Located at 156 Rivington Street in New York City’s Lower East Side, ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists/activist for a community where people can share culture, resources, ideas to impact society; they have stayed true to this even today.


Once a week ABC No Rio has series of experimental and improvisational music called COMA (citizens ontological music agenda) almost every Sunday at 7pm.

ABC has been providing a Saturday Matinee show since the 1980’s all age shows dedicated to independent punk and hardcore. The 3pm-7pm matinee shows average price is an affordable $7.


For booking they ask that you mail in a practice/recording/demo through “regular mail in an envelope”; the one thing they are strict on is that they DO NOT book any sexist racist or homophobic bands, and ask that you send a copy of the lyrics along with the demo. Hardcore is a scene that has a lot of trouble booking shows, due to the sometimes messy crowd dancing that goes on; none the less ABC No Rio give the space to let these artists express themselves.

ABC No Rio also provides a computer center, a darkroom, a silk screen printing facility and a zine library at free to very modest prices.

nyc_photo_blog_nat_ma-17It is great that a space like this is still around in Manhattan to help artist and activist perform, discover, and create freely.

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