“Folks mentioned it wasn’t gonna work,” recollects co-owner Cory Plump about when he and his companions opened Midtown Kingston underground music venue Tubby’s in 2018. “You already know, ‘This isn’t Austin, Texas!’ or no matter. I shrugged it off.” 5 years later, even after the pandemic, the membership is flourishing, having introduced dozens of touring and regional acts, with many extremely notable names amongst them. And now, to rejoice, the bar is throwing a three-day celebration that includes some veteran and fast-rising artists: Tubby’s 5-Yr Anniversary Weekend, which can happen September 29 via October 1.
The absolutely stacked weekend kicks off on September 29 with appearances by cult-fave singer-songwriter Bonnie “Prince” Billy AKA Will Oldham; Austin postpunk quartet Hidden Ritual; Michigan indie poppers Idle Ray; and, from Brooklyn, electro/sax rockers P.E., noise punkers Weeping Icon, and dreamy electronica challenge Zenizen.
September 30 guarantees monumental avant jazz bassist William Parker and his trio; Austin free rock collective Water Harm; angular New York rockers Weak Indicators; Neil Younger-ish Connecticut foursome Mountain Movers; Brooklyn emcee Akai Solo; influential slowcore pioneers Codeine; and New York trance/ethnic/jazz juggernaut the 75 Greenback Invoice Little Huge Band, whose 2020 Stay at Tubby’s double LP drastically helped to place the venue on the worldwide map.
October 1 closes out the event in superb type with units by returning downtown Manhattan legends the Bush Tetras; Huge Apple rap duo Armand Hammer; Chicago psych jammers the Bitchin’ Bajas; New York hip-hopper Billy Woods; Brooklyn producer/rapper Elucid; ex-Dum Dum Ladies/Vivian Ladies/Crystal Stilts member Frankie Rose; Kingston area rockers Ultraam; Hudson Valley electronica artist Photay; South Korean drone act Tenngger; Egyptian vocalist Nadah El Shazly; and enigmatic Chicago outsiders ONO.
“We’ve had bands that play 1,000-capacity rooms and the subsequent evening come and play right here,” says Plump, citing Tubby’s bookings of ballroom-packing names like Black Midi, OFF!, and Protomartyr into what he describes as a “small, 100-ish-person present area.” A significant a part of what retains the cool bands coming again—and retains attracting new ones—is the empathetic therapy that featured artists take pleasure in on the membership, whose workers contains musicians from the identical DIY touring group.
“The primary time I performed Tubby’s, in November 2018, I felt instantly welcome and at dwelling,” says Codeine’s Chris Brokaw, who has appeared a number of occasions on the nightspot as a solo artist and with the Martha’s Winery Ferries and different initiatives. “The vibe felt enjoyable and humorous, the dub on the stereo was a welcome aid from all the pieces you hear all over the place. It made me really feel like somebody was talking my language. So I saved going again and it’s at all times good. Issues like ‘feeding the band good meals, free of charge’ and ‘a free band condo’ are issues I very not often encounter within the US, and these items are large. Paying the bands decently. The record goes on and on! It’s one in every of my favourite venues on Earth.”
Tubby’s 5-Yr Anniversary Weekend will run September 29 via October 1. Single-night and three-day common admission and VIP passes can be found; see web site for pricing.