A downtown club’s lineup in December 1985

Richard Lloyd, The Feelies, They Might Be Giants, Del Fuegos?

Looks like a decent lineup for the end of December 1985 at the Ritz, a club that occupied Webster Hall on East 11th Street from 1980 to 1989.


I’m not so sure about their New Year’s Eve lineup though. John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band had that one hit. And Soft White Underbelly . . . Blue Oyster Cult?


You could pick up tickets from Bleecker Bob’s on West Third Street—now closed, sadly.

[Both ads come from the Village Voice December 23, 1985]

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7 Responses to “A downtown club’s lineup in December 1985”

  1. Thomas Jefferson Says:

    There is avery good chance I was at that Circle Jerks show!

  2. Middlemay Farm Says:

    I totally forgot about the Ritz. I used to drive with my friend in her gold trans am, sip cheap pink champ-ale and go to the shows there.haha

  3. Ellen Levitt Says:

    I saw lots of shows at the Ritz…The English Beat, The Godfathers, the Cramps, the Vipers… just the first few I could recall. Miss that place even if it was dumpy.

  4. nabeguy Says:

    Used to say that The Ritz was the pits! Did put on some decent shows though.

  5. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    I went there once and thought it was very cool…but I was in high school. Everything in the East Village to me back then was cool!

  6. Kevin Says:

    B.O.C. often did local giggs under their original name, Soft White Underbelly. It was a way of cost effectively booking a gigg outside of their normal management arrangement.

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    […] Game. Ephemeral New York is a wonderful site full of great tidbits, and here are a couple: Club posters from the ’80s, and what you may have paid for rent downtown in 1983 (and read the comments). If you’re […]

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