PLAY: Arlene's Grocery - NYC (Fall/Winter)

Posted by:  Arlene's Grocery  | When:  –  | Where: Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton Street, New York, New York, USA

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It's that time of the year for local and touring bands to come and play at one of NYC's best music venues! Arlene's Grocery is looking for awesome bands to play throughout the fall and winter. With a dedicated local following, this is a great way to build your reputation in and play with other great bands.

A true New York institution, this former bodega opened its doors in 1995 as one of the first live music clubs in the Lower East Side. After expanding into the next-door butcher shop in the late 90’s, Arlene’s now offers two fully stocked bars and a gallery space for artists in addition to its large helping of live music.

As a handful of live music clubs pop up (and down) in the neighborhood, Arlene's is still holding true to its intention of nurturing unsigned talent, providing a great experience for fans, and remaining an institution in the New York City music scene.

The Opportunity

Arlene's is a staple in the New York City music scene. Playing Arlene's is a great stepping stone for any emerging artists to build their fan base and play on bills with similar bands. This is an ongoing opportunity to apply, and we'll find the best date for your band. This is an amazing opportunity to get active in a super progressive music scene and start building a fan base and relationships with one of the best venues in town.

 Arlene's also records audio and visuals that's available for purchase to all bands for a very reasonable cost. 

The Band

  • Looking for all genres 
  • Must be age 21+
  • Acts not local to New York are welcome, but travel is not provided
  • Artists may perform to MP3s/tracks
  • Must promote on your social media
  • This is a consistent availability for Arlene's Grocery. Apply to play on any date listed and we'll send you the availabilities that we have that we think fit your band. Bands must be actively playing shows 
  • Bands must be willing to heavily promote the show if chosen to play
  • Bands are able to sell merch on-site
  • All acts applying must meet the criteria that we look for, lyrics, stage presence, style and artists must have a fanbase
  • Acts must have a solid online presence

The Gig

  • 40-minute set
  • Sound and lights provided
  • Full backline provided, details can be found at
  • Inclusion in official press
  • Arlene's has a small green room 
  • Selected acts will receive 2 comp tickets
  • May sell merch on site
  • Capacity 100-200
  • Bands must draw at least 15-20 
Additional Compensation Details:
  • House keeps the first 8 covers, the rest goes to the bands


  • Percentage of Door: 80%
  • Percentage of Merchandise Sales: 100%