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After achieving our goal to make a permanent home, the Mister and Nowadays family is aiming to build a mind-blowing sound system.
Because of the support our campaign received, not only will Nowadays open as a safe, legal space for music, food, drinks, learning and in-real-life human interaction – it’ll do so with incredible sound. Thank you.
Because of the support our campaign received, not only will Nowadays open as a safe, legal space for music, food, drinks, learning and in-real-life human interaction – it’ll do so with incredible sound. Thank you.
897 backers pledged $102,762 to help bring this project to life.

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MIND-BLOWING SOUND AT NOWADAYS: A $100,000 GOAL

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FOR NEARLY A DECADE, we've grown a community around Mister Saturday Night, Mister Sunday and Nowadays in temporary and seasonal spaces. 

After achieving our goal to build a permanent indoor space at Nowadays, we now have the opportunity to build a mind-blowing sound system.

The indoors of Nowadays is already warm and inviting, thanks to a massive set of wraparound windows that bathe the space in northern and western sunlight. We've also laid a large wood floor for maximum coziness, and we've secured enough to install a nice hi-fi system for listening music. We've now teamed up with SBS Designs to bring incredible sound for dancing.

SBS Designs is run by Craig "Shorty" Bernabeu. Inheriting a love of sound from his audiophile father, his passion led him to become a tech at Zanzibar, where Tony Humphries would call him mid-set to come tweak the Richard Long-designed system. (Long was also the inventor of the Bertha and the designer of the Paradise Garage's sound system.) This experience led Steve Dash to tap Shorty as the lead sound engineer at Twilo through the late 90s.

With all this knowledge, Shorty stepped out to design his own systems, most notably at Stereo in Montreal – a system that Francois K was rumored to have said was the best he'd played on since his days at the Garage – and most recently at Analog, which he opened in Brooklyn. 

Now Shorty is designing the system at Nowadays. No matter what, the sound will be great, but with your help, we'll be able to come out of the gates with something that will blow you away.

Work in progress. The future dance floor and communal seating area indoors at Nowadays.
Work in progress. The future dance floor and communal seating area indoors at Nowadays.

 

A rendering of communal seating at Nowadays indoors. We'll probably have a different color scheme, but you get the idea.
A rendering of communal seating at Nowadays indoors. We'll probably have a different color scheme, but you get the idea.

 

Another rendering, this one of the dance floor indoors.
Another rendering, this one of the dance floor indoors.

 

Nowadays' interior as we found it.
Nowadays' interior as we found it.

 

WHAT YOUR FUNDS WILL DO

Our current goal is $100,000. After reaching our initial goal of $50,000 to secure the safety, licensing and permitting of Nowadays indoors, we are now stretching to build an incredible sound system. We are working with Craig "Shorty" Bernabeu at SBS Designs to install a custom SBS Slammer system. Early in the days of Mister Saturday Night, we were blessed to have one of Shorty's systems at our party. It was the best system we've ever played on, and it immediately reminded us of the systems we'd heard in New York in the late 90s and early 2000s. 

Most sound these days orients subwoofers on one side of a room to provide the cleanest bass. But old school New York systems have the bass set up in four corners, which, when done correctly, creates an immersive feeling that submerges you in sound no matter where you are on the dance floor – all while running at a volume that allows you to have a conversation on the dance floor.

We want the sound at Nowadays to be spoken about in the same breath as Zanzibar, the Paradise Garage, Vinyl and Twilo. With your help, we can make that happen.

A stack designed by Shorty at an early Mister Saturday Night party.
A stack designed by Shorty at an early Mister Saturday Night party.


A BRIEF HISTORY OF MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT AND NOWADAYS

Almost a decade ago, we started a party. The idea was simple, to create the best possible environment for people to connect to each other and to themselves through music.

We started in a club, but it became clear that the ingredients weren't right, so we moved into live/work, DIY spaces in Brooklyn, places where the ethos was about community instead of cash, where there was freedom to set up in a manner that was conducive to dancing, meeting people and actually enjoying music.

Along the way, we saw our dream coming true. People were becoming friends through the party; romances bloomed, and marriages happened; early attendees had kids and started bringing them out for their first dances. As this unfolded before our eyes, we realized we needed a permanent home for the community that had grown up around the parties.

