Spike’s sounds

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Spike Hill, the tavern sitting on the corner of Bedford Avenue and North Seventh Street in Williamsburg, is a neighborhood favorite for a beer or burger, but starting Oct. 25, something new was added to the menu: live local bands. And with its musician-heavy clientele, Spike Hill is already a breeding ground for local talent.

“The bar has been open for years,” said Zack Dinerstein, a talent booker at the venue, “but we’re trying to give local musicians a leg up, and that’s where the showcase will come in.”

The showcase, a bi-monthly concert that will feature 12 bands — playing everything from ballads to electronica — is designed to expose unsigned talent to music industry insiders, as well as to the crowds that stream past the venue every night.

“The biggest draw for the club is its location,” said Dinerstein. “Our doors open to the street, so people walking by hear the music and then come in.”

Artists at the showcase, like singer-songwriter Drew Nix (pictured) and keyboard diva Claire Wadsworth, were among those hoping that playing a set at Spike Hill will pay off. But, according to Dinerstein, the crowds are just as excited.

“There are a ton of musicians in Brooklyn,” he said, “and there are also tons of people who want to come out and see them play. It makes this really easy.”

The Artist Showcase will be held bimonthly at at Spike Hill (184 Bedford Ave. at North Seventh Street in Williamsburg). Free. For information, call (718) 218-9737 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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