You keep hearing everyone saying it, so it has to be true: live music is back.

For those who have been paying attention, the past week has been something called Independent Venue Week, a series of events around the country sponsored by the lobbying group National Independent Venue Association, which started last year in order to direct COVID-19-related aid money to the aforementioned independent venues. 


This year, they’ve adopted the D.C.-based singer-songwriting act Bartees Strange as their brand ambassador, an indie singer who broke out last year with a somewhat random collection of National covers. And these days, venues are actually putting on shows: here’s the ones in Bushwick.


Image courtesy of The Turk’s Inn.

The Turk’s Inn (Rooftop)

At 5 p.m. Friday night, Parquet Courts guitarist and Brooklyn-resident Austin Brown will be making an appearance on the rooftop of The Turk’s Inn, notable for being one of the first local venues to get live music started again. He’ll be DJing with Bryce Hackford, who has been intermittently releasing electronic music under his own name since 2010.

Turk’s Inn is located at 234 Starr St. Catch the details over here.


Image courtesy of Purgatory.

Purgatory

On Saturday, the bar and club Purgatory will be hosting another of its “Black Rainbow” new wave dance parties, which has become the place to hear old school working DJs like Tommie Sunshine, Conrad Clifton and DJ Mark Gertz busy at work behind the turntables.

Purgatory is located at 675 Central Ave. and catch the details over here.


Image courtesy of Our Wicked Lady.

Our Wicked Lady

The rooftop over at Our Wicked Lady has become something of a local institution for bands that like playing with a view and the bar has been kicking things off this month with a killer lineup of recognizable names. Last weekend saw the Black Sabbath cover band-slash-indie supergroup Black Sabbath Cover Band Rehearsal take the stage and this Sunday will see former A Place to Bury Strangers bassist Dion Lunadon doing a solo show, coincidentally two days after his erstwhile band put out a new EP on their own label. Pitchfork calls it “meticulous.”

Our Wicked Lady is located at 153 Morgan Ave. and catch details about the show over here.


Image courtesy of The Muse.

The Muse

If you’e not feeling up for rock and roll on Sunday night, The Muse is hosting what they bill as the city’s finest circus troupe in action – doing everything from juggling to flipping to flying high with aerial acrobatics. But wait, there’s more: if you stay long enough, they will also let guests try their own luck at doing some of those things too.

The Muse is located at 350 Moffat St. and catch details about the show over here.


Top photo via Our Wicked Lady.

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