SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 5.21 ~ 5.26, 2015 – Memorial Day Weekend Edition!

“Riis Park Beach Bazaar Opening w. MOTHXR, French Horn Rebellion & Computer Magic, Final BK Bazzar, Morrissey Bday w. The Sons & Heirs, Dreamland Xanadu Skate Party and MORE”

SHAW 5.21-26.2015


Hello New York,
Does anyone else feel as if Memorial Day Weekend this year came out of nowhere and prematurely? It’s usually the last weekend of May and I feel little unprepared to “kick start” the summer.

The big news this week is definitely the final weekend of the Brooklyn Night Bazaar and the opening weekend of Riis Park beach Bazaar. I grew up in Queens and have always been a big fan of Rockaway and Riis Park beach with frequent visits for many years. I am personally very excited about the marriage of Brooklyn Bazaar and Riis Park Beach and this will bring out what the best of NYC has to offer for a fun summer. The opening of RPBB is presented by The Agency Group (I was an intern there for a summer in 1999!) bringing you 3 days of free music with: MOTHXR, Avan Lava, Religia, Banker$ DJ on Saturday, French Horn Rebellion, Mainland, Violet Sands, DJ Lady Guy on Sunday and Computer Magic, Heavenly Beat, Nicholas Nicholas & Double Trouble Double Dragon DJ’s on Monday. For ALL upcoming Riis Park Beach Bazaar schedule, please visit or keep checking back on

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“Just as the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a new take on the traditional flea market, Riis Park Beach Bazaar re-imagines the beach experience along Jacob Riis Park’s historic waterfront. Riis Park Beach Bazaar hosts seasonal activities, entertainment and shopping, with food and beverage concessions brought to you by NY’s favorite inter-borough taste-makers. This cultural component — combined with the natural sea, sun and sand, is the recipe for a unique beach experience, unlike any other.”

Beach + Market + Food + Games + Music + City Skyline = Perfect NYC Summer
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The final Brooklyn Night Bazaar this weekend is presented by TimeOut Live with FREE live performance by Priests, Greys, Skating Polly & Done on Friday night + Perfect Pussy, Big Ups, Vulture Shit, Nine of Swords & Nonsense on Saturday night. Be sure to attend and help celebrate the closing of this historical institution that is Brooklyn Night Bazaar who have been working so hard to bring us the amazing quality of free music for the past few years.

This Friday is the annual very UNhappy birthday celebration for Morrissey: “At Last I Am Born” with The Sons & Heirs (A Tribute to The Smiths & Morrissey) at The Bell House. Along with The Sons & Heirs, the special guest performances are Lower Wolves (A Tribute to Early REM) & Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf). The Sons & Heirs Morrissey Bday celebration shows always sells out, get your advance tickets before it is too late! $12 Limited Early Advance Tickets, $14 adv., $18 d.o.s.

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Lastly, after the successful opening of Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco last week, they are back this Friday with a “Xanadu” theme skate party at Lakeside. $18 includes admission and skate rentals. Get advance tickets HERE before it sells out!

For all other events we have this week including the weekly Midnight Cabaret Burlesque party, check out the rest of this newsletter or visit Thank you for reading, enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

Andy Shaw and the Shaw Promotion team.

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SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 5.14 ~ 5.21, 2015

“Kostume Kult’s Black & Light Ball, Dreamland Roller Disco, A Place to Bury Strangers BK Bazaar, Primal Scream, Rebel Night and MORE!

SHAW 5.14-5.21

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Hello New York City,
With Spring finally here, we have tons of exciting events this week, but first I would like to share exciting news, in conjunction with a sad news. We have been working with our beloved Brooklyn Night Bazaar since day one in 2011 and have been with them on their promotional programs ever since. After few venue changes, Brooklyn Night Bazaar finally found a good home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and flourished in the past 2 years being named “The Best Music Venue of 2014” from TimeOut NY. Unfortunately all the fun and free music that is BK Bazaar is coming to an end next week as another great venue bites the dust.  The silver lining is that this will NOT be the last you hear from the team of Brooklyn Night Bazaar – behold the launch of Riis Park Beach Bazaar! Ironically enough to open on the same day as the last Night Bazaar on Saturday May 23, 2015, Memorial Day Weekend.

From the Bazaar team:
“We are proud to announce that the National Park Service has granted Brooklyn Bazaar a five-year lease to develop programming, food and beverage services at Jacob Riis Park Beach beginning Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 23) 2015. Just as the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a new take on the traditional flea market, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will reimagine the beach experience on Jacob Riis Park’s historic and pristine waterfront. We look forward to hosting abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food and drinks, which when combined with the sea and sun, will result in a New York beach experience unlike any other.”  Click HERE for a listing of all the dates of Riis Park Beach Bazaar events to plan your summer around.


This weekend at their new location is Defalco Presents with Breakdown Brass Band, Gedeon Luke and The People, Saun and Starr (CD Release Show), Ismael and the Radiant Select on Friday and T Presents A Place to Bury Strangers, Sleepies, Pill and Bambara on Saturday. With only 2 weeks left to Brooklyn Night Bazaar, the next two weekends will be historical.

