Photo by myself at Second Avenue and Eighth Street, in the East Village.
The music scene is hopping in the East Village. Emerging bands find venues mostly in the many bars and small performance spaces, which are open very late at night.
Entrance to these musical gigs are usually pretty cheap, involving an entry fee and drink minimum. I'm sure most of the bands are terrible, but you may discover a few gems among the rubble?
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