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AHHH! You Guys Rule! We have 37 hours to hit our NEW GOAL of $10,000 to support our efforts to Keep Williamsbug Awesome!

WE REACHED OUR GOAL! Y'ALL ARE AWESOME! WOOHOO!

And we are now happy to announce a NEW REACH GOAL of $10,000! If we reach $10k, we'll be able to upgrade our equipment to make the experience at our new space go from a feeling of DIY to DI-why-would-I-ever-leave? New projectors, better lights, more cushions for butts!

AND! If we reach our new goal, we'll send all of our backers at $15 or above an exclusive RIP Dead Herring button. They're really cool. Like you.

We will also give everyone attending the Gala two free drinks!

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THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

A space for community

A space for making art


A space for sharing experiences


We're six Brooklyn-based artists, organizers, and makers; for the last six years we've been the team behind Dead Herring, a DIY space in Williamsburg that's hosted concerts and other performances by such wonderful people as Reggie Watts, Calvin Johnson, Forgetters, Vivian Girls, Pains of Being Pure at Hearts, Kurt Braunohler, Corn Mo and many many more.

Check out our photo retrospective here.

Here's what some nice people have had to say about Dead Herring:

"It’s hard to think of a venue that has meant more to us than Dead Herring."- Max Trembley, Sleepies 

"For the New York music scene, the end of Dead Herring should be treated with the same reverence as one would treat the death of a unicorn. What a rare and beautiful thing we have lost."- Aleksander Prechtl, Zulus, Prsms, Necking

"The show was a thing of punk rock dreams." - Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly, describing a Titus Andronicus show at Dead Herring

"Our best shows have probably been at Cakeshop and Dead Herring." -Peggy from Pains of Being Pure at Heart

"Best place to play" - High Places

"This was my favorite venue in New York.  Going to shows here always felt like the life I had imagined for myself was actually becoming real.  I'll really miss Dead Herring."- Madalyn Baldanzi

"What I remember is a freakin terrace and legs dangling from it. Free Blood was raunching on the floor through puddles of PBR, glass and other shit. We (Many Mansions) tried to play but blew an amp, but it was all good cuz the great folks there hooked us up when someone ran to a practice space nearby. It was on a different level from other venues. Bands actually loved to play there."- AnD, Many Mansions

"We can't wait for their first show in their new space" - Impose Magazine

Here are a few articles about Dead Herring and its final shows. 

Village Voice

Impose Magazine

Brooklyn Spaces

But all good things must come to an end, we're told. By our landlords.

Typical sad story, right? Gentrification pushing out artists who moved into the neighborhood back when it was cheap enough for adventures to occur without credit checks.

But you know what we say? NOT THIS TIME, WORLD. 

We're just not done making awesome things happen in Williamsburg. And we got SUPER lucky: we found a new space! And while no place could ever replace Dead Herring in our hearts, we have to say, this new building is even better than Dead Herring's old space! Huzzah!

We're all abuzz with the possibilities offered by this new space. Towards the end of our time at Dead Herring, we were just starting to make more theatre and host more variety shows in addition to DH's bread and butter, awesome rock shows. Our new building is perfectly suited to this emphasis on creating original performances and stretching the boundaries of a DIY space for theatre, art, comedy, dance, and music.

So: while the crew behind this new venture is the same group of hooligans who brought you Dead Herring, this is a whole new adventure for us. Here's a short list of some of the kinds of things we're excited to bring to the table:

community zone
art space
performance space
creation space
development center
hosting
immersive experience
sea battles
gallery
prop making studio
interdisciplinary
visual art exhibitions
music shows
group meals
movie night
ice cream socials
pin pong
comedy
variety
circus
dance
theater

YES.

SO WHERE DO YOU COME IN?

Our glorious new space is raw. Very raw. We've spent the last several weeks gutting the space, tearing down the drywall to expose the original, gorgeous brick, and cleaning the crap out of the walls, ceilings, and floors. We're painting, putting in artist studios, and working our butts off to make it just about the coolest performance space this side of the G train, outfitting it with lighting equipment, speakers and sound gear, a projector, and MOAR.

And we need your help. All of that cool stuff don't come for free. We're offering a bunch of awesome rewards as thank you's for your support of DIY art in Williamsburg. Also, dates with Jeff Seal.

We can't wait to share this space with YOU, and your friends, and your friends' friends. We're throwing a big gala to open the space on March 23rd--tickets to this BLOWOUT EVENT OF AWESOMENESS are just one of our rewards. Check it out.

Thanks for tuning in! We hope to see you soon!

Love,
Lizzy
Jeff
Nicki
Andrew
Katie
Ben

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR REWARDS!

CAT BOW TIE!

UNWINDULAX CAN KOOZIE! (as seen on 30 Rock)

DATE WITH JEFF SEAL!

CHECK OUT PHOTOS BY NICKI YOU CAN CHOOSE FROM!

HOMEMADE RED VELVET COOKIES!

MORRISSEY PAINTINGS!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are building this place up from scratch and funds are low and I mean low we basically can't do this at all without the support of our friends and community. But that's one of the blessings of running a DIY space: we are not in it alone. We know there is a community out there that will have our backs and step up to help us.

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    Maybe you live in a not-New-York-city or already have plans for March 23rd, but you'd like to be part of the gala anyway. We will send you a commemorative postcard wishing you were here, and we’ll raise a toast in your honor at the gala.

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    One 8 x 10 original print by Nicki Ishmael, resident photographer. Your choice of pictures... music photography, portraits, cute animals, and more! Check out the work you can choose from: http://pickapicture.tumblr.com. Plus a Gala ticket and a music download.

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    Singing Telegram! Master songstress Katie Hartman will present a singing telegram to you or a loved one. To be redeemed in the next three months wherever the Mta can take her.

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    Lizzy will paint you an original Morrissey painting with your choice of subject matter (as long as that subject involves Morrissey). Morrissey hula hooping at a picnic, Morrissey brushing his teeth, Morrissey riding a horse through a ring of fire in outer space... the possibilities are endless. (ps if you are not a Morrissey fan, your painting doesn’t have to have Morrissey in it, if that’s what you prefer). Plus a ticket to the Gala and a music download.

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    Portrait Session with Nicki Ishmael. She will use her photographic skills to capture you, your family, your band, your baby, your dog or all of the above if we can fit them in one room (must be in NYC, sorry). The pictures will be sent to you digitally. Check out her work at www.NickiIshmael.com. Plus a ticket to the Gala and a music download.

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    How does this sound: "The [Your Name] Skylight"? (Nice, right?) Our new space has a big beautiful skylight (two, actually), and the one in the performance space could be named in your honor! Haven’t you always wanted to have a skylight named after you? We will put a plaque on the wall commemorating your donation, and anytime someone marvels at the sunbeams shining through the roof, they will think of you. Plus a ticket to the Gala and a music download.

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    For this amount, you get free admission to our new space for 3 years and of course our eternal gratitude and admiration. We will have a golden chair in the space, reserved only for you, which will constantly remind us of your generosity. And you will get unlimited jewels on your crown in heaven, or whatever other afterlife reward you prefer. We also throw you a dinner party and cook you a fabulous meal. We toast your honor and serenade you with beautiful music. Plus 2 tickets to the Gala and the music download.

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