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Thursday, July 31, 2021

Brooklyn Bowl is a soon-to-open live-band club/bowling alley that’s based on the premise that people want more out of their intimate-venue experience than just the music:

“To sit at a show, cock your head back, watch a band and then leave, it’s been done,” [club owner Peter] Shapiro said. “But to come see a show, do some bowling, eat some French-bread pizza from Blue Ribbon — that hasn’t been done.”

You know why “that hasn’t been done”? Because no one, i.e. the audience, wants to do it.

Oh, I’m sure fans of cosmic bowling would crave this union of ball-return machines and rock bands. But just as the disco-ball atmosphere in bowling alleys became passe, this gimmick isn’t likely to hold the crowds’ attention for long.

Frankly, if the performance club scene has to rely upon this “come for the ten-pins, stay for the rock-and-roll” pitch (or maybe that’s the other way around?), then prospects for survival are slim.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 07/31/2008 01:42:42 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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