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Thrasher x Vans Death Match NYC


For years, Thrasher Magazine’s Death Match has brought together music and skateboarding for the ultimate skater’s party. Expanding with an East Coast event, Death Match is coming for a two-day bash in New York City! Thrasher X Vans Death Match NYC will be held October 5th and 6th and as always, it’s a free, all ages event with a first-come, first-served policy – no passes or VIP seating and the ramp is open to all to skate.

DOORS: 3 PM  //  SHOW:  4 PM
All Ages

Neon Gold X


Neon Gold Records celebrates their 10th Anniversary as a label this September, bringing together an all star lineup culled from their family tree of award-winning artists in New York City on September 29th. Held across two stages at The Knockdown Center (off of the L train Jefferson stop), the celebration will feature live performances from Neon Gold artists:

The Knocks

St. Lucia (Acoustic Set) ***JUST ADDED***

Matt Maeson
Alex Winston
Your Smith + more!

Tickets start at $50, with VIP tickets priced at $120. More information available here:

The show marks Marina’s first US performance since 2015 and will be The Knocks’ only NYC live performance of the year!

Rain or Shine

Flip These Houses


FLIP THESE HOUSES is a concert celebrating Protest Songs, Political Music, and Unity through Song.  Net proceeds will benefit Power To The Polls (powered by Women’s March) and select grassroots groups who are helping to win the Congress back from Republican leadership.

President Donald Trump, the Trump administration, and “Trump-ism” as defined by the Presidents words, tweets, and policies, is an existential threat to the nation and to Western democracy as a whole.  This concert is a call to all citizens to vote for the opposition party in the November 2018 elections. (Democrats and Independents who caucus with Democrats), and to raise awareness and funds to help win our country back from those who will let it’s legacy be destroyed.

The program will be a revival show of sorts celebrating music with a social conscience. Confirmed performers include

Matthew Caws (Nada Surf)

Craig Finn (The Hold Steady)

Ryan Miller (Guster)

Michael Shannon (actor/musician)

Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group)

Lee Ranaldo(Sonic Youth)

Hamilton Leithauser (ex-Walkmen)

Sam CohenCharles Bissell (The Wrens)

Nicole Atkins

Mick Collins (Dirtbombs/Gories)

Amy Rigby

Jeffrey Gaines

Jason Narducy (Split Single, Bob Mould Band),

Sammy James Jr (Kinky Boots/The Mooney Suzuki)

Ted Leo

Syd Straw

Richie Birkenhead (Into Another/Youth Of Today)

Britt Daniel (Spoon)

Caithlin DeMarrais (Rainer Maria)

Richard Baluyut (Versus/Flower)

Anders Parker (Varnaline)

Eric Davidson (New Bomb Turks)

Steve Myers(Afghan Whigs/Mighty Fine)

Tom Clark (2A Treehouse)

Mike Fornatale (Left Banke/The Monks)

Renee LoBue

Lenny Zenith

Graham Norwood + more!!


Shilpa Ray
Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices/Nada Surf)
Eszter Balint (Songwriter/Actress)
King Roeser (Urge Overkill)
Laura Cantrell
Mac McCaughan (Superchunk/Merge)
Shannon Conley (Hedwig &Angry Inch/Lez Zeppelin)
Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem)
Eli Janney (Girls Against Boys)

TV On The Radio plays ‘Dear Science’


TV On The Radio celebrates the 10 year anniversary of their classic album ‘Dear Science’ at Knockdown Center, Thursday, September 20th.

TV on the Radio has been called “one of the most compelling American rock and roll stories of the modern age” (BBC), “the most innovative band on the planet” (AV Club) and simply “superb” (Rolling Stone), proving themselves to be one of the most influential bands of the decade. The band consistently confounds expectations while managing to balance respect from critics and peers alike. Their albums grace national ‘best of’s’ and ‘year-end’ lists, including their latest record Seeds (Harvest), topping New York Time’s Jon Pareles’ Best Albums of 2014 list. Their live show has been dubbed, “sexy nerdiness letting go in a controlled blast of unleashed energy” (The Boston Globe).

They’re influential, in their prime, they’re TV on the Radio, and they’ve established themselves as defining musicians of this generation. Seeds serves as another step in continuing to heed their reputation as “the most vital, current band in America” (Associated Press).

Prior to Seeds, TV On The Radio’s 2011 Nine Types of Light, was deemed “pure heaven” by the cherubs at Rolling Stone, earning the band a Grammy® nomination. Dear Science was voted #1 by fans in Pitchfork’s Reader’s Poll and the #1 album in the Village Voice’s Pazz and Jop poll, composed of reviews by more than 800 critics. Following the love the records received, the band went on to grace the stages of Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report. Earlier records, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes and Return To Cookie Mountain stole the hearts of fans and critics alike just the same, winning the Shortlist Music Prize and Spin’s Album of the Year respectively.

