Knitting Factory News
September 1, 2016
August 17, 2016
DESERT DAZE ANNOUNCED PHASE 3 OF THEIR LINEUP! (Click the flyer to buy tickets!)
August 16, 2016
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The Economist remembers the legendary Fela Kuti on the anniversary of his passing.
July 15, 2016
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Photos by Stephanie Rivera.
The Federal Bar kicked off its new lunch menu today, but not in a way you’d expect. The popular downtown restaurant paid a visit to Beacon for Him Ministries to serve their new menu items to 100 homeless men, women and children, prepared by The Federal Bar’s culinary team, Chef “T” Visoth Ouk and Chef Martin Zamora.
“We realize that there are many among us who don’t get the chance to dine at our restaurant,” stated Jeff Osborn, general manager of The Federal Bar. “Holding this luncheon is our way of including everyone in The Federal Bar’s new lunch menu launch while bringing attention to the city’s growing homelessness concern.”
Clients at Beacon for Him enjoyed The Federal Bar’s specialty Mac & Cheese, signature sandwiches, homemade kettle chips, baked beans and homemade cookies and brownies for dessert, all accompanied by live music.
Norma Anaya, 48, swayed in her seat to the music as she enjoyed her plate. Originally from Mexico, Anaya has been living on the streets for about 10 years.
“It’s a special day because it’s special everything,” said Anaya. “The food, table covers, music, songs, everything. And people coming and sitting together and the restaurant making the food. It’s wonderful.”
“We were excited and thankful when The Federal Bar approached us about serving lunch to our clients,” said Shannon James, president at Beacon for Him Ministries, in a statement. “Our clientele does not get the opportunity to enjoy our local restaurants so this will be very much appreciated.”
June 29, 2016
June 3, 2016
Tickets On Sale Now for Desert Daze 2016!
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June 2, 2016
NYC’s Best Clubs, Nightlife Spots For The Under-21 Crowd - CBS New York
May 25, 2016
May 24, 2016
Venue Spotlight: Knitting Factory In Brooklyn, NY
May 13, 2016
May 12, 2016
Knitting Factory to book concerts at SLO Brew
The entertainment group will handle talent booking for new downtown San Luis Obispo location
Knitting Factory Presents plans to bring a variety of acts to appeal to SLO Brew audiences
The gastropub and music venue, which will hold 300 people, is set to open in June
Knitting Factory Presents, an entertainment company based in New York City, will decide which bands play at nitting SLO Brewery's new location in downtown San Luis Obispo.
It will handle talent booking for SLO Brew, which is set to open in June at 736 Higuera St.
Located around the corner from SLO Brewing Co.’s longtime Garden Street location, which closed in December, the gastropub and music venue will hold about 300 people and offer a mezzanine viewing level plus indoor and outdoor dining options.
Knitting Factory, which began in 1987 with a single New York City venue, now has offices and venues in Los Angeles; Brooklyn; Boise, Idaho; and Spokane, Wash. It also has a record label, Knitting Factory Records.
Megan Jacobs Araujo, who books shows for Knitting Factory’s The Federal Bar in Long Beach, will take over similar duties at SLO Brew. A news release said she “expects to book a variety of acts to appeal to the interests of locals, students and visitors alike.”
It’s not clear at this point whether Araujo will also handle booking for another SLO Brewing Co. venue, The Rock, which is under construction at 855 Aerovista Place, near Broad Street (Highway 227) and the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport in southeastern San Luis Obispo.
Quest and Brownstein reunited for another edition of The Talkhouse Music Podcast
By Carrie Brownstein and Questlove | May 9, 2016
Two of the Talkhouse Music Podcast’s most beloved guests — the Roots’ Questlove and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia — reunited onstage recently to celebrate Questlove’s new book, Something To Food About: Exploring Creativity with Innovative Chefs. Joined by celebrated Chef Dominique Crenn at Urban Outfitters’ Space Ninety 8 in Brooklyn, they discussed Madonna, soul food and how eating on tour gets a lot better once you get some real success… unless you’re Eminem. Many thanks to Urban Outfitters and Space Ninety 8 for allowing The Talkhouse to record and release this conversation.
May 6, 2016
Fela Kuti – 10 of the best‘A militant message couched in uplifting form’ … Fela Kuti. Photograph: Leni Sinclair/Getty Images
A look back over a seminal career that encompassed political dissidence, UFO contact, chicken sacrifice – and some of the greatest dance music ever recorded - The Guardian looks back on 10 highlights of Fela Kuti's career (Click the image for the article)
Lit pick of the week: Free Comic Book Day
Saturday marks the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day, and free comics will be given out at comic book shops all over Southern California, including Alternate Universe, Blastoff, Comic City, Comic Cult, Comics vs. Toys, Cool Cats, Dream World, Emerald Knights, Geoffrey's, Golden Apple, House of Secrets, Mega City One, Meltdown, Nostalgic Books and Comics, Pulp Fiction, Secret Headquarters, Comic Bug, Comic Cellar, Perky Nerd and Things from Another World.
