Communion is a monthly music night that was started in London in 2006 by Ben Lovett, Kevin Jones and Ian Grimble. After 5 years of offering their unique and pivotal music showcases to the UK, they brought Communion to the States in early 2010.
I was lucky enough to have been there for all of those early showcases at Brooklyn's Public Assembly, always with my camera in hand. Many new favorites were discovered and friendships made these last 3 years at Communion New York.
Some of those early shows were played to half empty rooms, but it never made it any less special. Sometimes I felt like I was a part of this amazing secret society the rest of NYC wasn't allowed into. I pitied the rest of NYC...
A couple of years and venue changes later, even the most jaded of my fellow New Yorkers are taking note of Communion's "buzz". Gone are the days of half empty rooms. In fact, these days Communion packs 3 rooms simultaneously each month at Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side. Friends suddenly want to know more about this magical Communion that I've spoken about for years.
A couple of weeks ago amidst the crushing crowd waiting for Tennis to take the stage at Communion's November show, I had a moment that made me sad. I thought to myself, the Communion I'd fallen in love with, the small secret society was over. However, I soon realized that I was now a part of something much bigger, something that's changing the way we listen to music and create connections.