Sunday Service: Pamela Liou Presents…


Phase Shift

“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Recent findings in neuroscience challenge the prevailing notion of a centralized self persisting throughout one’s lifetime. Expanding upon Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, a seminal science fiction novel where Gethenian humanoids cycle between sexes through their lives, Phase Shift hopes to offer artists an opportunity to explore the shifting landscapes of their own identities. Much like the circu-lunar hormonal cycles in the human body, so too does our self-concept fluctuate and meander, moving in and out of moments of transformation without apotheosis.

From the enduring metaphor of the werewolf to the transformative powers of girls in shoujo anime, artists have long explored cyclicality of the subconscious self. Phase Shift provides a space for six artists, writers, and musicians to embrace the hidden or contradictory sides of themselves in order to realize previously unexplored terrains. By performing new personas or exploring methodologies outside or adjacent to their current art practice, performances offer a new lens into their interiority.

About the Curator
Pamela Liou is an artist and technologist living in Brooklyn, NY. Incorporating immersive technology, analog video circuits, and custom hardware, her work examines creative efficacy and ornamentation as tools for self-actualization and the negotiation of the self in spaces both physical and virtual. Liou was a keynote speaker at 2017’s Open Source Hardware Summit where she debuted her invention DOTI, a programmable desktop jacquard-style loom. She was a resident at Eyebeam, Museum of Arts and Design, and DBRS labs and recently performed live visuals for choreographer Jonathan Gonzalez’s piece Obeah at La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival. She currently teaches creative technology at School for Poetic Computation and Parsons School of Design. She studied at the Dramatic Writing Department and Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts.

About the Artists
Devin Curry is an interdisciplinary artist, music producer, and DJ based in Brooklyn, NY. Curry hosted his solo art exhibition of “Working Rhythms” at REVERSE gallery, New York City, in 2016; this installation consisted of an interactive music sculpture, multi-channel audio, accompanied by a series of the artist’s ink drawings and digital prints. He has also presented his work at the Museum of the Moving Image (NYC), NYC Media Lab Summit, and IAC Building (NYC) and received press from outlets such as, Make Magazine, Greenpointers, and Synthtopia. Under the recording alias Grand Atrium, Curry has released electronic music on labels Maison Kitsuné and Secretly Canadian and received press from Nylon and numerous music blogs. He has partnered with composer Brett Parnell to create the score for the Shaker Museum’s audio tour app, The Water & The Word. Curry received his Master’s degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and his BA in Cinematic Arts Production from the University of Southern California. He has served on the faculty of Fordham University’s Communication and Media Studies program and Queens College’s School of Art & Design, and currently works in multimedia education at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Originally hailing from Los Angeles, Kristen Garris is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker and video editor. She has created video content for companies such as Google, Vogue, Nylon Magazine, Vice Media, and that have garnered over 2,000,000+ views collectively worldwide. She also writes and directs narrative short films and edits branded commercial content. She holds a B.F.A in Film and TV Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and recently graduated from Brooklyn College’s Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema with an MFA in Film Directing.

Fei Liu 刘斐 is a New York-based Chinese designer, artist, writer, and DJ exploring digital intimacy and the narrative potential of interfaces. She is an adjunct professor at Parsons MFA Design and Technology and previously a Researcher in Residence at NEW INC, and a Digital Solitude fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. She has mid-to-average combined student debt from an undergraduate as well as a master’s degree, with no health insurance, car, or house.

Katrina Reid is a performing artist based in Queens, NY. She’s had the pleasure to collaborate and perform in works by David Thomson, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, Jonathan Gonzalez, Third Rail Projects, and Megan Byrne. A 2016-17 Dancing While Black Fellow, her own work has been presented as part of AUNTS, the Current Sessions, Gibney Dance Double Plus series, Cocoon Theatre, Studio 26 Gallery, and BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Hellyn Teng is a musician, wearable technologist, and a Co-Founder and Creative Director at the fashion technology design studio, Wearable Media. She is a graduate from NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and currently a Member at NEW INC, the New Museum’s Cultural Incubator, supporting projects at the intersections of art, design, and technology. Her work explores ways we can engage with sound as an interactive media and through computational fashion technology. Her music projects are inspired by industrial soundscapes, discordant spaces, and metaphysical experiences, performed with analog and digital synthesis. The music is driven by ambient industrial sounds, layered with heavy melodic synths, and cavernous electronic drum patterns. Influenced by early 80s industrial and post punk music movements. She recently performed at the Basilica 24 Hour Drone festival under her solo project, The Less Effectives.

