ON THE MAP; In Hoboken, Out Goes the Microbrewery, Back Comes the Music
August 30, 1998
The New York Times
New York, New York
Hoboken had begun to take Maxwell's for granted before it closed earlier this year. The nightclub had been a host to some of the greatest underground music of the last 20 years, including some groups who broke through to mainstream success, like Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins.
The empty club languished for months before its recent reopening, but its new ownership by a group that includes Todd Abramson, who managed the club for 11 years before leaving in 1997, is a sign that its stage is ready for a new generation of musicians.
Mr. Abramson recently spoke of the club's rebirth as he sat in its restaurant, checking for errors in the menu, which he wrote.
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Q. What is the best show you've had here?
A. There are so many, but my favorite has to be the Cowsills. They were a family who they had their own TV show in the late 60's. They also did milk commercials and had a hit with the theme from ''Hair.'' I wasn't really expecting anything from them, but it just wound up being a great night. The crowd loved it, and somebody even wheeled out a birthday cake for one of the brothers.
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