The precariousness of relying on spaces rented on an ad hoc basis, with no guarantee for the future, jeopardized the sustainability of something that had become important in the lives of many people.  So we went on a hunt for a needle in a haystack – a big piece of undeveloped land in or around Brooklyn with a sizable indoor space, not too far away from a train, but not too close to neighbors.

After a couple years of searching, we found an old cabinet factory with a big back yard on the border of Brooklyn and Queens in Ridgewood. We started by turning the back yard into a seasonal, summertime bar, restaurant and venue where we could host Mister Sunday as well as some other cool programming. This is what the yard looked like when we found it:

How It Looked When We Found It
How It Looked When We Found It


And this is what we turned it into:

Hanging on the hill in the back yard at the 'days.
Hanging on the hill in the back yard at the 'days.

 

Mister Sunday at Nowadays.
Mister Sunday at Nowadays.

We have achieved our first goal of $50,000 which will allow us to open a year-round, permanent indoor space for hanging, eating, drinking, listening, learning and dancing. Now we've set our sites on our next goal – $100,000 to help us build the most special sound system in New York.  We hope that you'll help us.

THANK YOU

We've set a number of rewards in return for helping us reach our goals. Beyond contributing, we need your help to spread the word. Don't worry if you're not in a position to give: a post on your Facebook page, or an email to your friends is priceless.

Whatever you do, we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts.

Sincerely,

Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter

 

ABOUT NOWADAYS

Nowadays is a unique indoor and outdoor space for experiencing exceptional music, food, drinks and other cultural programming, situated on the Brooklyn-Queens border. With the late spring 2017 opening of our five-thousand-square-foot, sun drenched, acoustically treated indoor bar, communal dining room and dance floor, Nowadays will be open year-round. 

Nowadays will be the home of the long standing Mister Saturday Night and Mister Sunday dance parties, and in 2017 will feature new dance parties with local and international DJ friends playing on a world class sound system on a beautiful dance floor.

This year Nowadays will also host an outdoor weekly live music series in partnership with Le Poisson Rouge, and it will be the new home for Planetarium, the hi-fi listening and live music event series started by owners Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. In fact listening will be a theme at Nowadays, and to that end, we're installing a second hi-fidelity listening system for when it's time to sit back and let the sound wash over you.

Music comes first at Nowadays, but it's also a chill place to relax with any number of friends. We'll have lots of space inside and outside. There's a full bar and a food program overseen by Henry Rich of Rucola, June and Fitzcaraldo. We'll take bookings for large groups on our website.

We'll also host a weekly film series in partnership with Maysles Cinema and host classes on a range of really edifying and interesting topics with our friends at Think Olio.

We're looking forward to seeing you at a table, in the back yard, at a class, a film screening or concert, or on the dance floor soon. The good old days are Nowadays.

 

Risks and challenges

RUNNING A SPACE AIN'T EASY

Bad weather, a maze of NYC regulations, a notoriously tough business: running a space for food, drinks and events is not a walk in the park. The good news is that we've been doing it for years. Gowanus Grove, Industry City and the Nowadays back yard had to go through most of the same permitting processes as the indoors at Nowadays, so we've already got plenty of experience navigating these waters. And we've learned how the business functions seven days a week by doing two summers of Nowadays.

Beyond that, we recently added Henry Rich to our team. Henry has run Rucola (our favorite post-Mister Sunday restaurant), Fitzcarraldo, the Commissary at Metrograph, June Wine Bar and a host of other restaurants. He's a real pro.

EXPANDING TO YEAR-ROUND BUSINESS IS NEW

We know what it's like to run a seasonal outdoor venue, but we've never run a year-round space. Luckily Henry has the aforementioned experience; Eamon's former life saw him project managing big budgets and hundreds of employees in the tech world; and Justin spent a couple years as the Music Director at APT, which hosted seven nights a week of programming. This is a new experience for all of us, but collectively, we've got some years behind us, and we've always been good with new challenges.

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    THE FIRST MIX, JUST FOR YOU

    + A recording of the first Mister Saturday Night party at Nowadays, just for you

    We'll send you a recording of the mix from our very first Mister Saturday Night at Nowadays. The recording will only be for the people who support our Kickstarter campaign.

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    YOUR NAME ON THE WALL

    + Your name incorporated into a piece of art on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    We'll incorporate your name into a piece of art on the wall at our new indoor space, so you can always come and say, "I helped build this place!" You'll also get that mix.

