Highline Ballroom in New York City is slated to close its doors for good in the coming weeks. The announcement came earlier this month when its owners revealed that the landlords of the building in which the music venue and two-level event space sits will not be renewing their lease going forward. It only makes sense, however, that if you’re going to go out, it’s at least worth going out with a bang.
That appears to be the case for the final days of Highline Ballroom, which has existed in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan for the last 12 years. The venue announced on Monday that their final show will take place early next month on February 5th, with a headlining performance from The Roots.
Tickets for the final event starring the popular alternative hip-hop group will run at a manageable $40, and presumably go on sale this Friday, February 1st, although there’s no specific on-sale information on the event page as of Tuesday morning.
Seeing The Roots listed as the final performers at Highline Ballroom does come as somewhat of a surprise considering the band isn’t even originally from New York City. Though, the band has managed to make New York City their home away from home in recent years. Back in 2016, the group established an NYC edition of their Roots Picnic with the two-day festival coming to Bryant Park and featured performances from Dave Chappelle, D’Angelo, Wu-Tang Clan, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, and more. The band has been primarily headquartered in New York City since 2009 when they were named the house band of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Highline Ballroom management did reveal that they’re looking into the possibility of reopening the venue at a different location within the Chelsea and Meatpacking District areas of lower Manhattan, although fans shouldn’t hold their breath on an announcement coming anytime soon.
Speaking of reopenings, another local New York City venue, Webster Hall, also announced recently that will reopening its doors at some point later this year following some serious renovations which began back in August 2017. So New Yorkers at least have that going for them, which is nice.