Maxwell’s co-owner considering Jersey City for new music venue

via JON AMBROSIO/nj.com

nj.com maxwell coownerMaxwell’s co-owner and booking agent Todd Abramson said he’s been talking with Jersey City developer Ben LoPiccolo about booking shows at a hall in Jersey City after famed music club Maxwell’s closes, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“I’ve had a few conversations with Ben,” Abramson told the Wall Street Journal, referring to holding events at White Eagle Hall, 337-339 Newark Avenue. “My sense is that there would be much more support for what I do in Jersey City from both residents and the city itself than I’m finding in Hoboken right now.”

Since last month’s announcement that the beloved indie-rock venue will be closing at the end of July, rumors have been circulating that Abramson, who many credit with creating the venue’s unique atmosphere, may seek greener pastures in Jersey City.

Most of the rumors stem from comments Abramson made, praising Jersey City and likening its community of artists and musicians to that of Brooklyn. At the same time, Abramson has been critical of the changes he’s seen in Hoboken of the years and cited difficulties with providing parking and a radically different bar scene as reasons for the musical hot spot’s closing.
“We were offered a renewal with rates that weren’t necessarily onerous,” said Abramson. “But after much thought, given the changing nature of Hoboken and the difficulties of trying to run a business in this town, we decided it was time.”
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