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This Friday is the return of Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco presents Flashdance Skate Party at Lakeside! “Lola Star’s Dreamland Roller Disco parties will begin with a Flashdance themed party on May 15th and continue every Friday night! Costumes that embody the glitz and glam of the 1980’s are strongly encouraged at all Dreamland Roller Disco Parties.” Featuring DJ Momotaro, Miss Saturn’s hula hopping magic, costume contest, skate dance competition!! $18 includes admission and skate rentals, get advance tickets HERE before it sells out! To see all the upcoming Dreamland Roller Disco dates and themes, check out !

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On Saturday, the kooky Kostume Kult is back with Black & Light Ball 2015 – Androids Dream of Electric Sheep at Santos Party House.  With DJs on two floors, art activities, and more, tickets are going very fast. The $25/30 tickets are already sold out, get your advance tickets HERE!

For all other events including The Midnight Cabaret, Primal Scream shows,Rebel Night and more, please check out the event listings below or go to

Thank you for reading and enjoy your week!


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Good bye Brooklyn Night bazaar, Hello Riis Park Beach Bazaar!


SHAW Promotion has been working with Brooklyn Night Bazaar since day one in 2011. Starting with the few one-off events on Flatbush Ave to the grand opening in Williamsburg in 2012 and the grand opening in the new Greenpoint location, we were always there every step of the way.  When I found out that my beloved Brooklyn Night Bazaar, which also happens to be around the corner from my home is closing at the end of May, I was completely disappointed to know another amazing venue is getting pushed out in the North Brooklyn.

This is the official statement from Brooklyn Night Bazaar:
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the Brooklyn Night Bazaar will be vacating its home of almost 2 years as of June 1. The building owner of 29 Norman Avenue has reached a deal with a large multinational company that included an enormous rent increase we could not possibly match. While we are excited to be starting our inaugural summer Riis Park Beach Bazaar this Memorial Day weekend, we are saddened and extremely disappointed to lose a space we built from the ground up and poured our heart and soul into over the years. In the end, the ever skyrocketing cost of Brooklyn real estate was something that made staying at this location an impossibility. A big shout out and thanks to all the incredible bands, rad vendors, killer food stands, creative artists, great staff, and the hundreds of thousands of visitors that made BKNB a truly unique and special place. We’ll miss you all. We are continuing to look at new spaces for the next incarnation of Brooklyn Night Bazaar. This is the third time since 2011 we’ve been booted out of somewhere for someone bigger with a shit ton more money. It sucks, but that’s what happens when you’re a DIY business in 2015 NYC. But we’ll come back, we always do.  The last BKNB shows will be May 22 and May 23.”

With an end of an era, often something else awesome will come along and this is exactly the case for the good peoples at the Bazaar brand. Behold the launch of Riis Park Beach Bazaar!!! Damn these people move quick and get yourself ready for a summer to remember and many more to come in my hometown, Queens!

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From the Bazaar team:
“We are proud to announce that the National Park Service has granted Brooklyn Bazaar a five-year lease to develop programming, food and beverage services at Jacob Riis Park Beach beginning Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 23) 2015. Just as the Brooklyn Night Bazaar is a new take on the traditional flea market, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will reimagine the beach experience on Jacob Riis Park’s historic and pristine waterfront. We look forward to hosting abundant activities, entertainment, shopping, food and drinks, which when combined with the sea and sun, will result in a New York beach experience unlike any other.”

Of course, Riis Park Beach Bazaar will feature all kinds of interactive beach activities as well. Areas of the beach and boardwalk will host everything from beach volleyball, sand soccer, ultimate frisbee, touch football, street and inline hockey, paddleball, and much more. Beginning on May 20th, every Wednesday features the Rockaway Volleyball League. Additional events such as a sand sculpting competition, kite flying festival, 5K & 10K races, wine and craft beer festivals, car expos and more are planned.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar Saturdays and Sundays will also feature multiple pop up merchant vendors along the boardwalk, displaying their arts and crafts, antiques, new and vintage clothing, sunglasses, jewelry and records. In addition, there will be service oriented vendors such as nail artists, tattoo artists, hair stylists, tarot readers and many others. Local Rockaway father and son team Steven and Christian, both original NYC surfers, will operate a permanent s​undries stand​on the boardwalk.

We are working on making the trip to Riis Park Beach Bazaar a breeze, including dedicated bus shuttles throughout NYC, increased ferry service to nearby Riis Landing, and plenty of car share options. Beach chair and umbrella rentals will be available. Beachgoers will even be able to order food and drink directly to their beach chairs using a smartphone! Custom beach passes will also feature package deals including bus/ferry shuttle service, food, drinks, games and beach chair rental. We’re excited.”

