Join us Wednesday to Commemorate the Fillmore East!
Plaque Unveiling and Celebration
Wednesday, October 29
105 Second Avenue
at East 6th Street
Free; reservations required
Event will take place rain or shine
Please join GVSHP, Two Boots and Apple Bank to unveil a historic plaque marking the site of the Fillmore East, the beloved concert hall that filled this corner with music from 1968-1971. The event will include appearances by guitarist Lenny Kaye and Joshua White, founder of the psychedelic Joshua Light Show, as well as pizza, desserts and drinks generously donated by Two Boots, Veselka, and Metropolitan Citymarket.
The Fillmore East is remembered with extraordinary admiration by both artists and audiences as a place of unique warmth, spirit, and the finest popular music. The great impresario Bill Graham opened the hall as a sibling to his Fillmore West in San Francisco, showcasing a wide range of performers including Sly and the Family Stone, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Odetta, Van Morrison, Joan Baez, Neil Young and Fats Domino.
The building, which is located in the East Village/Lower East Side Historic District, was a destination for entertainment both before and after the Fillmore East. It opened in 1926 as a Yiddish theater, soon becoming the Loew's Commodore movie house, followed by the Village Theater. In the 1980s it was the trendsetting gay nightclub The Saint, becoming Emigrant Bank in 1995, and Apple Bank in 2013. While the facade retains much of its original Medieval Revival style, the rear of the building, which housed the auditorium, was demolished and replaced by the Fillmore apartment building in 1997. Read more about the place and the plaque in our recent blog post.
To register, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.