Q&A: Nublu Owner Ilhan Ersahin On His Club's Re-Relocation, Its 10th Anniversary, And Why Musicians Hang Out There

Reedist Ilhan Ersahin seems reluctant to make too big a deal out of the fact that nublu, his multi-culti Avenue C nightspot, was shuttered for much of last year. On a recent evening, as he moved casually about the room in preparation for a blistering late-night appearance by the Sun Ra Arkestra, Ersahin was clearly much more interested in what the club's distant past augured for its future.

Nublu reopened in January after securing a new liquor license from the city, but it's almost as if the spot—known as the kind of musician's hang that attracts an internationalist breed of fashion-forward cosmopolitans—was conserving its energy for the various reunions and events in its month-long 10th-anniversary celebration, currently under way. The scene was customarily head-twisting: The Arkestra's 88-year old leader Marshall Allen was onstage setting up in full costumed regalia as a youthful crowd grooved to electro-beats spun by Turntable on the Hudson's DJ Nickodemus. On the way to a better vantage point near the stage, avant-bassist Henry Grimes and his wife could be spotted pausing briefly in front of the wall painting of legendary record man Ahmet Ertegun. Amadeo Pace of Blonde Redhead was chatting at the bar. Things seemed to have picked up right where they left off.

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Nublu Has A NuHome For A While

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Earlier this week the people behind the genre-spanning East Village club Nublu announced on the club's Facebook Wall that the problems with the Avenue C space's liquor license that cropped up suddenly last month were still giving them headaches. What to do? Take the party elsewhere: "we're packing our bags and moving to a new temporary location (for at least 2 months) at 24 First Avenue btw 1st and 2nd street," they posted. And: "The space is cool, low key and fits our vibe, and we're bringing our staff, our bands, our DJs and our spirit to this new location we call NUBLU IN OUTER PLACE. We're going to be open every night starting Wednesday !!" (That was August 3, just in case you were wondering.) The weekend's roster of entertainment is on the lovely yellow flyer below.

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Your Weekend In Nightlife, Starring Caribou, Frankie Knuckles, Trouble & Bass, Night People, and, Uh, LCD Soundsystem


There's no getting around it, this is LCD Soundsystem week. Buy your tickets on Craigslist and be scorned by James Murphy forever if you must--sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

But hey, other things are happening this week too! Tropical dance fete Que Bajo?! has relocated to a new home for their Thursday night getdown, taking over the main space of Le Poisson Rouge tonight, March 31. The party features cumbia, salsa, dancehall, kuduro, moombahton, Latin house, and other warm weather tunes--expect to sweat for real. GHE20 G0TH1K maven Venus X joins residents Geko Jones and Uproot Andy for a special "old school reggaeton" set, while Houston's Panchitron provides more of a Latin house groove. Venus X does not mess around when it comes to queer nightlife (check this Twitter fight with Diplo), so be prepared for the onslaught of her intensely dancing party regulars. We've seen epically emboldened salsa queens flit around the dance floor, recruiting partners out of wallflowers--standing in the background is not really an option. Que Bajo is for dancing, especially tonight. Tickets are $10 in advance.

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Live: Arthur's Landing Recreates Arthur Russell's Dance-Floor Grandeur At Nublu

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Mustafa Ahmed, leading the charge. Pics by Puja.
Better Than: That band your dad is in.

Arthur Russell was a man of many friends and even more musical endeavors. In the late '70s, the experimental composer and disco savant was something of an underground idol, collaborating with everyone from Phillip Glass to David Byrne to John Cage to Allen Ginsberg. And while his genre-bending was certainly respected, his adventures in musical exploration often left him dropping projects mid-production and reworking pieces so many times that they'd often go unfinished or thrown to the wayside. It's frustrating to think about, the idea of bits of musical genius lying mostly untouched and unheard since Russell's passing in 1992. That's where Arthur's Landing comes in.

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