Brooklyn Lyceum

1.5 out of 5 stars
based on 2 Reviews
227 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 857-4816


jazz, opera

Paid via…

  • Lump sum?: No (1 vote)  
  • Cover?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Donations?: No (1 vote)  
  • No pay at all?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Free food?: No (2 votes)  
  • Free drinks?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Paid to play?: No (1 vote)  

Business practices

  • Musician-run?: No (1 vote)  
  • Rental fee?: No (1 vote)  
  • Books local acts?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Books out-of-town acts?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Promotes the acts it hires?: No (1 vote)  


  • Piano?: No (2 votes)  
  • Keyboard?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Drumset?: No (1 vote)  
  • Keyboard amp?: No (1 vote)  
  • Guitar amp?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Direct box?: No (1 vote)  
  • PA system?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Sound person?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  

The room

  • Stage?: No (2 votes)  
  • Backstage/Green Room?: No (2 votes)  
  • Space for dancing?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Primarily background music?: No (2 votes)  
  • Serves Food?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Liquor License?: No (2 votes)  
  • Capacity: 0-50 (1 vote)  50-300 (1 vote)  

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Reviews from musicians



21 Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars   


This is a large, multi-purpose building with a gym and community activities going on (art classes, etc). A gig here is exactly like what I imagine a gig at the YMCA would be like. There are some modest house amps (play it safe, bring your own). The money isn't worth mentioning. The only employee in sight runs the coffee counter, and he took it upon himself to offer me unsolicited advice in regard to how I should be releasing my recordings.

I have performed here at least four times, scattered over a period of five or six years. For the life of me, I can't figure out why they even bother with having live music, if for no other reason than they happen to be open anyway (for the gym and classes), so the level of investment on their part is minimal.

Do yourself a favor. Just rehearse at your practice space with your band.



18 Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars   


I played here recently and was quite disappointed. Without knowing anything about the payment for the gig (it appeared to be a cover situation), I can say that the lighting was terrible, the sound was mediocre at best, and the venue was not very professional in handling the sound check, etc. We were basically brightly light with fluorescent lights in the middle of a giant gymnasium. I think you can pull a curtain across the space, which would have helped somewhat.