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The Second Oldest Church in NYC as a Music Venue?

January 20, 2010

on friday, i photographed five bands at NYCs newest concert venue – St James Church.
this not only happens to be the 2nd oldest church in NYC, but it also still holds many services

its a crazy space. i bumped into rock n roll photog, gabby porter, at the show.
she overhead that St James Church was the second oldest catholic church in nyc.
we cant confirm or deny, for we dont know. regardless, i had a slightly weird feeling
about it but in a good way. as a kid, i hit many small ska dance halls. some of
them in high school cafeterias, while others in local church halls, etc and that was a
great feeling. and like then, it was well organized. and by well, i mean loosely
organized – the way the vibe should feel. and because this church doesnt really
have a bar (though they handed it out for an hour), you could bring your own.

i still dont know how i feel about all of the 1/2 emptes left on the pews, or people
standing and dancing on them but it´s also one of the reasons i enjoyed it so much.
make the conventional, unconventional. between the lively audience (all ages), a crowd
unafraid of crowd-surfing down the center aisle where priests, funeral and wedding
processions walk again, kind of hard to reconcile the two. should i have felt uncomfortable
about rolling a cigarette while sitting next to the alter and nativity? im not sure. i mean,
were in a church where many firmly believe that someone is overseeing all if we respect that
fact, then that someone knows what im doing anyway and they but its still a church where
there will be services every sunday. and usually all ages shows bug the shit outta me
ie passion pit at T5 last week. its insane! but perhaps the age and spirit of the audience
added to that dance hall feel back in high school. and shit. people can say what they want but
i dont mind rediscovering things ive enjoyed from past lives.

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