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    A LIMITED MISTER SATURDAY NIGHT TEE

    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    We're making a one-time only color combo of our Mister Saturday Night tee for Kickstarter supporters at this level – a black moon on a white shirt. They'll be hand-screened in Brooklyn on a high quality Alternative Apparel shirt.

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    THE NOWADAYS SAMPLER *EARLY BIRD*

    + Two tickets to one Mister Sunday
    + Two tickets to one Think Olio class
    + Two tickets to one LPR-produced Thursday-night concert
    + Dinner for two at Nowadays, including two entrees and drinks
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    This summer Nowadays will have host an outdoor concert series with Le Poisson Rouge, Tuesday-night classes with Think Olio, a free Monday-night film series with Maysles Cinema, a great food and drink menu guided by Henry Rich of Rucola – and, of course, be the home of Mister Saturday Night, Mister Sunday and a range of new parties. This package gives you and a friend an opportunity to sample a few of the things that will make Nowadays special.

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    THE NOWADAYS SAMPLER

    + Two tickets to one Mister Sunday
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    + Two tickets to one LPR-produced Thursday-night concert
    + Dinner for two at Nowadays, including two entrees and drinks
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    This summer Nowadays will have host an outdoor concert series with Le Poisson Rouge, Tuesday-night classes with Think Olio, a free Monday-night film series with Maysles Cinema, a great food and drink menu guided by Henry Rich of Rucola – and, of course, be the home of Mister Saturday Night, Mister Sunday and a range of new parties. This package gives you and a friend an opportunity to sample a few of the things that will make Nowadays special.

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    MISTER SUNDAY, MARCH 26 + LIMITED TEE

    + Two tickets to Mister Sunday on March 26
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    You'll get two tickets to the indoor Mister Sunday party on March 26th plus all the other goodies above.

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    OPENING PARTY + SAMPLER *EARLY BIRD*

    + Two tickets to opening night of Nowadays' indoor space – a very special Mister Saturday Night.
    + Two tickets to one Mister Sunday
    + Two tickets to one Think Olio class
    + Two tickets to one LPR-produced Thursday-night concert
    + Dinner for two at Nowadays, including two entrees and drinks
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    The very first party at Nowadays will be a super special edition of Mister Saturday Night. Backers at this level and above will be able to come with a friend. It's a party just for you. (We hope to have the indoors open in mid-May. Fingers crossed! No matter when it happens, you'll have tickets to that first night.)

    Beyond that, you'll get the Nowadays sampler listed above.

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    A LIMITED EDITION MISTER SWEATSHIRT

    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night sweatshirt
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

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    PLANETARIUM WITH PHOTAY + TEE + TUNES

    + Two tickets to Planetarium featuring Eamon and Justin DJing and Evan Shorenstein aka Photay playing a few live ambient sounds on March 31
    + An exclusive download of three unreleased songs by Evan Shorenstein aka Photay
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    You'll get two tickets to a super special edition of Planetarium with Eamon and Justin playing records and Evan Shorenstein aka Photay playing live. In addition, you'll get three unreleased Photay songs as well as all the other goodies listed above.

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    OPENING PARTY + SAMPLER

    + Two tickets to opening night of Nowadays' indoor space – a very special Mister Saturday Night.
    + Two tickets to one Mister Sunday
    + Two tickets to one Think Olio class
    + Two tickets to one LPR-produced Thursday-night concert
    + Dinner for two at Nowadays, including two entrees and drinks
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    The very first party at Nowadays will be a super special edition of Mister Saturday Night. Backers at this level and above will be able to come with a friend. It's a party just for you. (We hope to have the indoors open in mid-May. Fingers crossed! No matter when it happens, you'll have tickets to that first night.)

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    OPENING PARTY + SAMPLER + TEE

    + Two tickets to opening night of Nowadays' indoor space – a very special Mister Saturday Night.
    + Two tickets to one Mister Sunday
    + Two tickets to one Think Olio class
    + Two tickets to one LPR-produced Thursday-night concert
    + Dinner for two at Nowadays, including two entrees and drinks
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    The very first party at Nowadays will be a super special edition of Mister Saturday Night. Backers at this level and above will be able to come with a friend. It's a party just for you. (We hope to have the indoors open in mid-May. Fingers crossed! No matter when it happens, you'll have tickets to that first night.)

