Yesterday it was made known that the legendary Hoboken music venue/bar-resteraunt Maxwell's will be closing its doors at the end of July due to an issue with its lease. It's incredibly sad to see such an iconic landmark disappear so abruptly. Like most things music-related in the state of New Jersey, Maxwell's gained widespread recognition with some help from the Boss, especially after it appeared in his "Glory Days" music video.
What made Maxwell's such a unique venue, unlike New York City clubs, was its ability to host some of the biggest bands in the business as well as your best friend's solo act. And it was all done so in a 200-capacity room back behind a great bar. As a New Jersey native, I've personally had quite a few memorable moments at 1039 Washington Street - from casual drinks with friends, to being there the evening Osama Bin Laden was killed while watching The Thermals' riotous act. Hell, a few months ago, I even saw one of my former interns, Diego Clare, open for Tim Kasher. The photo slideshow embedded in the Star Ledger article featurs photos of my friends from high school (River City Extension) and my even my neighbor's jazz band who has been playing the venue weekly for years.
Although it was tiny, it was perfect. It was loud and crisp, and the musicians' pedestal was only a few inches off the ground; they were right in the shit with you. There was no backstage, or at least none that I'm aware of. The artists would truck their gear through a crowd of back-pats and ass-grabs. Did I mention beers were only about 2-3 bucks? Well, they were.
These are only a few of my personal connections to the venue, which first opened its doors in 1978. I can only imagine the stories told by those who have been around since the beginning. But Baeblemusic, too, has its fare share of Maxwell's memories. Some of our earliest concerts were filmed at the small, yet brilliantly sounding room.
We suggest checking out one of the final shows at Maxwell's, which include performances by Sky Ferreira, and Titus Andronicus. The latter is scheduled to perform three nights in a row in July, and the first two are already sold out, so get em quick.
We'd love to hear your favorite memories from Maxwell's. Please share them in the comments below.