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Riis Park Beach Bazaar, 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11694



5/23 T​he Agency Group/T Presents:
MOTHXR​(feat Penn Badgley of Gossip Girl, Greetings From Tim Buckley)
Avan Lava, Religia, Banker$ DJ

5/24 T​he Agency Group/T Presents:
Computer Magic, Heavenly Beat, Violet Sands, DJ Lady Guy

5/25 T​he Agency Group/T Presents:
French Horn Rebellion, Mainland, Nicholas Nicholas, Double Trouble Double Dragon DJ’s

5/27 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ A$h
5/30​Noisey/VICE presents Iron Chic
Soda Bomb, Somerset Thrower, DJ Mathcore

5/31​Noisey/VICE presents
Laura Stevenson, Slingshot Dakota, Vagabond, Double Trouble Double Dragon DJ’s

6/3 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ Who Am I 6/6 ​Gov Ball/T Presents
6/7 T Presents
6/10 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ A$h
6/13 Daptone Records/DeFalco presents 6/14 DeFalco presents Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, DJ Mickey Perez
6/17 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ Who Am I 6/20 G​et Summered Party
6/21 G​et Summered Party
6/24 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ Who Am I
6/27 Time Out LIVE presents 6/28 Time Out LIVE presents
7/1 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ A$h 7/4 G​et Summered Party
7/5 G​et Summered Party
7/8 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ Who Am I
7/10 Polar presents 7/11 Polar presents
7/15 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ A$h 7/18 ​T Presents
7/19 ​T Presents
7/22 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ Who Am I
7/25 Time Out LIVE presents
7/26 Time Out LIVE presents
+ D​ouble Trouble Double Dragon DJ’s
7/29 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ Who Am I
8/1 G​et Summered 8/2 G​et Summered
8/5 Rockaway Volleyball League + DJ Who Am I
8/8 Rockaway Volleyball League CHAMPIONSHIP + DJ Who Am I
8/8 ?S​ix Point/Atypical Beasts
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8/15 T Presents 8/16 T Presents


SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 5.7 ~ 5.10, 2015

“Red Bull Fest: Que Bajo?! + Yardcore, Boylesque Festival, Har Mar Superstar BK Bazaar, Gotham Girls, Daniel Avery, Rebel Night and MORE”

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Hello New York City,
What a beautiful day out, I hope you all can bring your lunch outside and enjoy the sun. This Sunday is Mother’s Day and it’s going to be warm summer day, don’t forget to honor your mother.

The tickets for this weekend’s Gotham Girls Roller Derby: Brooklyn Bombshells VS Bronx Gridlock is going fast, get yours NOW before it’s sold out! We are still running our “SHAW Me the Tickets” contest for this bout and the winner will be chosen by Friday at noon. See the details for the giveaway HERE!

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The Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York (#RBMANYC) is in full force now with mega events happening almost daily. Get your tickets for Que Bajo?! at Verboten HERE. The Yardcore event secret location is Fort Green Park in Brooklyn at 1PM and it’s FREE! For details of rest of the RBMANYC check out and

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This week is the 4th Annual New York BOYlesque Festival presented by Thirsty Girl and Daniel Nardicio starting with a teaser party at Knitting Factory on Friday and the main event at BB King Blues Club on Saturday. The FREE Midnight Cabaret at Drom is the official after party on Saturday after the main event to maximized your equal opportunity of what the best New york has to offer in both burlesque and boylesque!

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T Presents is your guide of Brooklyn Night Bazaar this weekend with High Highs, Monogold, Little Racer & Whitewash on Friday and Har Mar Superstar, Mereki, Lost Lander, and Holiday Mountain on Saturday. The SHAW crew got to party with Har Mar Superstar few years back at the SS Coachella, he is one charismatic dudes and puts on one hell of a show. Definitely go check out the BK Bazaar this weekend and as always, it FREE!

Har Mar Superstar

Lastly, one of the best and longest running rockabilly party Rebel Night NYC is having a big show this Saturday with legendary Johnny Fay plus The Megatons from France. With special guest and original recording artist, Neil Coffin and The Palbearer, and NYC local rockin’ band, The Bothers! Get your advance tickets HERE!

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Rebel Night

Thank you for reading, be good to each other, and go enjoy your New York City!

Andy Shaw and the SHAW Promotion team

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SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 4.30 ~ 5.5, 2015

“Red Bull Music Academy Festival NY: GHE20G0TH1K + 100 Disciplines, Midnight Cabaret w. Albert Cadabra, Glamdammit, Derby Day at Pinks, and MORE”

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Hello Fellow New Yorkers,
I would like to start this week’s newsletter with the return of our “SHAW Me The Tickets” ticket giveaway! 2015 marks the 8th year we are working with the Gotham Girls Roller Derby as I watch the popularity of the league and these fast women on skates soar with sold out bouts and national championships. The next bout is Brooklyn Bombshells v. Bronx Gridlock on Saturday, May 9 and we got a pair of tickets for YOU! Click HERE for details on how to win a fun night out!

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The 2015 Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York (#RBMANYC) is upon us and we are thrilled to be working them once again. We are promoting for the whole festival and some of the specific events throughout the month of May. Starting this week, we have the GHE20G0TH1K at Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Get tickets HERE!) on Saturday and 100 Disciplines at the Brooklyn Museum (Free with admission to the Museum) on Sunday. For complete listing of all the RBMANYC shows, check out!

