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Oct 27, 2016

Sofar Sounds Hits Astoria For a Night of Pop-Up Live Music!

You guys, I got VERY excited when I heard this: Sofar Sounds is holding their very first Astoria show next Wednesday! What is Sofar Sounds, you might ask? It’s pretty much (…)

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Photo Courtesy of Sofar Sounds' Facebook page

Photo Courtesy of Sofar Sounds’ Facebook page

You guys, I got VERY excited when I heard this: Sofar Sounds is holding their very first Astoria show next Wednesday!

What is Sofar Sounds, you might ask? It’s pretty much the coolest organization out there. They curate intimate pop-up concerts in unique space around the city, and around the world. Every night, they’re hosting shows in living rooms, retail shops, co-working spaces, and pretty much any unconventional space you can think of. I’ve attended shows at a hoodie shop, a bakery, a tequila factory, a co-working space, and in multiple living rooms.

Besides the out-of-the-ordinary locations, what also makes these events awesome is the element of surprise. On Sofar’s website, they list upcoming concerts by neighborhood only: everything else is a surprise. When guests apply to attend, they won’t know the specific location or the three artists that will be performing that night. If your application is successful, you’ll be notified with just the location the day before the show. You literally walk into the concert not knowing who the performers are! I’ve seen pretty much every genre at these shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn: indie rock, hip hop, instrumental, even a cappella.

As I mentioned, Sofar’s very first Astoria show is taking place next Wednesday, November 2, and they’re still taking applications. If you’re interested, don’t delay, because this show WILL sell out. You can apply here, and also check out any upcoming shows in other neighborhoods.

Also, most events are BYOB, so why not stop at Astoria Bier & Cheese first to pick up a few brews to go with your tunes? That’s my plan!

For more information on how to attend, host, or perform at a Sofar Sounds show, check out their official website here.

To give you an idea what a Sofar Sounds show looks like, here is Evening Darling, a band with Astoria roots, performing at a bakery in Manhattan earlier this year:

 

Good luck applying, and I hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

2 Comments

Olivia Poglianich

I hosted this! So proud to have been the first in Astoria. If I host another you’ll have to come! :)

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