the goodbye blue monday improvement initiative

we need your help to prepare gbm for the brightest days of every week of every year of the future, starting now
Katelyn Vandever
Small Business
brooklyn, New York
United States
1 Team Member

I lost count, the number of times that a band  finished playing at Goodbye Blue Monday and one of the members stepped off the stage and said to me in a shyly triumphant voice, "This was our first show EVER." 

This is music to my ears and I never got tired of hearing it. 

Hi. I'm Steve, creator of Goodbye Blue Monday.   I was asked to write this note.

In 2010, Al Heyman took over the management of this place and chose to keep with free, open-booking because he was amazed at the talent he saw whenever he came to see a show. 

He installed a kitchen, tap beer, a backyard deck and a bunch of other good things. 

He has since fallen victim to Hurricane Sandy when it struck in Long Beach, LI, which has made making further improvements here impossible.

If you're reading this, you probably know this place. Maybe you performed here or saw shows, or both. Maybe you had your first gig here. 

We need your help and here's why;

Since opening in 2005, Goodbye Blue Monday has observed an open-booking policy.

We book anyone brave enough to ascend the stage, something that doesn't happen in many venues in New York City anymore, save an open mic here and there.  

We've taken pride in being a portal into NYC for musicians, artists and performers from around the corner, around the country and around the world.

We've never taken a cut from the door (if there ever was one) and when the tip jar gets passed, we always kicked-in. 

We feed out-of-towners grilled-cheese sandwiches and PBR or good, strong coffee!

In organizing Goodbye Blue Monday this way, we've chose the path of most resistance, financially-speaking.

We've been staring at needed improvements and simply don't have the money for them. 

Air conditioning, a second bathroom and a renovated storefront top the list, among other things.

These are the big-ticket items right off.

1. - A new Air Conditioning/Heating system alone will cost approximately 20k.

2. - We've operated with one restroom since opening, and it's time for a change. We have to reconfigure that area and make two rest rooms out of it. It'll cost about 3k.

3. - A renovated storefront; building and installing an entirely new right-hand storefront and replacing the old, rusted pull-down gates, new foyer, doors and hall-floor, another 10k.


If you've been here on a crowded night in the summer the past seven years, you can easily appreciate the need for the first two items. 

We also want to build an analogue studio in the basement, keeping with the spirit of a room that harkens to the magnificent art of old technology. This could be started with money raised now and completed with the store's earnings. 


A Goodbye Blue Monday tee-shirt is as rare as  espadrilles at a tractor-pull.

There was one run of them in 2006 and none since.

Well, they're being printed, as well as tote bags, bumper stickers and whatever else seems to be a good idea!

GBM merch, music and CD's from our friends, bunches of brunches (by the month or year) will be made available, as well as original, one-of-a-kind art pieces donated by brilliant artists and performers, will be made available for your generosity.

Please, tell your friends! 




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  • $15USD

    One of the best bands on earth! (and i ain't kidding!) Capitol Punishment -

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  • $25USD
    the Debutante Hour - album 2

    "An Awkward Time with the Debutante Hour" -

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    SALLY, the band - CD album

    We Are in a Car/ - -

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  • $25USD
    Bushwick Book Club Vol. 1

    Bushwick Book Club Vol. 1 - music from the celebrated monthly show, now in its fifth year -

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    ALBUM 1 or 2 ALBUM 1 - Birth and Death of Meaning - OR THE DEBUTANTE HOUR - AN AWKWARD TIME WITH THE DEBUTANTE HOUR - please specify on order

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  • $30USD
    The Goodbye Blue Monday Tee

    Original Art on 100% cotton, in white, black or blue. Sizes: Boy's S, M (for boys, girls & women) Men's S, M, L, XL, XXL (for men and women)

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  • $30USD

    15" Cotton tote emblazoned with out wonderful logo in black, white and blue!

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  • $40USD

    Days and Nights - The second full-length album released by "Brooklyn's fishnet-clad femme fatale" (Bust Magazine) features 11 original songs by Sweet Soubrette's Ellia Bisker, described by the Deli Magazine as "one of New York's most intriguing songwriting forces." Each record comes with a printed sleeve with song lyrics as well as a download card for the full analog/digital experience.

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  • $60USD

    Hand-made plush dolls with movable joints - White Trash Dolls 15" inches tall- hand embroidered face- fully jointed and posable- featherweight-

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  • $125USD

    pick a gbm tee-shirt or tote, two CDs and have brunch-for-two on us! (the one with all you can drink beer, wine or mimosas) you can pick up your goodies when you come to eat (or we can mail them to you, your choice)

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  • $750USD

    A year of monthly brunches - 12 in all - for two people, with unlimited mimosas, beer or wine - even coffee!. Use them monthly, or anytime - twelve brunches for two! It includes the meal, beverages and the tax BUT NOT THE TIP - please be generous.

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