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Twig the Wonderkid’s monthly “Glamdammit” is back this week with live performances by The Sharp Lads, The Bowery Boys and Ingrid and The Defectors. There is a PBR open bar at 11PM when the party starts to help you get in the spirit of rock and roll and we have your guest list right here! Space is limited, RSVP is on first come basis.

The weekly burlesque party “Midnight Cabaret” at Drom is now FREE! Kicking off the May edition hosted by The Great Deceiver, Albert Cadabra, an amazing array of performances completed by circus / aerial and fire performers! Did I mention it’s all FREE now?! Your Saturday night can’t get any sexier, grab a date and some friends and go check out The Midnight Cabaret!

Our friends at Sailor Jerry are always involved with super cool events and this Sunday, Sailor Jerry’s delicious rum cocktails will be on special for $6 from 12PM – 6PM at the 2nd Annual Split’n Lanes & Dodgin’ Gutters: A Classic Motorcycle Show at Brooklyn Bowl. Team SHAW Promotion are riders and huge fans of all things motorcycle and Sailor Jerry, between Stephen and I we have 5 bikes and I will definitely be there this Sunday with my bike at the reserved motorcycle parking right out front of Brooklyn Bowl. This event is FREE and ALL AGES! Check out the video from last year’s Split’n Lanes and Dodgin’ Gutters below.

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I would like to thank Run Around Sue for sending us some buttons in memory of the late Jess Marquis. I have many people asking me where to get these buttons, the supply is very limited, but Run Around Sue agreed to mail some out to people who loved Jess. Email me directly for details.


Lastly, I want to give a HUGE congratulations to my best friend who won first place at last week’s NYC Hot Sauce Expo on both flavors of her Queen Majesty Hot Sauce!! What an amazing accomplishment for a brand that’s only 2 years old, I am so proud!


For all other SHAW Promotion events this week, please check out the rest of the newsletter or our calendar for the latest. Thank you for reading, till next week!

Andy Shaw and the SHAW Promotion team.

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SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 4.22 ~ 4.28, 2015

“The Final Shaken & Stirred, Rock n Roll Bingo, Hivern Discs Tour, Moss Icon+Into It. Over It BK Bazaar, The Waterboys, Midnight Cabaret, Hot Sauce Expo and MORE”

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Hey New York,
Before I move on to this week’s events, I would like to give respect to Webster Hall for putting together such a emotional, beautiful, and appropriate memorial for Jess Marquis. Along with 15 other speakers, I had the chance to say my peace and share stories of Jess on stage to his friends and family. We were all so glad the Immler family had the chance to hear from so many people on how much impact Jess had made in our lives and in NYC. It was the biggest nightlife reunion and very heartfelt; it was something we all needed. Thank you Webster Hall and “Thank you Jess Marquis for connecting us all“.

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With the untimely passing of one of the main creator and hosts, the team at “Shaken & Stirred” have decided they do not want to continued the party without Jess Marquis. Tonight, is THE FINAL Shaken & Stirred burlesque dance party: In Memory of DJ Jess at The Delancey. Be there for the last dance. All monies from the night, including Gogo tips, performer fees, and 20% of the bar, will be donated to Jess’s fund with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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If your still itching for some sexy, the new weekly Midnight Cabaret continues on Saturdays at Drom. This week’s edition featured DJ Fresh Prince of Darkness & Valora Dee as the Stage Kitten and hosted by Brooklyn’s lascious, hilarious showman of supernatural sleeze Dandy Darkly. We are still running the **Special $10 SHAW DISCOUNT with the code “cancan“!! Get your tickets HERE!

Brooklyn Night Bazaar and awesome FREE concerts this weekend is presented by Time Out NY. Live performances from Moss Icon, Guerilla-Toss, Beech Creeps, Multiculti & Voice Coils on Friday and Into It. Over It, Major League, Tiny Moving Parts, Collect Yourself & Safety on Saturday. The Brooklyn Night Bazaar was the WINNER of  “Best Music Venue” in Time Out Love New York Awards in 2014 and you know that TONY is curating this showcase carefully to bring you the finest talents and for FREE! Knock yourself out!

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We have many more events and options on weekends, but if a casual week night with games and delicious, inexpensive food is more of your steeze, look no further than the Rock and Roll Bingo at Pinks in the East Village. Classic bingo format with Rock’n’Roll trivia with prizes range from music memorabilia to free food and drinks and 2 for 1 Classic Burgers! The night is completed with music by Twigg Von Wunderkind and Emcee by Christopher Hardwick. Bingo!

Lastly, this Saturday and Sunday is the 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo at Brooklyn Expo, in Greenpoint Brooklyn. This is not a SHAW Promotion event, so why am I talking about this? Because 1. I am a big fan of anything spicy. 2. I am a HUGE fan of the Queen Majesty Hot Sauce. 3. I have been helping Queen Majesty making her hot sauce for the past few months and I will be working at the expo this weekend! Queen Majesty was the 2nd place winner in the Jalapeño Category for her Jalapeño Tequila and Lime Hot Sauce at the last year.

