Monday, June 10, 2013

The Knitting Factory-Not Your Grandmother's Knitting

If you've been to Brooklyn and you are into the music scene, you've probably heard of, or been to The Knitting Factory. Located off Metropolitan Ave in the heart of Brooklyn, The Knitting Factory is the place to go for cool yet underground shows in New York.

When I was interning in Manhattan several summers ago, I got a chance to go to a show at the Knitting Factory. The show was on a hot July night, 60's influenced garage bands, No Bunny, and The Strange Boys played. The venue was packed and was the place to be that night in Brooklyn. There was a huge crowd congregated outside, and then when the music was about to start, we all squeezed into the small hallway that led to the stage and bar. The crowd went wild for both bands, people were stage diving and crowd surfing, the New York modern garage punk scene was at its best. After the show, I was sweaty and gross, I had beer poured on me but it was cool. The show made me feel alive. My ears were ringing for days after.

What started as a venue in 1987, (the year I was born ha!), The Knitting Factory, has transformed to all things that correlate with shows and live music. Now, the transformed textiles factory is its own entertainment company, complete with a record company, music management business, and tour coordinators. The Knitting Factory Started in Brooklyn but has grown to fulfill the position of the cool go-to venue in other cities like Boise, Reno and Spokane. Along with these other crossover ventures, the Knitting Factory has its own apparel line called "The Knit Collection" which is comprised of all sorts of clothing items printed with music inspired designs.

Fun fact: local Atlanta printing powerhouse Fallen Arrows has partnered with The Knitting Factory Entertainment to print exclusive licensed music apparel. Fallen Arrows be the printshop that prints and sells The Knitting Factory's licensed music related t-shirts, handbags, hats and other apparel. The Knit Collection + Fallen Arrows is premiering this month! Check out a sneak peak of some of the designs below:

Keep on rockin' in the free world,