Brooklyn's Best Venues for Contemporary
AND Traditional Music

ABOUT US

First Acoustics is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in Brooklyn. We depend on charitatable donations, in addition to ticket and merchandise sales, to help support our concerts and other operations. If you would like to help, please click on the button below. All donations are deductible from taxable income to the extent permitted by law.




Travel Directions

First Unitarian Church,

the venue for certain First Acoustics special events, is located in Brooklyn Heights, a beautiful residential neighborhood that adjoins downtown Brooklyn and is just across the East River from the Wall Street area.

By Subway

Brooklyn Heights is very well served by the New York City subway system. The 2, 3, 4, 5, N and R trains all stop at COURT STREET/BOROUGH HALL. From Court Street/Borough Hall, walk north on Cadman Plaza West one or two blocks. Turn left on Pierrepont Street. Walk west two blocks to Monroe Place and you are there!

For more information on subway and bus service, we recommend you go to www.hopstop.com and plug in the destination "50 Monroe Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201".

Driving Directions

From south Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey, Queens, Long Island, the Bronx, Westchester County or upstate New York, take the Brooklyn Queens Expressay to Brooklyn Heights. Exit at Cadman Plaza/Brooklyn Civic Center. Go south on Cadman Plaza West. Turn right on Clark Street. Go west one block. Turn left on Monroe Place. Go south one block to the corner of Pierrepont Street and you are there!

From Manhattan, take the Brooklyn Bridge. Exit at Cadman Plaza. Go south on Cadman Plaza West. Turn right on Clark Street. Go west one block. Turn left on Monroe Place. Go south one block to the corner of Pierrepont Street and you are there!

For driving directions from anywhere, you can always plug the destination "50 Monroe Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201" into your favorite map and directions program such as Google Maps or Yahoo Maps.

House Concerts

The location and directions for house concerts will be provided when you buy tickets.

About Us

First Acoustics is an independent, not-for-profit organization based in Brooklyn that was formed to raise public awareness of acoustic music, be it contemporary, folk or roots music, in Brooklyn and beyond. Most of our concert events will take place at the First Unitarian Church located at Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place in the Brookyn Heights neighborhood of New York City. Concerts may be held in the main sanctuary or the McKinney Chapel.

First Acoustics, Inc. depends on charitable giving by the general public as well as ticket and merchansise sales to cover the costs of our concerts and other operations. First Acoustics is included in the group exemption program of Folk Alliance International, a recognized Section 501(c)(3) organization, which means that all donations to First Acoustics (but not ticket or merchandise purchases) are deductible from federal, state and local taxable income to the extent permitted by applicable law. If your employer matches employee's charitable contributions and you would like to give us money, please call us so we can provide whatever documentation you need to qualify for the match.

Ticketing

Admission to our concerts is by seat purchase only. First Acoustics is going greener by dispensing with paper tickets for most shows. If you purchase in advance on this website or by phone, we will email a confirmation to you. You can keep your confirmation or PayPall receipt as a reminder of the date, but it is not necessary to bring it with you. We will have a list at the door of persons that have purchased seats. There is a surcharge of $5.00 per seat for seats purchased at the door. First Acoustics reserves the right to revoke the license created by a seat purchase at any time for any reason by refunding the purchase price.

Accessability

The McKinney chapel is freely accessable, since the entrance is at sidewalk level. The sanctuary, however, is accessable only via outdoor steps. Also, the restrooms are located in the lower level of the building, which is also accessable only via stairs. If you have concerns about accessability, please call our Box Office at (718) 288-5994 and we will try to make special arrangements.

House Rules

We seek to maintain a "listening room" atmosphere for enjoyment of serious music performances.

Please do not bring any food or beverages to the concert. Beverages and snack items will be sold before the performance and during intermission or complimentary food will be provided, when so indicated.

Photography and sound recording are not permitted during performances except by special permission.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in our venues.

Our Performance History

2008-2009 Concert Series
October 25, 2008 - Livingston Taylor with Cat Martino
November 15, 2008 - Bethany & Rufus
December 13, 2008 - Olympia's Daughters
January 10, 2009 - Christine Lavin
February 14, 2009 - Valentine's Cabaret - Bob Cunningham and Wendy Russell
March 7, 2009 - Holly Near
April 28, 2009 - Priscilla Herdman
May 9, 2009 - Leon Redbone

Summer Thursdays 2009
July 23, 2009 - SoHo Voce
July 30, 2009 - Urban Sonora
August 6, 2009 - Mike Bjella
August 13, 2009 - Hilary Morgan