    Beyond that, you'll get the Nowadays sampler listed above.

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    OPENING PARTY + SAMPLER + SWEATSHIRT

    + Two tickets to opening night of Nowadays' indoor space – a very special Mister Saturday Night.
    + Two tickets to one Mister Sunday
    + Two tickets to one Think Olio class
    + Two tickets to one LPR-produced Thursday-night concert
    + Dinner for two at Nowadays, including two entrees and drinks
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night sweatshirt
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    The very first party at Nowadays will be a super special edition of Mister Saturday Night. Backers at this level and above will be able to come with a friend. It's a party just for you. (We hope to have the indoors open in mid-May. Fingers crossed! No matter when it happens, you'll have tickets to that first night.)

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    MSN RECORDS SUBSCRIPTION

    + All the EPs, LPs and CDs on Mister Saturday Night Records that we have in stock (pretty much everything)
    + Digital downloads of every Mister release, ever
    + Each new release in 2017, mailed to you when it's released
    + A pair of Mister slipmats
    + Signed copies of Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter's Weekends and Beginnings Mix
    + Includes musical creations from Anthony Naples, Atlus, Caribou, Dark Sky, Eamon Harkin, General Ludd, Gunnar Haslam, Justin Carter, Maurice Fulton, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Nebraska and a bunch of others.
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    We'll ship you every record in our catalog (as long as it's in stock – almost everything is), and we'll send you every release in 2017 as soon as it comes out. We'll also throw in the exclusive Mister shirt, a pair of Mister slipmats and some stickers.

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    SEASON PASS TO OUTDOOR LPR CONCERTS

    + Two passes to every Thursday-night Nowadays/LPR outdoor concert this summer
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    Le Poisson Rouge will be presenting weekly outdoor concerts at Nowadays this summer, every Thursday night. The lineup is still in the works, but LPR do some of the best programming in town – we've seen everyone from Micachu and the Shapes to Beck to Steve Reich at their home space. If you pledge at this level, you and a friend will be on the list for every concert they do this summer.

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    MISTER SUNDAY SEASON PASS

    + Two passes to every Mister Sunday this outdoor season
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    Be on the list with a friend for every outdoor Mister Sunday party this season. It's typically about twenty-five parties, so that's $500 less than you'd pay otherwise.

    (Valued at $1050)

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    LUNCH, MUSIC AND A RECORD

    + A private lunch with Eamon or Justin
    + A listening session featuring special selections just for you
    + Take home any one record played in the session
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    On off hours at Nowadays one day, Eamon or Justin will serve up something nice for lunch and put some excellent listening music on our hi-fi system. (Beyond our party sound system, we'll be installing a vintage hi-fi with voice-of-the-theater speakers and an Japanese tube amp.) At the end of the session, you can take home any one record that we've played.

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    E&J DJ FOR YOU **EARLY BIRD**

    + Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter will DJ at your house party, club night, wedding, bar mitzvah or what-have-you.
    + You name the location, and we'll figure out a date within our tour schedule. (Transportation will need to be taken care of if it's outside of New York City.)
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    Eamon and Justin will come DJ for you. We'll need to work it out with our touring schedules, and we'll need you to cover our travel costs if it's outside of NYC, but we will make it happen!

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    EAMON AND JUSTIN DJ FOR YOU

    + Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter will DJ at your house party, club night, wedding, bar mitzvah or what-have-you.
    + You name the location, and we'll figure out a date within our tour schedule. (Transportation will need to be taken care of if it's outside of New York City.)
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    Eamon and Justin will come DJ for you. We'll need to work it out with our touring schedules, and we'll need you to cover our travel costs if it's outside of NYC, but we will make it happen!

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    A PRIVATE MISTER

    + A private Mister Saturday Night party for you and up to 200 friends
    + Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter DJ
    + You name the location (in the five boroughs)
    + We bring the sound
    + A limited-edition black on white Mister Saturday Night tee
    + Your name on the wall at Nowadays
    + A private mix of the very first party at Nowadays

    We'll bring the Nowadays and Mister experience to the place of your choosing (as long as it's in the five boroughs), and you can invite up to 200 people. Our sound system, our disco ball, and our records.

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