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If These Walls Could Talk
Celebrating the Life and Times of The Bottom Line

Host Paul Shaffer; Music Director Gregg Bendian

Featuring Sean Altman, David Bromberg (Fri only), Clint de Ganon, The GrooveBarbers, Nona Hendryx, Garland Jeffreys (Sat only), Christine Lavin (Sat only), Will LeeDarlene Love with Ula Hedwig and Curtis KingTerre Roche with Feifei Yang and Garry Dial (Fri only), Uptown Horns, Jimmy Vivino, and Willie Nile   

Join us for a multimedia celebration of The Bottom Line, featuring music and memories, songs and stories by a selection of artists who were regular performers at the iconic club.  Host Paul Shaffer with special guests will swap stories about their favorite times on stage, off stage and backstage and perform songs that made the club a destination for fans of all music genres.

As an additional infusion of nostalgia, three of the most prolific rock photographers of our time, Peter Cunningham, Bob Gruen and Ebet Roberts, will exhibit photographic prints that capture the rock n’ roll royalty that graced the stage at The Bottom Line in an exclusive pop-up photo gallery located outside The Schimmel Center’s auditorium. Cunningham, Gruen and Roberts, who also contributed images as part of the multimedia aspects of the two shows, will sell their prints and additional products at the impromptu gallery, alongside CDs from the evenings’ performers and from The Bottom Line Archive collection that showcase a wide variety of live musical performances recorded throughout the 30-year history of the nightclub’s legendary run.

From opening night on February 12, 1974, when headliner Dr. John jammed with Stevie Wonder and Johnny Winter in front of an audience that included Mick Jagger, Carly Simon, Bette Midler and an SRO crowd of entertainment industry luminaries, The Bottom Line was destined to be a cultural touchstone and hub of the music industry. For the next 30 years The Bottom Line influenced and impacted millions of music fans, providing a rich soundtrack to their lives that reflected the changing times.

These shows were put together by Allan Pepper, co-owner and creative force behind the Bottom Line. The Bottom Line was owned and operated by Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky for 30 years from 1974 to 2004.

Curated by Jessica Weitz, Danny Kapilian and Paul Guzzone; Conceived by Melanie Mintz

About the artists

Paul Shaffer (Host)

For 33 years Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick.

Paul began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto production of “Godspell.”  He played piano in “The Magic Show” on Broadway in 1974, then spent the next five years with the original “Saturday Night Live,” where he played keyboards, composed special musical material and, in 1980, became a featured performer.

His guest starring television appearances include “Ed”, “The Sopranos”,   “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, and “How I Met Your Mother”. Paul recently starred with Bill Murray in the Netflix original special “A Very Murray Christmas”, directed by Sophia Coppola.

In addition to recording his own albums, Coast to Coast (1989) and The World’s Most Dangerous Party (1993), Shaffer recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers.  He composed the LATE SHOW theme song and, with Paul Jabara, wrote the Number One ’80s dance hit “It’s Raining Men,” performed by the Weather Girls and re-recorded by Geri Halliwell for the “Bridget Jones’s Diary” soundtrack, topping the British pop charts in 2001.  In 2002, he received his first GRAMMY® Award, Best Country Instrumental, for the Earl Scruggs and Friends album.  He co-produced an avant-garde jazz album for his mentor, Tsziji Munoz, released on Dreyfus Records.

Shaffer holds two honorary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.  In 2008, Paul received the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honor.  He lives in the New York area with his wife and two children.



Box Office Information

Address: 3 Spruce Street, New York


Closed except for day of performance. For tickets via phone, call Ovation Tix at 866-811-4111

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