NYC's Kenny's Castaways is Closing!!

Jon C

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wow ... they've been there, like, forever ... bummer to see longtime venues like that go away.
 

Victor R

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I love that place. Played there a bunch in the late 80s. Started out on Tuesday nights until Garry Tallent, bass player for the E Steet band, came to see us play. After that, it was Friday & Saturday nights.
 

bobmc

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Smithereens taking them out in style. RIP, been there, drank the punch and had me a time (many times.)
 

Kyle Ashley

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'93 for me. Saw the Smithereens there a year or so later at their signing party. Really sorry to learn this.
 

boldaslove1977

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wow. sad. i've never played there... but i've done a ton of gigs at the red lion right next door. that block as about as nyc as it gets.

i remember doing an acoustic duo gig at the red lion... and a guy with a thick european accent came up to me during our break and said he travels the globe for work... and every time he comes to nyc he comes to that block... he said it's his favorite place to see live music in the world.
 

Lespaulsignature 74

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Played a few gigs at The Back Fence on Bleeker and Thompson back in the 80's but never played at KC. I hate to see these iconic venues close down....
 

stark

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Saw a relatively unknown guitarist named Gordon Gaines TEAR THE HOUSE DOWN there back in the 90's...

Crap I miss Gordon...He was a good friend. Pat Kenny gave me my first gigs in NYC back around 80'. Played many many gigs and monday nights there.
 

Mr.Hanky

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Wow, I played one of my favorite gigs there a long time ago. Great place, love the smell of stale beer!
 

51nocaster

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Was playing the Cafe Wha (around the corner on MacDougal) in 1967 when Kenny's opened..always wanted
to gig there...was not to be..
 

Neer

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I like the picture of the guy with a lap steel on their link. I went to KC a few times, and played there less than 5 times. I was always more of a Bitter End kind of guy.

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