hammerstein ballroom

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hammerstein ballroom
311 west 34th street
new york, new york 10001

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Located in the Manhattan Center Studios building on West 34th Street, the Hammerstein Ballroom was originally constructed in 1906 by Oscar Hammerstein as the Manhattan Opera House. Oscar wanted to create an alternative to the more expensive Metropolitan Opera, and his plan was evidently successful (he was paid $1.2 million by the Metropolitan Opera to stop producing operas for ten years). This opened the door for vaudeville performers to use the ballroom.

From October 28-29, 2001, the Beastie Boys hosted a New Yorkers Against Violence concert. The fundraiser was created in response to the events of September 11, and the it was the first time the Beastie Boys had performed live since the Tibetan Freedom Concert of 1999. The B-Boys shared the stage with the Strokes, the B-52's, Afrika Bambaataa, Mos Def and the Roots, as well as the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion over the two days. The proceeds were donated to the New York Women's Foundation Disaster Relief Fund and the NY Association for New Americans.

Hammerstein Ballroom, photo: Bennett

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Soul singer Patti LaBelle, rock group Korn, and pop-punk band and All Time Low had live performances that were released as DVDs recorded at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

The jam band O.A.R. recorded their live album, 34th and 8th, at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Korn: Live at the Hammerstein Ballroom