NOHO — Beloved record store Other Music on Tuesday will throw a neighborhood celebration that will spill into the streets, bidding farewell to its neighborhood space of 20 years and the loyal patrons who browsed its stacks.
The neighborhood staple will kick off the festivities at 15 E. Fourth St. with its last in-store performance from local band 75 Dollar Bill — which has released music on the store’s label, Other Music Recordings — before continuing in a procession to a final send-off celebration at the Bowery Ballroom.
And while music fans mourned the the iconic shop’s announcement in May that it will be closing, the store owner said the last hurrah will be defiantly jubilant thanks to the continued neighborhood support.
“Obviously it’s very bittersweet, but all day, every day we have people coming in and telling us how much we’ve meant to them,” said owner Josh Maddell. “We just want to celebrate that spirit and have it not feel like one more thing about New York that’s disappearing, but really celebrate the amazing music and arts culture of the city.”
Following the 75 Dollar Bill’s free performance at 5:30 p.m., local artist Matana Roberts at 6:30 p.m. will lead a march from the record store and down the Bowery to the Bowery Ballroom, where the already-sold-out Other Music Forever blowout will take place.
Maddell said he decided to expand the festivities after realizing the limited number of tickets to the Bowery Ballroom event wouldn’t be enough to include everyone who may want to say goodbye to their favorite record store.
“We realized pretty quickly that was going to sell out right away, and we weren’t going to be able to accommodate all the people who wanted to come,” he said. “We wanted to have something more inclusive — something that made some noise and celebrated the East Village arts culture.”
More information about the event can be found on the Other Music website.