NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — AEG Live has entered into a partnership with the Bensusan family to present shows at New York's new 700-capacity HighLine Ballroom. The Bensusans, who also own and operate New York’s Blue Note Jazz Club and the B.B. King Blues Blues Club & Grill, have been operating as independent promoters in New York for more than 25 years. An April 30 show featuring Lou Reed kicks off the partnership.
Located in New York’s meat packing district, the HighLine Ballroom provides open sightlines of the stage from every area within the club and features state-of-the-art PA, digital sound boards, lighting and the largest stage in the city for a club of comparable size. moe., Mos Def, Amy Winehouse, Jonatha Brooke, Spank Rock, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli and Disco Biscuits are booked for its opening month. Toffer Christensen is HighLine's in-house talent buyer.
"We are very excited about this great partnership with our long-time friends, the Bensusans,” says Mark Shulman, AEG Live vice president – Talent, Northeast. “Together we will be able to promote artists in a space which will enable them to put on their best show while giving fans the best services, sightlines and sound in the city. Finding a suitable concert space in New York City is a challenge, but the HighLine Ballroom is ideal."
“We are looking forward to the club opening and starting a new chapter in the history of New York City live music,” says Steve Bensusan. — Bob Grossweinerand Bob Grossweiner