Madeline Wilcox was raised in flagstaff, arizona before relocating to brooklyn in 2011. she has identified as a dancer since the age of 9, and has spent her professional career consciously and subconsciously questioning her relationship to dance, to live performance, and to the assumed hierarchy of a director-performer dynamic. she is interested in living inside the role of director for the first time in an effort to expand her viewpoint, personally navigate her own uncharted performance mediums, and unpack past experiences. she is in her first year at hunter college working towards a masters in social work. she thanks the incomparable Pamela Liou for trusting her.

About Sunday Service
Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

Keijaun Thomas: My Last American Dollar


My Last American Dollar: Round 1. Tricking and Flipping Coins: Making Dollars Hit, Round 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat, Round 3. Whatchu Gonna Do: Marvelous like Marva
A performance by Keijaun Thomas

Free with RSVP
RSVP for Thursday, September 13 HERE
RSVP for Friday, September 14 HERE

Knockdown Center and Franklin Furnace are pleased to present the world premiere of My Last American Dollar: Round 1. Tricking and Flipping Coins: Making Dollars Hit; Round 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat; Round 3. Whatchu Gonna Do: Marvelous like Marva, a performance by artist Keijaun Thomas.

In this immersive solo work, Thomas interrogates and embodies resistance, asking: “How do we resist temptation, how do we slow down, how do we play, how do we survive?” Thomas traverses a multimedia installation that extends across Knockdown Center’s expansive main space, combining structural fragments of environments associated with labor, ritual, and hospitality such as locker rooms, strip clubs, waiting rooms, church pews, and field days. Investigating forms through which black and brown people hold space for each other, Thomas demonstrates how to carry the multiplicities of being young, gifted, and black.

Powerfully engaging with the entangled histories of labor, subjugation, and resistance, Thomas emphasizes the ways in which carrying multiplicities is complicated. In a passage from Round 2. Black Angels in the Infield: Dripping Faggot Sweat, she states:

“It is complicated. it is blurry. it is rooted and unrooted in my peoples history. my people being black people. it is difficult and hard, it is attached to my spine, it is connected to the middle passage of the Atlantic slave trade, it is in my blood, it is in the color of my shit in the toilet bowel, it is in the smell of my ancestors shit for weeks on end decaying, decaying on their chained bodies. it is crystal clear. it is as blue as water, it is as heavy as 1,000 black bodies being dumped into the ocean. it is dark. it is so peculiar. it is only felt as phantom pains, missing links, pedestals of display. it is the value of the auction block, it is the price of your coffee beans, your sugar and your tea leaves. your coffee beans, your sugar and your tea leaves. it is unforgiven and not speakable. it is unbelievable and thinkable. it is high yellow, red bone, caramel, chocolate. it is so black, it is blue. it is so black, it is blue. it is so fucking queer, it is so clear, it is so queer, it is detached and left for the faggots that can never be black men. it is detached and left for the faggots that can never be black men. it is fragile, it is as soft as cotton and hair weaves. as cotton and hair weaves. it is an open as the wounds on a slaves back. my ancestors backs. it is everything that i have ever known and resisted. it is everything that I have ever known and resisted. it is every piece of fabric and different colored paper with numerical value. it is the palms of my hands, my fathers hands, my brothers hands, my mothers hands, my sisters hands, my aunties hands, my cousins hands, my children’s hands. it is… complicated.”

Artist Bio
Keijaun Thomas is a New York based artist and current Franklin Furnace Fund Recipient for 2018. Thomas creates live performances and multimedia installations— her work investigates the histories, symbols, and images that construct notions of Black identity within Black personhood. Thomas earned their Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thomas has presented work nationally and internationally in Los Angeles and Palo, Alto, CA; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Chicago, IL; Saugatuck, MI; Steuben, WI; Boston and Cambridge, MA; New York, NY; Miami, FL; and Taipei, Taiwan; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Istanbul, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Saskatchewan and Vancouver, Canada; and the United Kingdom.

This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



Ski Mask the Slump God


with special guests Bandhunta Izzy, Danny Towers, and DJ Scheme

GA: $25 Advanced / $30 Day of Show


VIP Includes:

  • Official Ski Meets World Tour T-shirt
  • Exclusive to the tour Slump God Bandana
  • Slump God Towel
  • Signed Poster
  • Photo + Meet & Greet w Ski Mask the Slump God

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Bushwig 2018




America’s favorite queer festival returns to the Knockdown Center with 23 hours of non-stop drag performances musicians & Dj’s from the legendary children of New York and the world!

Close out summer 2018 in Bushwig’s magical playground featuring Two stages for drag, DJs and live music, BushSwag vendors area to buy dope fashion, delicious local food vendors, ice cold drinks from SIX+ bars, darkroom, friendly LGBTQ security & Free direct shuttle bus from the Jefferson L station to the venue!

Join the Bushwig family! This year the kiki is bigger and better than ever. Don’t miss it, early advance tickets are on sale now!

A special thank you to Lyft 💋



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