HUNTINGTON VILLAGE, New York, August 21
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
The Paramount has again stepped up to the national stage.
In the latest issue of New York-based “Billboard Magazine,” the downtown Huntington venue was named the No. 23 most popular music club in the United States, based on attendance numbers from May 1, 2013-April 30, 2014.
One of The Paramount’s co-owners, Brian Doyle was “very pleased” that the club – which has featured internationally known artists like Billy Joel, Ed Sheeran and Weezer – was ranked on a list with “some of the most famous clubs in the world.”
According to the article, at 127,730 attendees, The Paramount came in ahead of both Stage AE in Pittsburgh, Penn. (124,013) and Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas (116,582) in a list that contained 25 different clubs all across America. At No. 23, the stage that sits on New York Avenue was a little more than 200,000 tickets short of top-ranked, and 17-year-old venue, Orlando, Fla., House of Blues.
But at just 3 years old, The Paramount is comparatively just in its infancy, and Doyle expects it to continue growing.
“While No. 23 is nice, we do not plan to rest on our laurels and will keep working until we are No. 1,” Doyle said.
With Billboard not being the sole publication taking note of The Paramount, Doyle might be on to something. Last year, The Paramount was also recognized by Pollstar Magazine – a concert tour industry trade magazine based in California – as one of the 25 highest attended clubs in the world.
“We want to thank Long Island music fans for their support,” Stephen Ubertini, another co-owner of The Paramount, said. “[We] look forward to bringing even more amazing acts to our venue in the coming months and years.”
Tomorrow, The Paramount welcomes Ohio rock band Guided By Voices to the stage. Other major bands like Cheap Trick, Limp Bizkit and The Kooks are set to visit in the coming months.
Originally published: Long Islander News: The Long Islander (Thursday, August 21, 2014; A16)