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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 05:22 PM
Took the 1 subway up with my wife to 168th.
neighborhood was actually nice. working class spanish neighborhood.
Tried to go to Coogans but way too packed. Ended up at a small place called Mambo. Very nice small
spanish diner with a small bar in back. We were the only english speaking people in the place. the people couldnt be nicer to us ( one man gave up his stool for my wife). That poor neighborhood got such a bad rap. Its too bad. I think if I remember Knotts was mentioning how awful and unsafe it was. Subway after was completely safe walk down. Maybe I just a good night, but I wouldnt hesitate to ever go up there.
Ok sorry back to short revue.
Beers were decent, 12 oz chelsea brew for 7.00.
Security no issues at all. People were lighting up near us in balc row B. If it was low key they were not doing too much
Theater was Beautiful.
Sound was good from where I was sitting. The Beacon is slightly more comfortable, but not an issue.
Bathroom wasnt really an issue either. line was long at one time when i went, but it really went very fast.


The music was perfect as always also. The brothers never disappoint. The 19th was awesome! Danny Louis.
Got to see a bunch of friends from here and emule. My weekend couldnt have been much better!!

 
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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 10:49 PM
I agree on the neighborhood - was no problem at all - but no question that if you wander a bit in certain directions, it changes. My buddy and I sat at a table at Coogan's last night and there were two young ladies next to us, and we chatted a bit. They are from the neighborhood and they confirmed what I said about wandering too far. I loved the venue - we were in Orch row t center aisle and we both remarked a number of times how even and rich the sound was - I especially was feeling the bass and the bass drum resonate through really nicely. We drove in and hit the GD exhibit first then hit central park for some frisbee then drove straight up Broadway and with a little work, found a street parking space at 174th and some short street adjacent to B'Way. No issues leaving either.
 

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  posted on 3/21/2010 at 11:16 PM
8 nights in the Heights!!!! It worked out just fine. I love the Beacon but the venue change proved to be of little consequence.
 

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 05:44 PM
Thanks, Mulefool. I went on the 18th, 19th, and 20th.
Here's my take:

Neighborhood: Nowhere near as bad as some people on here had made it out to be. I was by myself 2 of the 3 nights, and never felt threatened. Walked from the 175th st station one night, and the 168th street station another. Apart from having to wait forever for the A train at 175th, no problem at all with the subway. Ate at Malecon restaurant all 3 nights. Great inexpensive Caribbean food. Mofongo was great. So was the 1/2 chicken with rice and beans for $8.

Venue: Tons of character, loved all the stuff on the walls in the lobby. The quotes from Rev. Ike were pretty funny. The bathroom situation sucked, I thought. Getting down there from the upper part of the balcony took longer than I expected. The beer for sale was good tasting, but way too expensive. I sat in Orchestra W one night, Orchestra DD another, and Balcony E another night. The Orchestra W had great sound, so did the DD. Sound in the balcony sucked. So did the sight lines from there. When people in the lower balcony stood up, everybody behind them had to stand up so they could see. Nobody was standing in the balcony, except for the encores.

Security: Security was pretty much invisible the two nights I was on the floor. But it was completely different in the balcony. Guy sitting next to me got kicked out for smoking a joint - he had been warned once. The funny thing is he was pretty discreet about it, and there were people in front of him and behind him that smoked more than he did.

The Band: I thought all 3 performances were incredible. I know some people are saying that they didn't like the first set of the 18th, but I sure did enjoy myself. I realize that I won't have too many more chances to see the ABB like this, so I enjoyed every minute of it and didn't try to over-analyze their performances.

