Four shows celebrate legendary Max's Kansas City

maxsMax’s Kansas City was one of the legendary New York City scenes of the 1970s, home to Andy Warhol’s crew and a musical stamping ground for the Velvet Underground, Heartbreakers, Iggy & the Stooges and countless others.

It’s the club where Iggy met David Bowie and had his career fortunes revived, Debbie Harry waited on tables, Patti Smith went star-spotting and the Lou Reed era Velvets played their final shows.   

Former Max’s promoter Peter Crowley is hosting a 50th anniversary round of shows from June 4-8 and the line-ups feature some of the best that what’s left of the old-school NYC underground scene.

The original Max’s (213 Park Avenue South) is long gone so The Bowery Electric is the venue for a four-night stand with the final two evenings’ after-parties being hosted at Arlene’s Grocery.

A Jayne County tribute act that includes players who have backed her headlines the June 4 show with a bill that includes remnants of Eric Emerson’s Magic Tramps and the Sic Fucks.

Walter Lure’s post-Heartbreakers outfit, The Waldos, close out June 5, supported by a bill that includes specially reformed Testors, the swaggering New York Junk and Luigi and the Wiseguys, featuring Thunders sideman Luigi Scorcia.

Pure Hell heads the June 6 line-up and the final night’s bill is topped by Nelson Slater and includes Mickey Leigh’s band The Rattlers.

Facebook events, ticketing links are here.

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  • I find it curious that there is never any mention of Silver Apples playing the upstairs at Max's, when in fact Silver Apples were the FIRST band to play there, and for the first year, the only band Mickey would allow to play there in spite of urgings from those to follow. We played for the better part of a year- sort of the "house band".

    from Fairhope, AL, USA
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  • Oh, Max’s Kansas City is a special place even for my granny!

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