Bands booked at Irving Plaza in October 1983

Irving Plaza has featured music in some form or another since the 1920s: ballroom dancing, folk hootenannies, Polish songs.

By the late 1970s, it was a rock venue. And if you were young and reasonably into up and coming bands in 1983, these are the groups you’d have been able to see.


The Violent Femmes! I wouldn’t mind going back in time to see them play in their heyday.

This ad appeared in the downtown alternative arts and entertainment paper the East Village Eye. Browsing their digital archive is a lot of fun.

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One Response to “Bands booked at Irving Plaza in October 1983”

  1. ronfwnc Says:

    This brings back so many memories. I saw so many great performances there in the early Eighties. At a time when NYC clubs were already getting fancier and more pretentious, Irving Plaza was all about the music, and at a reasonable price. It was kind of rundown but clean, and I remember members of the Polish-American group that owned the building hung glumly to the back of the room, taking in the alien circus around them. A fun place.

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