2009-2010 Concert Series
September 19, 2009 - Gene Casey & The Lonesharks
October 3, 2009 - Kate Taylor
October 17, 2009 - Patty Larkin with Terence Martin
November 14, 2009 - Spirit Ensemble
December 19, 2009 - Christine Lavin with Arlon Bennett
December 31, 2009 - The Fort Greene Project featuring Selah Eric Spruiell
January 23, 2010 - The Kennedys with Patrick Fitzsimmons
February 13, 2010 - Valentine's Cabaret - Alex Terrier and Andrea Wolper
February 27, 2010 - Stefan Bauer Voyage featuring Judi Silvano
March 13, 2010 - Madafi Pierre
April 10, 2010 - Tom Rush
May 22, 2010 - Livingston Taylor with We're About 9

2010-2011 Concert Series
September 11, 2010 - Jonathan Edwards with Judy Gorman
September 25, 2010 - The Nields with Chris Brown
October 16, 2010 - Mike Bjella Quartet and Camila Mesa Group
November 7, 2010 - Priscilla Herdman
March 19, 2011 - Red Molly with Pat Wictor
April 9, 2011 - Janis Ian with Natalia Zukerman
May 7, 2011 - We're About 9 with Barnaby Bright
May 21, 2011 - Bob Cunningham Jazz Ensemble

2011-2012 Concert Series
September 17, 2011 - Spirit Ensemble
October 1, 2011 - Holly Near with John Bucchino and special guest Linda Tillery
October 22, 2011 - Kim & Reggie Harris and Gathering Time
November 19, 2011 - The Kennedys with Debbie Deane
March 24, 2012 - Sloan Wainwright with Sharon Goldman
April 21, 2012 - Seth Glier with The Antivillains
May 19, 2012 - Stefan Bauer and Wendy Russell
June 2, 2012 - Brother Sun with The YaYas

2012-2013 Concert Series
September 22, 2012 - Roosevelt Dime with Honor Finnegan
October 6, 2012 - Buskin & Batteau and Freebo
November 17, 2012 - Caitlin Canty, Anna Dagmar and Anthony DaCosta
December 9, 2012 - Meg Braun, Jean Rohe and Carolann Solebello
March 23, 2013 - Barnaby Bright and Deni Bonet
April 20, 2013 - Spuyten Duyvil with Karyn Oliver
May 18, 2013 - Pesky J. Nixon with Kara Kulpa
June 1, 2013 - Joni Mitchell's "Blue": A 40th Anniversary Celebration

2013-2014 Concert Series
September 15, 2013 - Bobtown with The Suaverinos
September 28, 2013 - The Amigos Band with Mark Allen Berube
October 12, 2013 - Sarah McQuaid with Paul Sachs
November 2, 2013 - Connor Garvey and Brad Yoder
November 16, 2013 - Suzie Vinnick with Friction Farm
March 22, 2014 - Christine Lavin with Marci Geller
March 30, 2014 - Wool & Grant and The Boxcar Lilies
April 12, 2014 - Aztec Two-Step
May 3, 2014 - We're About 9 and ilyAIMY
May 17, 2014 - Seth Glier and The Yayas
June 7, 2014 - Livingston Taylor with Special Guest Kate Taylor
July 10, 2014 - Roosevelt Dime

2014-2015 Concert Series
September 13, 2014 - Pesky J. Nixon, Joe Crookston and Spuyten Duyvil
September 25, 2014 - Gathering Time and Mara Levine
October 25, 2014 - Mya Byrne and Marci Geller
November 15, 2014 - Tom Rush
March 28, 2015 - No Fuss 'n Feathers Road Show
April 18, 2015 - Lords of Liechtenstein and Greg Klyma
May 16, 2015 - Brad Cole and Claudia Nygaard
June 6, 2015 - Jean Rohe and the End of the World Show

2015-2016 Concert Series
September 26, 2015 - Spirit Ensemble
October 24, 2015 - Matt Nakoa and Martin Swinger
November 21, 2015 - Dan Emino with Jeff Levy-Lyons
March 19, 2016 - Burning Bridget Cleary with Richard Stillman
April 30, 2016 - Brother Sun with Honor Finnegan
May 14, 2016 - Mimi & the Podd Brothers with Peter Bliss
June 4, 2016 - Tret Fure with Bethel Steele

2016-2017 Concert Series
September 11,2016 - Fred Gillen, Jr. and Carolann Solebello
October 22, 2016 - The Nields with Cricket Tell the Weather
November 5, 2016 - We're About 9 with The Lords of Liechtenstein
January 21, 2017 - Cole Nakoa & Treacher
February 18, 2017 - Jon Shain with Left Foot In

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