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The Hot Sauce Expo is from 10AM – 6PM with $10 general admission. If you are a fan of anything spicy, this is not to be missed, or just come visit the Queen Majesty booth and say hi. Hope to see you there!

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Thank you for reading, check out all the events we have this week below, and Happy Earth Day!

Andy Shaw and the SHAW Promotion team.

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Wednesday April 22, 2015
Shaken & Stirred – The Finale: In Memory of DJ Jess at The Delancey
Vespa Club Aperitivo at Perbacco Restaurant

Thursday April 23, 2015
Deadly Dragon Sound Presents: Downtown Top-Ranking at The Delancey

Friday April 24, 2015
FIXED Presents Hivern Discs Tour w. John Talabot & Mark Pinol @ Output
Time Out NY Presents Moss Icon, Guerilla-Toss, Beech Creeps, Multiculti & Voice Coils at Brooklyn Night Bazaar

Saturday May 25, 2015
The Midnight Cabaret Hosted by Dandy Darkly at DROM
Time Out NY Presents Into It. Over It, Major League and MORE at Brooklyn Night Bazaar
The Waterboys Live With Special Guest The Bluebonnets at Irving Plaza
Jiffy’s Food. Drinks. Music – Brunch Special (Saturday & Sunday)
High River Sauces Presents The 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo at Brooklyn Expo (Saturday & Sunday)

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Rock ‘N’ Roll Bingo w. DJ Twig the Wonderkid + 2-4-1 Classic Burgers at PINKS

SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 4.15 ~ 4.19, 2015 (RIP Jess Marquis)

“The Buzzcocks, Midnight Cabaret, Pity Sex + The Album Leaf BK Bazaar, Bikini Carwash, Rebel Night *RIP Jess Marquis*”

Dear New York,
As most of you know by now, this past week we lost a shining star in the industry and a very dear friend of mine, Jess Marquis. The outcry of this tragic loss from our community was everywhere and the sense of loss and sadness was immeasurable. There is no doubt on the impact of life Jess had on every single person he met and on New York City nightlife as a whole. Jess and I started our journey in nightlife together in 2003 with both SHAW Promotion and the Trash! party at Rififi and we have always been side-by-side with love, support, and friendship; we had accomplished so much together. With the untimely passing of my old friend, I truly feel a part of SHAW Promotion and NYC has died with it. I am sad beyond words and still having trouble getting over this shock. I wrote a personal tribute of memories for Jessm you can read it here and share your stories of him in our comments sections. “DJ Jess, Jess Marquis, Jesse Immler; RIP Old Friend“.  You can also read the tribute for Jess from Igor of Driven By Boredom HERE and from Village Voice HERE.


There is a service for Jess on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 7PM.”There is a light that never goes out” Celebrating The Life of JESS MARQUIS IMMLER. The SHAW Promotion crew will definitely be there. RIP Jess, I love you.

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Jess and I designed our newsletter formats together back in 2004 and as Jess would always say, “the show (SHAW) must go on“. With my heavy heart, I will present you this week’s SHAW events below.

The Shaken & Stirred party we’ve been promoting was one of the last events I was involved with Jess before his untimely passing. Jess was one of the hosts and tonight’s featured burlesque is Apathy Angel, another old friend of Jess and I. Be sure to go support this burlesque dance party tonight and have a toast for him.

For this Saturday’s Midnight Cabaret, we are still running the special $10 SHAW DISCOUNT with the code “cancan. This week’s edition is hosted by the notorious downtown drag superstar
Sweetie with live music by Amour Obscur and featuring Julie Atlas Muz, Mr. Gorgeous and many others. Click HERE for details!

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Our work with Live Nation continues with this week’s legendary The Buzzcocks from the UK live at Irving Plaza. The Buzzcocks shared the same label on Go Karts Records as my old punk band, INDK, as well as one of my favorite nightlife rocker, Theo Kogan of the old legendary NYC band, The Luna Chicks.  Punk rock!

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Speaking of punk rock, my band Bikini Carwash recently acquired a new guitarist with my old friend Alex Divide and we are playing our first show together at the soon-to-be-close Trash Bar in Williamsburg. There is an OPEN BAR from 7 – 8PM with $8 admission, Bikini Carwash set time is at 9PM. A side note: Our singer Lizzie Steelheart was college friends with Jess, it also just goes to show the far reach of Jess’ reach with the NYC community. I hope to see you at the show.

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T Presents & Ipsum Magazine are your presenters for this weekend’s Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Featuring Pity Sex, Foxes in Fiction, John Galm and The Spirit of the Beehive on Friday and The Album Leaf, Drop Electric, The Tablets & Han Demo on Saturday. Always FREE and always AWESOME!

For more of this week’s events, please check out the rest of this newsletter or on the SHAW calendar. We also thrilled to be working with the Red Bull Music Academy NY Festival for the 3rd year. Check out the Que Bajo?! and Yardcore events in the upcoming section at the bottom of this newsletter with more to come!

Lastly before I go, I want to share the happiest day of my life as of Monday April 13, at 6:18PM, when I finally got to meet my son, Jarvis Fan Shaw. Happy birthday Jarvis, I love you so much.

