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Zebulon Café Concert opened in 2004 and immediately became a center for the expansive Williamsburg music scene. With adventurous programming that ignores genres and borders, a rustic yet welcoming interior, and music-loving French proprietors, Zebulon offers something unique in a city filled with music venues. Guillaume Blestel and brothers Joce and Jef Soubiran forged a friendship that revolved around music, film and art and dreamed of creating a venue for the musicians and artists that they loved.

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Six years since they found a home for their vision, in a building on Wythe Ave, Zebulon serves as a hub for the musicians of Brooklyn; a place to perform, congregate, converse, dance and drink. The diverse crowd is comfortable amid the candle-lit café tables, eclectic sounds from the turntables, (selected by the musician bartenders or resident Djs) and the antique American décor with accents from Argentina and France. Music from around the world or just around the corner can be heard seven nights a week, and there is never a cover charge or a minimum. Instead, the Zebulon staff passes a basket, and the appreciative crowd gladly contributes for the opportunity to hear amazing artists in such an intimate setting.

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Our roots are in jazz, and we’ve hosted greats (Ravi Coltrane, Butch Morris, Kenny Wollesen, Marshall Allen, Daniel Carter, Cooper Moore, Charles Gayle, Billy Bang, Henry Grimes, John Tchicai etc.) along with the best of Brooklyn’s younger jazz crew (Ryan Sawyer, Stuart Bogie’s Superhuman Happiness, Colin Stetson, Peter Evans, Mostly Other People Do The Killing). Dave Sitek’s studio was just around the corner, which meant we had a steady stream of Brooklyn’s emerging bands coming through our doors. As we got to know our neighbors, our programming evolved to incorporate the best of the Brooklyn folk, experimental and rock scenes (TV on the Radio, Celebration, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Lucky Dragons, Bow Ribbons , Z’s, Skeletons, Francis and the Lights, etc.). We continue to strive to bring the best in danceable world music to our stage on the weekends.  Zebulon has become a home for international artists who reside in New York, and a destination for those on tour in North America.  (Vieux Farka Toure, Baye Kouyate, Janka Nabay, Khaira Arby, Forro in the Dark, Jovanotti etc.)

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Music is our passion, but we love to have a place where anything can happen. This is a place where the Dome Theater could create a spontaneous theater performance, where Jonas Mekas could film the first day of his 365 Day Project, and where Ira Cohen could celebrate his poetry and his 70th birthday. This is the place where Marshall Allen could celebrate his 81st birthday by playing until 3am with such intensity that his hand was bleeding. This is the place where Sir Richard Bishop came to give free performances every Monday in July. We exist to explore these possibilities, and we thank you for your support as we make them our reality.

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PRESS

“Only a few blocks from the art-school monoculture of Bedford Avenue, Zebulon Cafe Concert is a dark, glittering, entirely different world—an authentically bohemian boite better suited to the Boulevard St. Germaine.” New York Magazine

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“Zebulon is a great place in Williamsburg that really takes an experimental and eclectic approach to showcasing new music.” The Brazilian Girls

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“It was very nurturing and encouraging, In the most intimidating city for music I could possibly move to, I found a home at Zebulon. ” Sharon Van Etten

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“The crowd was robust, lively and engaged at a recent jazz gig in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and by the looks of it most people were in their early 20s to mid-30s — about the same age as the band members. It could have been almost any given night on the New York club scene, though you might not have had that impression, depending on your sources.” Nate Chinen, New York Times

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“Williamsburg is crawling with mediocre bars and music venues, but Zebulon smoothly rises above the din.” Not For Tourists

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“…on any given night the silent sidewalk will give way to the vibrant mingling of horns and percussion instruments, dancing out to the street from inside Zebulon.

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Sweeping aside the velvet curtain that hangs inside the doorway, helping to keep the winter air out, you emerge into a homey café where votive candles in glass holders flicker above the tabletops.” All About Jazz

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“It ‘s standing-room-only on a recent Sunday at the Williamsburg club Zebulon, and the place hushes instantly as Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten takes a seat behind the microphone and unleashes her tremendous voice, as warming as the crowded but not cramped room, which is candlelit and mirrored, with vinyl-sleeve visages—Coltrane, Blakey, Sun Ra, Fela—lining the walls like stained glass in a church.” The Village Voice