The Stone (music space)

For other uses, see The Stone (disambiguation).
Percy Jones and Stephen Moses at the Stone

The Stone is a not-for-profit experimental music performance space located in the Alphabet City neighborhood in New York City. It was founded in April 2005 by John Zorn, who serves as the artistic director.


The Stone is situated on the Northwest corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street, in a building which used to be the Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant. Residential apartments are located above The Stone in the same building, though residents enter the building through a separate door along Avenue C. The only signage visible is the wording The Stone in small gold lettering painted on the door which is visible after the metal security gate is rolled up a few hours before each performance.

Admission and administration

Unlike most musical venues in the area, The Stone does not serve food or drinks. Dancing is also not permitted, as The Stone does not have a cabaret license. All door revenues from the admission cost are given directly to the performers. The club supports itself with donations, benefit concerts, and sales of limited edition CDs. The CD series includes performers such as Mike Patton, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Bill Laswell, Medeski, Martin and Wood and John Zorn himself.

From April 2005 to March 2013 The Stone was booked on a curatorial basis. Every month, a different guest curator was chosen to book performances. As a result, a wide variety of musical styles have been seen in the space, although the vast majority of performers can be considered part of the experimental music or avant-garde scene. Beginning April 2013 The Stone suspended the curator series to present a variety of distinguished cutting-edge artists in week-long Stone Residencies, performing their own work 6 nights a week, two sets a night.


The Stone provides very sparse amenities, as there are no refreshments or commercial products served at the space. There is typically no more than one door volunteer present each night, whose only duties include collecting door fees, keeping the area tidy, and aiding the performers. The space's walls are white, and the floor is painted black, in order to maintain an aesthetic lacking flashiness. The audience sits on black folding chairs that match the floor. The bathroom, located behind the area where performers are often situated, is not permitted for use during concerts. John Zorn is intent on keeping the space as neutral as possible, in order to provide no distractions during the musical performance. Regulars at the venue argue that the lack of amenities lets the audience focus on the music better, with fewer distractions.

Past performers at the Stone

Coordinates: 40°43′16.31″N 73°58′51.89″W / 40.7211972°N 73.9810806°W / 40.7211972; -73.9810806

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