Rejoice, music fans: National Sawdust, which established itself as one of the city’s most innovative venues after opening last fall, announced an initial schedule for a second season, which will include a variety of musical acts, guest programmers, and more.
Named for the century-old Williamsburg sawdust factory it once was, National Sawdust’s opening came after a $16 Million renovation allowed for the installation of a 350-person musical hall, a recording studio, and an upscale restaurant from renowned chef Patrick Connolly. Its debut year saw performances from a variety of artists, and this year will span wide, too.
Curators selected for the coming season include Caroline Polachek, lead singer of Chairlift, Timo Andres, composer, and Ric Leichtung, founder of AdHoc Magazine, among others. The venue’s mission, as you might be able to tell, is to bring in a diverse group of people to select the programming, night in and night out.
Set to begin on October 1, acts already scheduled include a tribute to the work of composer Philip Glass at age 80, a 12-hour long performance of John Zorn’s musical piece “Bagatelles,” and a new series called Womanproducer, which will look at how women create sonic worlds, among many, many other acts. The venue will also be adding an online journal, which will allow for artist reflection, coverage, interviews, and more.
Below, check out a clip of Chairlift’s performance at National Sawdust earlier this year: