Sasha and Digweed

Webster Hall Sasha Digweed marquee

I’m not a big fan of Sasha and Digweed.  But I’m also not one to turn down a trip to NYC, especially when it’s my first visit to the legendary Webster Hall.  So after confirming that the Fit can comfortably seat three adults plus cargo, we jumped on 81 and took 78 straight into the city.  A two-and-a-half-hour jaunt later, which included but was not limited to actually managing to get lost in the Holland Tunnel (which is technically impossible), we arrived.  $12 to park for the night — a steal in Manhattan — in a garage that was only three blocks from the club.  Excellent!

 

Webster Hall stairwayThe thing I never liked about the duo is that they just don’t seem to throw out any energy at all.  I know plenty of people disagree with me, so be my guest.  But for me personally, they just don’t work.  Still, the $40 tickets were far from overpriced for NYC (especially in a place with a $30 cover).  And a trip to NYC is worth it in and of itself, pretty much regardless of circumstance.  I figured the worst that would happen is that I’d get a trip to Webster Hall at a $10 premium — and that’s exactly what wound up being the case.

Movie postersAs is par for the course for me going to New York City nightclubs, my camera batteries died after about 45 minutes and only maybe three dozen shots.  I didn’t bring spares because the batteries I have now usually run for several hundred shots before taking a break.  Guess I should’ve known.  Unfortunately, of the pictures I took before losing power, none were particularly upload-worthy, and only a handful were even remotely interesting.

Dirty-looking marble facadeThe venue itself is fascinating.  Webster Hall is old, grimy, institutional, dark, unbalanced, and gritty — exactly everything a NYC nightclub should be.  It feels dirty and decrepit without actually being either.  There’s no mistaking the fact that the place has been in constant use as a nightclub for well over a century.  It doesn’t try to look clean or ultra-modern; rather, it plays on its late-19th-century heritage for full effect.  You couldn’t build a more suitable nightclub for the city if you spent billions.

We arrived around midnight, the NYC equivalent of 9pm in downtown Harrisburg, to a surprisingly swift five-minute wait in the pre-purchase line.  Security was actively bouncing line cutters while doing their best to pack us through the doors.  No hassles and speedy check-in — nice.

Lights & Crowd Before the ShowNaturally, the sound system throughout was spectacular.  Zones that barely shared a dividing wall didn’t step on each other in the least, and the five simultaneous formats all sounded rich and thumpy.  And of course, the lights were all High End (except for the lasers, which I believe are Martin – someone correct me if I’m mistaken).  But as with every other NYC venue I’ve ever been to, the lights looked like they were left on autopilot all night.  There’s something to be said for synchronizing the sights with the feel of the set.

We wound up leaving the club around 4 and the city around 6:30.  I would’ve loved to have stayed longer and spent an entire Saturday exploring, but after going on 20 hours without sleep, that just wasn’t going to happen.  The trip and venue were completely worthwhile, even if the main act wasn’t.  A mediocre night in New York City beats a rainy night in downtown Harrisburg any day..

3 thoughts on “Sasha and Digweed”

  1. Great post, man.

    I absolutely love everything about New York City-

    We recently went to a VIP show for The Hold Steady at The Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square and made our way down to the Bowery for the after hours party that began sometime around 2AM-

    Stumbled through Alphabet City and saw Sushi places that were PACKED at 4AM-

    Not to mention the best freakin’ pizza on the planet on any given corner.

    And don’t even get me started on Grey’s Papaya hot dogs.

    Lemme know next time you plan a trip up…

  2. I can’t even find $12 a night here in Philly! LOL

    I’m a Sasha & Digweed fan and probably would’ve had a blast. A cool venue for sure, and I’d love to check it out one day.

    And yes, a mediocre night in NYC beats a rainy night in HBG any day of the week. I know NYC doesn’t have Tom Sawyer’s Diner (or whatever it is called these days…and will probably be around for 5 more name changes before Council can agree on if a developer can build there or not lol) but I’m sure you made do. 😉

  3. Webster Hall is a classic venue. The system on that main floor is the old Spirit NYC System from 27th street. Steve Dash has been looking for a home for that set-up every since Spirit (never finished paying for)closed its doors last year.

    Fully Digital, Delayed Sound:
    JBL Ground Stacks
    Bertha’s
    Ver-Tech Line Arrays
    JBL Supertweeters
    Crown Amps
    dbx & BSS Processors

    http://www.Integralsound.com

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