If the ABB plays at UP again next year, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

 
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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 06:57 PM
Got to agree with all of the above posts.
Just glad we got to see a spring run no matter where.
The folks in the hood were great and fun to be around.
Great food, fantastic music and a very historic venue with darn good sound.
Just wish some of the drunks had stayed downtown.
Always seem to sit next to or behind me.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 06:58 PM
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Security: Security was pretty much invisible the two nights I was on the floor. But it was completely different in the balcony. Guy sitting next to me got kicked out for smoking a joint - he had been warned once. The funny thing is he was pretty discreet about it, and there were people in front of him and behind him that smoked more than he did.


if you were in the lodges or orchestra security was worlds apart. some punk high school kid with his yankees cap turned sideways was on a little emperor napoleon bonaparte power trip running around upstairs, saw him toss out more than a few people on different nights with the church's security in tow. downstairs in the orchestra no complaints whatsoever about security. to all the high rollers who drag the wife to the show even though she has no clue who warren or derek are PLEASE leave them at home. i scored anywhere from DD to GG seats on a two nights for less than 1/2 of face, and noticed a stepford wife taking naps with ear plugs in...

sound was great everywhere, really LOUD in the llodge and orchestra. brotherhood of light always does a stand up job, don't think ABB should be flashing nypd, the b*tches in blue were busting THEIR fans every night. i even saw the same undercover in the worst homeless guy disguise trying to sell mushrooms by the subway that i sawat the hammerstein and radio city for furthur, and called him out on it.

most annoying thing about Ulodge seats was watching people walk back and forth all night long.
if any good came out of this run is was scalpers eating their own sh*t this year and normal fans enjoying the discount tickets...i'll admit i bought package deal this year for the last night, and i'll never do that again..and feel a little ripped off by abb management by it.

i'd love the brothers to play at christ community united church again, so i wouldn't half to pay more than 1/2 of face on a ticket to get it...but that's not happening....just ask kirk west






 

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 07:44 PM
One more thing about security. When they played Midnight Rider on the 19th, one of the female security people came down to the front row, and was dancing and singing along to the song. That was pretty cool. Didn't expect to see that!
 
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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 09:22 PM
UP was great to me. Security was chill and let people rush the stage the two nights I was there. Good food in the neighborhood. My only complaint is the very local A train back, which was painful.

 

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 09:42 PM
I loved everything about it..no problems.. went to three shows ..one with a friend and two by myself...I'm female.I didnt feel scared ot threatened in any way going to coogans or walking up to the show, parking on the street, it was my 14th year seeing the brothers in March in nyc and I didnt care what neighborhood it was in ..It was all good!!!!
 

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  posted on 3/22/2010 at 10:04 PM
Quote- (sound was great everywhere, really LOUD in the llodge and orchestra. brotherhood of light always does a stand up job, don't think ABB should be flashing nypd, the b*tches in blue were busting THEIR fans every night. i even saw the same undercover in the worst homeless guy disguise trying to sell mushrooms by the subway that i sawat the hammerstein and radio city for furthur, and called him out on it.)

What's the big deal with the NYPD patch on the light show.The guys in blue have a job to do just like everyone else. Don't do anything illegal and you don't have anything to worry about. I'm glad someone thought to do it. Things would be very different uptown and we would not have had such at good time seeing the Brothers if they weren't there to do their jobs.

As for the shows I had a great time but really thought there was a little too much bottom end going on during the sat show.



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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 08:32 AM
Enjoyed the neighbrohood, venue, etc. Great bartender, Jim, at Coogans is a peachhead. The main difference between UP & the Beacon was after the show. Always a jumpin vibe in line for a slice or at AAH, Yogi's, everywhere near the Beacon. Not so much at UP. Monday went in the dominican place we ate at before the show, nobody there, tuesday Coogans - dead.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 10:45 AM
I went to the 3/13 show and had no problems at all. Great sound, great music, nice venue, no strip search when entering very laid back. I found street parking after about a 20 min. search.
I would go back if the Brothers play here again.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 10:55 AM
truly enjoyed everything about UP. The only pain was A train gong back downtown after show, but we drove up on Friday, garaged car for 25 and were onto crossbronx and home to LI in about 35 minutes.
 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 02:04 PM
As a none New Yorker I had no problems with catching the A train from mid town and the journey back was fine too,the area was OK also never felt under threat.
The security in the hall where no problems though I don't think some of them understood the seating plan very well.

 

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  posted on 3/23/2010 at 08:47 PM
I did not think the sound was that great where I was center orch about 3/4 of the way back. I have heard worse but Gregg's vocal's seemed a bit muffled at times.

 

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