History

Opened in 1999, Pete's Candy Store continues as Williamsburg's original live music venue. Featuring acts such as Will Oldham, Beth Orton, Devendra Barnhart and Norah Jones, this small venue and neighborhood tavern developed an early reputation for special shows and rare treats.

The storefront at 709 Lorimer Street in Brooklyn has been in operation since the 1920's, when the grandfather of the current building owners ran a local general store, known affectionately by the nickname Funzi's. By the 1970's, Funzi handed over the reigns to others, one of whom, Pete Caruso, named the spot Pete's Candy Store. By that time, the store had evolved into a sort of greasy spoon diner and neighborhood numbers joint. This same arrangement, later including some poker tables in the rear where the live music room now exists, continued well into the 1990's.

After the transition to bar and music venue, Pete's became a wider known neighborhood institution and an early "hipster hot spot". Beth Orton played the very first show at Pete's Candy Store. Some of the earliest musical residencies featured The Howard Fishman Quartet, Greg Garing and Matty Charles and the Valentines. Reverend Vince Anderson and his Love Choir were a Sunday fixture for several years. Norah Jones played frequent shows and continues to return for unannounced gigs.

While the list of noteworthy performers is quite lengthy, Pete's Candy Store has always been a free venue and has booked mostly unknown and unsigned bands, many of which have gone on to greater recognition.

Pete's continues as a local tavern and music venue with a far reaching reputation.

 

PETE'S PAST PERFORMERS

Beth Orton

Norah Jones

Will Oldham

Alec Ounsworth

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Joanna Newsom

Devendra Banhart

Akron Family

Richard Julian

Jesse Harris

Loudon Wainwright III

Rufus Wainwright

Martha Wainwright

Lucy Wainwright Roche

Sumner Erickson

Gerard Smith (TV On The Radio)

Dirty Projectors

O' Death

Sufjan Stevens

Jon Spencer

Marc Ribot

Deertick

The Felice Brothers

Valerie June

Doug Gillard

Last Town Chorus

John Roderick

Kaiser Cartel

Matty Charles

Hula

Chad King

Death Vessel

Ola Podrida

Jay May

Phoebe Hunt

Jeffrey Lewis

The Reverend Vince Anderson

Langhorne Slim

Regina Spektor

Dawn Landes

Caufield Sisters

The Chapin Sisters

Phosphorescent

Herman Dune

Marissa Nadler

Cory Chisel

Jill Sobule

Chris Masterson

The Teenage Prayers

Oh Land

Trixie Whitley

Eszter Balint

Greg Garing

Duncan Sheik

Gerry Leonard

Spooky Ghost

Juliana Nash

The Howard Fishman Quartet

Krystle Warren

Mattison

Lake Street Dive

The Gregory Brothers

Andrew Gregory

Hope For Agoldensummer

BJ Snowden

Bruce Martin