The longtime live music haunt Irving Plaza is closing its doors this summer for an eight-month-long renovation. The changes will include refurbished bars on every floor, a brand-new bottom-level VIP lounge and box-seating on the mezzanine, and an overhauled lobby, according to a Live Nation press release.
Irving Plaza has been open in its current iteration since 1978. In its past life, it's been a ballroom theater, a hootenanny playing host to the likes of Woody Guthrie, and a Polish Army Veteran community center. The veterans have owned the building since the late 1940s, as Billboard notes, while Live Nation handles operations for the venue.
Located right off Union Square, the concert hall has long been a stepping stone for up-and-coming artists and a mighty stage for legends alike: The B-52s had their earliest shows there, and legends, Prince included, have been known to throw intimate shows there. In recent months, Pusha T, Billie Eilish, Gary Numan, and GWAR have all played Irving Plaza.
Shows are booked through the end of June, and the venue will temporarily close with an eye on opening in 2020.