The Wick (and it’s sister venue, The Well) is spearheaded by veterans of the New York music scene, three former music executives at one of New York’s defining music venues, the Knitting Factory. The company CEO and Managing Partner, Joshua Richholt, has managed restaurants and venues over the past ten years. He began a decade ago, managing small but very influential rock/indie club Buffalo Bar in London and then super-club Manumission, in Ibiza, Spain, which was the largest club in the world at the time, with an indoor capacity of 7000. Upon his return to London, he managed a medium-sized club, 400 capacity, called The Tramshed. Following his move to New York City just over five years ago Joshua held a management position at Knitting Factory, working at the Tribeca location until it closed its doors at the end of 2008. The venture is spearheaded by two veterans of the New York music scene, Shay Vishawadia and Joshua Richholt, who are familiar with running multiple venues here and around the world.
The Wick fills a much-needed niche in the burgeoning Bushwick music scene, anchoring itself in the heart of the fast-developing community that is 260 Meserole Street. “The building is sort of a Mecca for musicians,” says Richholt. “If they want to rehearse overnight or have a studio session, they can go down to the recording studio. A touring band can come through here and not need to go anywhere else.”
Talent booker Chris White says, “New York is home to such an eclectic mix of music. Our goal for THE WICK is to create a place that will give people the best experience possible for whatever type of band is performing on any given night. Expect some of the best musicians from around the world in the fields of rock, experimental, punk, hip hop, metal, electronic and more.”