Just off the corner of Lafayette and Franklin in the Clinton Hill/Bed-Stuy neighborhood, you can find the unassuming entrance to C’mon Everybody, an intimate bar and music venue that often hosts two or more live shows per day.
When you enter through the front door, your first guess is that you’re in a small bar. A closer look will reveal the sleek double doors in the back with a guest list podium nearby. Just to the right of the double doors that lead to the show room, there’s an open entrance to a spillover lounge that’s attached to micro art-gallery with rotating month-long residencies by artists who either take their inspiration from music or are also musicians themselves.
The vibe in the bar is lowkey, an unpretentious, suburban Brooklyn chic, but the real magic happens through the double doors in the 125 max capacity show hall that sees upwards of a dozen acts per week.
Eric Sosa, one of the congenial co-proprietors, explained the inspiration behind the venue name, “The name is inspired from a lyric in a Chic song. I wanted the venue to have a name that was a call to action and had a sense of inclusiveness.”
As for what kind of music you can expect to discover at C’mon Everybody—well, it’s a little bit of everything. “Each night is pretty different here, and I think its that diversity that keeps people coming back,” Eric said. “And also the quality of programming.”
And quality is abounds. In addition to a consistently stacked lineup of musical acts that include the likes of Young People with Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem), Al Doyle (Hot Chip), and Jay Green (Late), C’mon Everybody also hosts tea dances, a story-telling evening, burlesque shows, and a monthly tribute show that will pay homage to Bob Dylan this month on March 14th.
Sam Gilliland, one of the other owners, recalled how the venue had planned a David Bowie tribute show for January 11, 2016—unbeknownst to them at the time, but that would be the day after Bowie passed away. Ticket sales to the event exploded after news of Bowie’s death broke, and the air was thick with a palpable, shared energy during the show while a full band played on, memorializing some of Bowie’s greatest and most memorable hits.
C’mon Everybody has only been open at 325 Franklin Avenue since June 2015, but they haven’t had any trouble filling their books with quality acts, boasting live music every single night of the week. “I wanted a venue where all walks of life could come together,” Eric went on. “And I really think we are achieving that.”
So do we.