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Thank you for reading this week, I look forward to see many of you at Jess’ memorial service family reunion on Thursday at Webster Hall. As Jess would always say: “Good night you sexy motherf*ckers!

Andy Shaw and the SHAW Promotion team.

DJ Jess, Jess Marquis, Jesse Immler; RIP Old Friend.

RIP Jess

It is well known by now that New York City (and I’m sure many other cities and friends), has lost an icon who was best known as DJ Jess Marquis, making immediate rounds on social media on the morning, of Thursday, April 9, 2015.  Waking up to many texts messages and emails blowing up my phone, I shot out of bed trying to wrap my head around these “rumors” that Jess had passed and carefully figuring out who I could get real information from before my meltdown began.  Unfortunately the “rumors” had become truth and the never ending support and love for this man cried out of every app on my phone, just as it was crying out of me.  One thing was apparent from everyone’s shared memory was that Jess had such an impact on our lives, being the first friend to many in NYC or introducing us to an underground culture of weird dance parties, or giving us a lesson on what he loved so much about this city which is music.  I’d like to share my fondest memories of him, as he had such a huge impact on my life and who I am today as well.


I met Jess in early 2000 as a roommate of my dear friend Amylu. He was Jesse and I was Andy Stylee. Jesse was new to New York and we took instant liking to each other as he was quick witted, passionate, smart, full of life and ambition. We shared many similar interests, but mainly our passion for music and our dreams of “making it” in New York as musicians. I was in a new punk band called INDK and Jesse was in a new Smiths cover band called The Salford Lads. Jesse, Amylu, and I spent many nights at their apartment in Park Slope watching TV, movies and Morrissey videos, him always made fun of how much I yelled and talked back during a show, and I often annoyed yet amazed on how long he would take in the bathroom blow drying his notoriously beautiful hair. I would give him rides around town on my 1975 Vespa and he would complain about his helmet hair. I often went to see his band, The Salford Lads, whenever possible; my favorites being the appearances at the ‘Tiswas party.

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Salford Lads

I moved to San Diego California in 2001 and picked up a street promotion job and in 2003 I decided to move back to my hometown of NYC to give promotion and marketing a shot closer to my family and loved ones. I spent the first 3 months back in New York trying to kick start my new found business with very little luck, and that’s when Jesse came back into my life. One day he called me and explained to me that he started this new party called “Trash!” at the East Village dive bar, Rififi, and he would like to hire me to help promote it. I was thrilled with the opportunity and said “Thank you so much Jesse!” and he replied “No, please call me Jess, I’m rebranding myself as Jess now“. I laughed and said “well then, don’t call me Andy Stylee anymore, I will also rebrand myself to just Andy Shaw and I ‘m going to name my new company SHAW Promotion.

We Are Americana
We Are Americana

I had never done party promotion, my only background was doing some branding gigs out West on and off, and took this first job very seriously. I went to Rififi to “study” his party and although the attendance was low, the energy was high and the potential was exciting; I could see his vision and I was on board. The very next day I spent a few hours with “Jess” to brain storm promotion techniques and presented my street level approach to him; he was immediately on board as he was always a believer of grass roots promotion to reach audience as they often did back in the hay days of the ’90s. We agreed we needed to build not just a party, but a community and we were going to find those people. We would target young college kids and build a home and a family and make “Trash!” an institution where kids can come and be carefree and freak out. We designed the original Trash! flyers together, printed few thousand 4×6 postcards and some posters and I immediately went to work hitting the streets. I put my charm, heart, and soul into the party promotion and the attendance was up immediately and growing rapidly. I remember Jess and I high fiving each other, both ecstatic on the quick success of what we had built on his vision and that our strategy had somehow worked, both being so new to this. Trash! quickly became a Downtown staple and I quickly met so many awesome characters and timeless friends, including my “Chairman” Antonio, AKA Twig the Wonderkid, as well as who would become my wife and baby mama, JD Valentine.

Jess & Alex Malfunction at Rififi
Original Trash

Through my success of the Trash! party, I quickly got more party promotion opportunities with “Broadcast” at Bar 13, “‘Tiswas” at Don Hills, “Rated X” at Opaline, “Misshapes” at Luke & Leroy, and eventually with the “Motherfucker” party I was able to put SHAW Promotion on the map as a legitimate business and helped shape the landscape of NYC nightlife. I thanked Jess every day for his opportunity and trust in me and helped me build a career and I was happy to see him flourish as well, as he loved being in the spotlight and the spotlight certainly loved him.

The Original Gang
The OG

From The Salford Lads to Sadie, The Alps, We Are Americana, many different venues of Trash!, Indierotica, Broadcast, NC 17, BUST, Shaken & Stirred to Kill City, I was involved with everything Jess and he was always there for me, pulling me on board for every opportunity he got, as would I always have Jess by my side for anything important including SHAW Promotion anniversary parties, nightlife awards, birthdays, Bootie NYC parties, the list has no end.  When I was helping back in 2004 with their “SHAW on the Street” nightlife assignment, the very first person I interviewed was Jess to show my admiration and respect.  Jess was the first person I asked to attend my limited seating table at both the 2008 & 2009 Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards and we both jumped with joy and screamed together when I won both years, knowing that I was there because of him.  Years later when he made the tough decision to end Trash! at The Studio at Webster Hall, we talked for an hour rambling about the forever changing NYC party scene and what our plans for the future would be.

