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SOB's is a live world music venue and restaurant in the Hudson Square neighborhood of Manhattan. S.O.B.’s is an abbreviation of Sounds of Brazil. Larry Gold started SOBs in June 1982, and he currently still owns the space. Gold opened the venue with the purpose of exposing the music of the Afro-Latino Diaspora to as many people as possible. It has a standing capacity of 450, and a seating capacity of 160.
In its early days, SOBs existed on a barren stretch at the corner of Varick Street and Houston Street, just above the Houston Street subway station. The area, now known as Hudson Square, soon became trendy due to its proximity to the SoHo neighborhood. The venue's reputation began to grow with performances from Latin legends like Tito Puente, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz and Eddie Palmieri. Brazilian artists including Seu Jorge, Ben Jorge, and Astrud Gilberto have performed at the venue, as well as more contemporary artists such as Isaac Delgado, Orquesta Aragon, Los Papines, Manolito Simonet, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, and Los Van Van.
SOB's (Sounds of Brazil) Reviews
Made reservations to see Salsa from Puerto Rico, Charlie Donato y Su Son Ideal... I'm a huge fan of SOB's, since the late 80's... Always a great venue for music in general of all types, but they... more »
My favorite venue in the city, there is a great sense of community and culture here. I have seen three concerts here and I have never been disappointed.
The best place in terms of security. The food is excellent, it's about having a good time. Number 1 in terms of meeting place in town, always an unforgettable moment.
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