There's a new player in town.
Slowdown will be booked by Knitting Factory Entertainment, according to Pollstar.
The concert industry magazine reported today that a deal was "inked." They didn't provide any further information.
It's not clear exactly what this means. Currently, shows at the venue are booked by 1% Productions and the venue itself, and they do a really good job.
So will Knitting Factory take over booking entirely? My guess is Knitting Factory's deal with Slowdown allows them to book shows there and they won't be the exclusive promoter.
What's more likely is they'll book Slowdown as part of a "package" with its other venues. If an artist goes on tour, they'll book a segment of its tour through Knitting Factory at most or all of its venues, including Slowdown.
This sort of thing happens all the time with promoters. It's how a lot of big acts from Lollapalooza end up at Stir Cove. They're both booked by C3 Presents.
The Knitting Factory was opened in Manhattan in 1987. The venue relocated to Brooklyn in 2008, and there are other locations in Boise, Idaho; Reno, Nevada; and Spokane, Washington.
I'll keep this story updated as I find out more information.