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Lower East Side Music Scene

Living in one of the One Manhattan Square condos on the Lower East Side means unlimited access to the neighborhood’s rich and vibrant cultural scene. Eat food at world-class restaurants. Indulge in unparalleled nightlife. And, of course, head to one of LES’s many music venues and listen to your favorite performer. After all, music has played an essential role in defining what it means to live on the Lower East Side.

From punk to pop and jazz to disco, artists of all decades and genres have worked and created in the area’s legendary venues. Blondie, the Ramones, and Patti Smith called the vaunted CBGB their creative home at the beginning of their careers. Lady Gaga performed small sets to smaller crowds at Pianos at the start of hers. And acts like Radiohead and Coldplay gigged at the Bowery Ballroom during their heydays.

But today, the must-visit venue for every musician and music lover is Rockwood Music Hall. With a collection of three intimate performance spaces and some of the best acoustics in the city, it’s the ultimate spot to listen to some tunes.

Here, you’ll find an eclectic lineup every day of the week, ranging from up-and-comers to Grammy Award winners. If you’re a musicophile, take the 18-minute stroll from One Manhattan Square to Allen Street and catch unbelievable artists like Norah Jones and Sara Bareilles performing their hits or maybe even trying out some new material. Rockwood Music Hall isn’t just a place for big names; it’s also known as an incubator for artists on the brink of making it.

Settle in and head to the balcony for a bird’s-eye view or grab a seat right by the stage and listen to the “next thing” in music before they start selling out arenas. You may never get to see them in an intimate setting again. And who knows who you’ll see in the audience with you: Rockwood is a place where celebs go to see their friends and faves perform.

Grab a drink at the bar when the show is over. The wine list is surprisingly solid, especially for a music venue. Compare notes with fellow fans and maybe even get to talk to the musician yourself.

The less social concert-goer can always return home to the luxe splendor of One Manhattan Square and maybe play a little more music at home.

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