After hearing rumors of a soft opening of The Low Beat, I had to check the space out. I had wanted to check it out while they were still working on the inside, but because that didn’t happen, I had no idea what to expect.
The Low Beat sits at 335 Central Ave next to Pauly’s Hotel. While this is a bit further from me than Valentine’s was, this gives both spaces the opportunity to have concurrent bookings and operate in tandem. Think upstairs/downstairs Valentine’s, but next door to one another. This could be a very valuable asset of the new space.
The Low Beat’s space is awesome. It’s as clean as a hospital compared to Valentine’s and the feel of the place is much homier compared to the cinderblocks of Valentine’s. Warhols Woodshed was jamming out when I got there and the crowd was happy to see the space operational. The space is about the same as downstairs Valentine’s. The bathrooms are a trillion times cleaner as well which pretty much everyone can appreciate.
There’s still no concrete timeline for the demolition of Valentine’s. Rumor has it that the pizza place next door still has over a year on their lease. But after being jerked around for so long by Albany Med, it’s clear why Howard decided to flip the switch as early as he could.
Future Brown is a club-music supergroup consisting of Fatima Al Qadiri of Fade to Mind, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda, better known as Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush, the mind behind NYC label Lit City Trax and curator of many-a-night at the late 285 Kent. I’ve caught a few of their tunes throughout a few mixes (namely the Night Slugs show on rinse.fm) and I knew that there had to be more to the story than someone just started making these tunes. I was right.
Gorgeous Children is a rap duo out of Olympia, Washington and Denver. These two dudes have been making rap tunes which consist of essentially trapped out witchhouse with a layer of rap, covered in a ton of reverb. Shouldn’t be a hard sell for anyone into swisha house or club music.