A Tribute to Historic Club: The Bottom Line, Hosted by Paul Shaffer

On Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct.14, at 7:30 p.m. the Schimmel Center presents two evenings paying tribute to the iconic club The Bottom LineIf These Walls Could Talk: Celebrating the Life and Times of The Bottom Line is a multimedia celebration of music and memories, featuring songs, stories, audio clips, and photos from a diverse group of artists who performed regularly at the legendary music venue at 15 West 4th Street.

Featured artists include Sean AltmanDavid Bromberg (Friday only), Marshall ChapmanClint de GanonThe GrooveBarbersGarland Jeffreys (Saturday only), David JohansenChristine Lavin (Saturday only), Will LeeDarlene Love with Ula Hedwig and Curtis KingTerre Roche with Feifei Yang and Garry Dial (Friday only), Uptown Horns, and Jimmy Vivino, sharing personal stories about their favorite times on-stage and backstage, together with performances of songs performed at the iconic club. The tribute events are hosted by Bottom Line regular Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick of 30 years, who accompanied accompanied many performers at The Bottom Line including McCoy Tyner and Tower of Power, and played the role of Phil Spector in the original Bottom Line production of Leader of the Pack.

Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Sean Altman, David Bromberg, Marshall Chapman, Clint de Ganon, The GrooveBarbers, David Johansen, Will Lee, Darlene Love with Ula Hedwig and Curtis King, Terre Roche with Feifei Yang and Garry Dial, Uptown Horns, and Jimmy Vivino

Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Sean Altman, Marshall Chapman, Clint de Ganon, The GrooveBarbers, Garland Jeffreys, David Johansen, Christine Lavin, Will Lee, Darlene Love with Ula Hedwig and Curtis King, Uptown Horns, and Jimmy Vivino


In operation from 1974-2004 and owned by Pepper and Stanley Snadowsky, The Bottom Line served as a cultural hub for the music industry. Highlights of the club’s history include its opening night when headliner Dr. John jammed with Stevie Wonder and Johnny Winter in front of an audience that included Mick Jagger, Carly Simon, Bette Midler and an SRO crowd of entertainment industry luminaries; Bruce Springsteen’s showcase gigs at the club; Lou Reed recording the album Live: Take No Prisoners on-site; and Harry Chapin’s 2000th concert in 1981. Among the thousands who performed on its stage were Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, The Police, Billy Joel, Patti Smith, Hall & Oates, Prince, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Betty Carter, Ravi Shankar, the Ramones, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Charles Mingus, Neil Sedaka, Al Kooper, Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Cheech & Chong, Sam & Dave, Southside Johnny, John Cale, Laura Nyro, and many more.