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Brooklyn Masonic Temple
Nearby Subway Stops
G at Clinton-Washington Aves.; G at Fulton St.; C at Lafayette Ave.
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The Brooklyn Masonic Temple—an imposing granite edifice that was once home to the Freemasons—also houses a small, hokey concert hall. Seeing a show here is a lot like watching a high school garage band rock the Rotary Club—the good, clean DIY vibes make up for a jerry-rigged, often fuzzy sound system and stark décor. A chandelier suspended from the ceiling and some geometric detailing provide the only ornamentation to the bare-bones, wooden-floored space, but you can get a great view of the show from pretty much anywhere, especially the wraparound balcony, complete with its original butt-cramp-inducing chipped wood seats. The main draw is indie fare like Balkan Beat Box or Band of Horses; the venue’s booker, Brice Rosenbloom of BOOM Collective, envisions the venue as the only viable Fort Greene alternative to BAM’s productions.
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