier this month.  And now a Las Vegas alley will open March 8.

Scheduled to appear at the Vegas location are Jane’s Addiction, Phil Lesh, The Roots, Cake and Elvis Costello.  A full report with a complete list of confirmed gigs can be found at The Hollywood Reporter.

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2 thoughts on “Would You Go See a Gig in a Bowling Alley? I Would–If It Was This Bowling Alley.

  • The Brooklyn version is great. Perhaps the most memorable gig I’ve caught there was a DJ set by Questlove (from The Roots) followed by a 25-ish song Guns N’ Roses set last June before they were set to headline Governors Ball two days hence. Axl and the keyboardist are the only remaining classic-edition members remaining, but the musicians they’ve added are first-rate, and seeing them crush the rock and the roll for two plus hours (Axl disappears for breaks during extended guitar solos) was pretty amazing in that setting, with great sound and maybe 200 people. And I’m not much of a GNR fan, either.


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