NYC venue Sullivan Hall unexpectedly closed its doors yesterday. The venue, which was
named Lion's Den, was one of the rooms that picked up the slack when Wetlands closed in
The venue was located in the heart of Greenwich Village and hosted many up-and-coming acts
over the years. We reached out to the venue's representatives, CEG Presents, who have shared a statement
about how it went down. We'll post it in full, so you can read the news "straight from the horse's mouth."
Live music venue Sullivan Hall in Manhattan is officially and permanently closed, as is
DJ club Sullivan Room. We’ve been going month to month for nearly a year hoping we can get
a new lease or an extension, but the ownership of the building decided to go in a
different direction with the space. We knew that our future there was limited, but we did
not anticipate the abrupt closure yesterday. We apologize to all of the performers who
were unable to reschedule; the employees of the club who were given little to no notice;
and all of the fans who were planning on attending our upcoming shows. While we are
disappointed, we are thankful for a very long run as a music venue in New York City, and
are very proud of what we accomplished.
In anticipation of the venue’s closure, CEG Presents who booked Sullivan Hall, has formed
new booking agreements with venues such as Drom in the East Village, Fontana’s on the
Lower East Side, new outdoor downtown venue Watermark, etc. CEG also books shows at many
area venues including BB King’s, Brooklyn Bowl, Cutting Room, Highline Ballroom, Gramercy
Theatre, Irving Plaza, Le Poisson Rouge, etc. In addition, CEG does concert cruises w/
Rocks Off and Circle Line during the summer; books shows in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia;
produces annual events such as the Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball and Summer Jazz Festival; and
does an annual series during the evenings and weekends of Jazz Fest in New Orleans.
The Lion’s Den opened in 1991. CEG started booking the venue in 1996, and quickly made it
a strong competitor to other comparably-sized NYC venues. In order to keep up with the
ever-changing landscape of live music venues in New York City, it was CEG’s vision to
upgrade the Lion’s Den to the revamped Sullivan Hall in 2008. We're proud of the stellar
lineup of musicians that CEG booked at Lion's Den and Sullivan Hall through the years:
each member of Phish (Trey Anastasio, Mike Gordon, Jon Fishman, and Page McConnell),
Anders Osborne, Bill Kreutzmann, Dashboard Confessional, Dennis Brown, Derek Trucks Band,
Dirty Heads, Disco Biscuits, Dr. John, English Beat, Lotus, The Low Anthem, Marco
Benevento, Marc Ribot, Matisyahu, Meat Puppets, Medeski Martin & Hunter, moe., Mos Def, ?
uestlove, Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Rubblebucket, Six
Cheek (The Lumineers), String Cheese Incident, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Umphrey’s
McGee, Warren Haynes, Zac Brown Band and many more.
Throughout the years, CEG developed many young acts in the space that went on to much
larger venues and that tradition continued to the very end with up & coming acts such as
Dopapod, The Main Squeeze, The Revivalists, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, and many
Prior to CEG’s involvement, Alice in Chains and Ben Folds Five did early gigs in their
career at Lion’s Den.
We are so grateful to all of the musicians, fans, and members of the music industry for an
incredible 17 year run and we look forward to being with all of you at our future shows
for the next 17 years and more.
We're sad to see the venue go, but look forward to what CEG brings to other venues. Many bands scheduled to perform at the venue have moved their shows to other rooms. Check the particular bands' websites and social feeds for details.