A Lou Reed performance will kick off the ballroom’s opening night. Other arists on the books for the first month include Mos Def, Amy Winehouse, Jonatha Brooke, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, moe., and Disco Biscuits.
Steven Bensusan, who owns the Blue Note Jazz Club and B.B. King Blues Club in addition to the HighLine, explained the space will be closely tied to the city’s music community as well as the local neighborhood.
“We have a longstanding commitment to the New York live music scene and are thrilled to be opening a performance space of this kind,” Bensusan said. “We are proud to have been operating as an independent promoter in New York for over 25 years and are looking forward to the club launch and presenting more great music.”
The club will donate 25 cents from every ticket sold to Friends of the High Line, a non-profit group working to preserve the High Line elevated rail structure, which is being revamped as a park-like promenade.