To celebrate, Blastoff is holding its second Blastoff ComicsFest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, featuring more than 30 artists from Marvel, DC, IDW, Dark Horse, Boom and other publishers. Highlights include an appearance by comics co-writers PJ Haarsma and actor Alan Tudyk, who fans will recognize from his role in the canceled-too-soon "Firefly" and Web series "Con Men." The pair are launching a new comic book series, "Spectrum," based on "Con Men." The new "Spectrum" comic No. 0 will be distributed nationwide for Free Comic Book Day -- it's got a 100,000-copy run. (P.S. Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, Umbrella Academy will be there!)
Pure Bathing Culture's Atmospheric 'She Shakes' Video: Exclusive Billboard Premiere
April 27, 2016
Brooklyn’s Best Music Venues (Brooklyn Magazine)
April 26, 2016
Knitting Factory Rebrands Management Division as KFM (Billboard Article)
April 14, 2016
Celebrate national “Free Comic Book Day” at The Federal Bar with the second annual BLASTOFF COMICSFEST! Saturday, May 7, 2016.
April 14, 2016
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March 30, 2016
This week, we're giving away a pair of tickets for They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile, a feature-length documentary which premiered at 2015’s SXSW Film Festival. Directed by Johanna Schwartz and featuring an original score by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), the film was hailed by Indiewire as a “gripping, powerful documentary” and “social journalism of the highest order” by The Austin Chronicle, among many other strong reviews.
Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations yet of Sharia law by banning all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned, and Mali’s musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, the country’s revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile, where most remain--even now. But rather than laying down their instruments, these courageous artists fought back, standing up for their freedoms and using music as a weapon against the ongoing violence that has ravaged their homeland.
For those of you in Southern California, you can catch the film in theaters this Friday. Screening times are as follows:
April 1st at Laemmle Santa Monica:
April 1st at Edwards University Town Center 6 in Irvine:
The film is touring a number of other North American Markets; for a full schedule of screenings through June, see here.
We're giving away a pair of tickets for the Santa Monica and Irvine screenings! To enter into the giveaway, please email Sabrina@platformgrp.com "Subject: Giveaway for They Will Have To Kill Us First" with your theater preference. First come, first serve!
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Filmed partly in refugee camps and on the war-ravaged streets of Timbuktu and Gao, Johanna Schwartz’s miraculously hopeful documentary, “They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile,”delivers a vibrant testimony of resilience under oppression.
When, in 2012, Islamic jihadists imposed an extreme version of Shariah law on northern Mali, banning all music and destroying radio stations, many of that country’s most prominent musicians were forced to hide or flee. In a nation where music is a vital tool for education, enlightenment and connection — in the words of one artist, songs are “like the press” — the ban felt especially devastating. Defying it, however, meant risking torture or worse.
Following a handful of exiled, homesick musicians as they try to play the pain away, Ms. Schwartz blends their often joyful performances with candid interviews that show the damage wrought by extended conflict. (The ban officially ended in 2014, but musicians still fear reprisals from extremists.) Blues and ballads, rap and soul fill the soundtrack (as well as an original score by Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs), while Karelle Walker’s camera searches faces for every emotional clue.
Two of those faces are particularly memorable. The so-called Nightingale of the North, Khaira Arby, allays her sadness by planning a return concert in her beloved Timbuktu. Meanwhile, her fellow songstress, Fadimata Walett Oumar, deals with displacement by helping women in refugee camps and pondering her country’s political complexities. To the uninitiated, these are not always clear; but the movie’s insistence on the healing power of cadence and beat needs no explanation.
March 1, 2016
March 1, 2016
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February 26, 2016
February 24, 2016
They Will Have To Kill Us First || NYC Opening March 4
February 22, 2016
Derek Phillips: The Underground Sound (Long Beach Post)
The Federal Bar opened in 2013, breathing new life into the massive bank building located on the northeast corner of Pine Avenue and First Street. The parent company, Knitting Factory Entertainment, is known for creating sophisticated dining and entertainment environments. In the basement, they transformed what was the bank vault into a world class music venue.
Click the picture to read Long Beach Post's interview with Derek!
February 19, 2016
City Welcomes North Palm Springs Boutique Hotel, Knitting Factory to Curate Poolside Music Events
February 18, 2016
SNAPBACK BRINGS A HOUSE PARTY VIBE TO THE FEDERAL BAR IN LONG BEACH (Click the image to see more!)
SnapBack LBC happens every Friday night below The Federal Bar in downtown Long Beach, 102 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA. - OC WEEKLY
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“They Will Have to Kill Us First” is produced by Sarah Mosses of Together Films & executive produced by Andre Singer (“The Act of Killing”), alongside Stephen Hendel, Victoria Steventon, OKAY Africa & Knitting Factory Entertainment.
February 2, 2016
LAist features our NOHO spot on their 20 Favorite Events This Week!
January 26, 2016
The Federal Bar Is Also a Part-Time Poutinerie
The French-Canadian classic and karaoke become one at this NoHo watering hole. (Click the image to read more from LA Mag!)
Poutine, the decadent French Canadian classic, has been making inroads into L.A.’s food scene for a while now (we even got our own location of the Toronto-based last year). And why shouldn’t it? It has fries, cheese, and gravy—the holy triumvirate of drunk munchies—making it the perfect change-up from your normal post-last-call taco routine.
In North Hollywood, though, you don’t have to wait for the bar to shut down before you indulge; on Mondays and Tuesdays, The Federal Bar becomes a poutinerie. “Poutine is the perfect bar food. It’s comfort food, but can easily be elevated and is a great pairing with many differen