Paper Mag Nightlife Awards
Nightlife awards

As much as he was my friend during the night, my favorite memories of Jess are the things we did away from the clubs and bars. I helped Jess move into one of his first tiny East Village apartments and remember staying overnight a few times, exhausted after Trash!, staying up until the wee hours of the morning. We both understood the struggles between the nightlife persona and personal lives and we used to have a bi-weekly meet up at his apartment, discussing both work and life; it was there he would pay me with a stack of white envelopes, each dated for the party the payment was for. He was there for me when I went through my divorce, took me out to dinner and comforted me and Jess was there to congratulate me when I was newly engaged to the love of my life and my wedding; it is clear that he was always there for me.

Hudson Hotel Dinner
Jess dinner

The last time I spoke to Jess was just a few days ago. I recommended our Bootie NYC DJ Lobsterdust, for his Kill City party and we talked about his Shaken & Stirred burlesque party, which I was currently promoting for. We chatted about my soon to be born son to which he mentioned JD and I were “obnoxiously cute” and he was looking forward to meet him.


I have been crying all day, shut the curtains, and stayed in bed as many others have. Everywhere I turn in my office I see something that reminds me of Jess Marquis, framed nightlife posters on my walls, flyers around the office; it is so apparent to me how much he is in my every day life, even though we don’t see each other as much these days​. I have always considered SHAW Promotion​ and  Jess/Trash! a brother and sister brand as we started our journey together. With the untimely passing of my old friend, I truly feel a part of SHAW Promotion and NYC has died with it (I remember thinking this when he ended Trash!). As I look at the thousands of social media and news postings about Jess, there is no measurement to the magnitude of impact he had on so many people, with many of the stories repeating a similar, loving story. It has also made me realize I know more than half of all the people posting, because of him.

Jess Party

Jess was a motivated person and always on the lookout for new trends. He stayed current on his skills with DJ classes at Dubspot and he was always willing to give young start up talents a chance, whether it be an aspiring DJ, burlesque dancer, band, bar tender, or just promoter such as myself; his love and support for everyone was genuine and endless. Jess’ passion for Morrissey and Michael Jackson is notorious and we shared the love of late night (or early morning) diner eating and Indian food; I always loved listening to him telling crazy stories over meals. He loved acting, dancing, photography, fashion, DJing, and had an intense love affair with everything he did.

Jess photo

Jesse was so much more than just “nightlife” for me, he was an inspiration, an icon, a loving soul, and most of all, he was a friend. I am so filled with so much sadness, it has crippled me; I’m incapacitated, and inconsolable. My heart goes out to all who knew and loved him and have many stories about how he touched their lives as well as to his family who clearly lost an amazing son. Jess, will never be forgotten, your shadow lives on in my daily life and always will. I love you and may your smiling, freaky soul rest in peace.

~ Andy Shaw, April 10th, 2015

OG Jess

Meeting Jess

Andy Jess
Jess andy

Jess Pandolfi

Jess Marlo

Jess Sarah



Jess Halloween

Jess Jackson

Shaw 3 yrs

Paper Mag Trash

The last nightlife supper

Last nights Party Jess

Photos by Nicky Digital, Amylu, PinupNYC, and myself.


SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 4.8 ~ 4.11, 2015

“The Sonics live, Hank & Cupcakes at BK Bazaar, Midnight Cabaret, Gotham Girls Bronx Gridlock vs. Queens of Pain, FIXED with Sh*t Robot and MORE!”

SHAW 4.8-11.2015

Hello New York City,
Why is the heater on again? I love you New York, but we really need you to stay sunny and warm ASAP. I have a baby coming any day now (already past due date) and I really need to get some motorcycle riding time in before I fully embrace my busy #DadLife.

Speaking of being busy, we have so many fun events to keep you busy this week! We are thrilled to announce another project with Live Nation NYC to help them promote five old school big names upcoming concerts including The Sonics live tonight at Irving Plaza. “The Sonics are claimed worldwide to be the first punk band, or garage, or hard rock, or alternative, setting the stage for all that would follow. Since the beginning of the Northwest Sound, the Sonics set the precedence and the pace that gave to every musician and band that followed the inalienable right to take rock to the edge of the universe, to explore the possibilities, to get out of the rut, experiment, and to scream your guts out, that you have arrived, and to continue that thought.” Read more about The Sonics HERE and get your tickets HERE!  Another upcoming Live Nation show to get really excited about is The Buzzcocks next Thursday on April 16th. The Buzzcocks shared the same label on Go Karts Records as my old punk band, INDK, as well as one of my favorite nightlife rocker, Theo Kogan, old legendary NYC band, The Luna Chicks.  Punk rock!

Live Nation 4up

If you missed last Saturday’s Midnight Cabaret premiere party at Drom, I am happy to tell you that you have another chance to catch this sexy show this week and every Saturday this month. This Saturday’s Midnight Cabaret featuring Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Laidies, Perle Noire, Broadway Brassy, Tiger! , Michael Karas!, Valora Dee along with MC Murray Hill who keeps the party going all night long.

*We have a very special $10 discount advance tickets to this Saturday’s Midnight Cabaret just for you with the code: “Cancan“.  Click HERE for your tickets!!

The Midnight Cabaret at Drom
Midnight pic

The Gotham Girls Roller Derby is back again this Saturday with Bronx Gridlock vs Queens of Pain. SHAW Promotion has been working with these fast women of Gotham Girls for many years and we are a big fan of this proud New York Roller Derby brand. Although I love all the teams and live in Brooklyn, the Queens of Pain is definitely my favorite. Queens is my home town and the captain of Queens of Pain Suzy Hotrod is my home girl and ex-band mate. Advance tickets are highly recommended as these tickets go fast!

Let’s go QUEENS!
Queens of Pain

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar this weekend is presented by Defalco Presents, which only means the most quality of music is coming your way. On Friday, the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra is here to keep your dancing all night and on Saturday is the Hank & Cupcakes Vinyl Release Party. I first saw Hank & Cupcakes at Le Poisson Rouge few years back and immediately knew this is the band to pay attention to. I was impressed with their fun, pop-rock-synth-dance sound and made a mental note to catch them whenever I can. Check out the fun video below and go support your local Brooklyn duo for their release party! (And it’s FREE!)

Hank & Cupcakes video

For all other events this week including Clara Coquette at Shaken & Stirred Burlesque Dance Party, FIXED with Sh*t Robot & WT Records and Little Lesley and The Bloodshots NYC Record Release Party with one of my favorite bands Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones, check out the rest of this newsletter and or our SHAW calendar.

Lara Hope video

Thank you for reading, warmer weather is coming this weekend, enjoy!

Andy Shaw and the SHAW Promotion team.

NYC weather 4.8-12.2015

SHAW PROMOTION Newsletter 4.1 ~ 4.5, 2015

“Kostume Kult Horned Ball, The Midnight Cabaret, Fixed, Glamdammit, Tragedy + Reptar CD Release BK Bazaar, Rebel Night, Boo Boo Darlin and MORE”

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GGRD 2015 newsletter banner

Hello New York City,
Happy April Fool’s Day! Apparently texting your in-laws and saying your 39 week pregnant wife is in labor right now at the hospital is NOT as funny as one would think, as their boss was called and bags were packed; sorry Mom and Dad! I hope you guys have a better luck with your pranks today.

This week we have some new, sexy and epic events to lure you out of the house and into this warmer weather. This Saturday is the premiere of the new weekly extravaganza, The Midnight Cabaret presented by Drom, Jenny Rocha, and Jen Gapay of Thirsty Girl Productions . This sexy soiree features an alluring line up filled with dancing ladies, circus spectacles, live music, DJ after-party and hosted by one of my favorite nightlife personalities Mr. “SHOW BIZ” Murray Hill! Get your $15 advance tickets HERE!

The Midnight Cabaret cast!
Midnight talents

The people at Kostume Kult are back with “Horned Ball 2015Enter the Funderdome”. The Horned Ball was envisioned as Kostume Kult’s premier Burning Man camp fundraiser. A unique Spring Bacchanalia and annual Art Project in early April – the animals are out of hibernation and ready to rut… And DANCE! Partially inspired by Fire Sign, Aries, April timing, this was to be a fiery, frisky, horny affair every year. With multi-layered themes, and a fantastical orientation, this has grown as a freaky-geeky ode to Spring and the kickoff of Kostume Kult’s Burning Man planning season. Kostume Kult’s parties are always a blast and sell fast, so get your tickets now before it’s too late to join the Kult!


This weekend at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, T Presents is bringing you TWO album release parties from Reptar’s “Lurid Glow” on Friday and the highly anticipated new album from our friends TRAGEDY – A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees and Beyond on Saturday!! Check out their videos below and save the date for this amazing showcase that is guaranteed to fun for the whole family, and FREE!!

Tragedy UR the one that I want

More free parties this week are Fixed NYC with JDH & Dave P at their favorite late night spot, Le Bain, the weekly Shaken & Stirred Burlesque dance party featuring Boo Boo Darlin’, monthly Rebel Night speakeasy, and Downtown Top Ranking. Check out all the details below on this newsletter.

Twig the Wonderkid‘s Glamdammit party this Saturday is presenting “The Wild Ones” – Tribute to The Runaways along with performances from The Black Angels and Pale Moon Gang plus a PBR open bar from 11Pm – midnight. SHAW Promotion has limited guest list spots available for Glamdammit to accompany your FREE PBR. RSVP here!

Thank you for reading, enjoy the Spring like weather this week and GO OUT!

Andy Shaw and the Shaw Promotion team.

Buzzcocks 4.16.15
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NYC weather 4.1-5.2015