Wetlands Preserved:: The Story of An Activist Rock Club

Wetlands Preserved:: The Story of An Activist Rock Club is out today, telling the tales of one of NYC’s most memorable live spots. People still speak of the time they first encountered The Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Phish or Pearl Jam at the legendary New York City rock club. Others never visited, but have seen the signature Wetlands bus in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or have listened to the celebrated live recordings that originated from the club’s intimate stage. Yet while the Wetlands legend and legacy endures, a full account of its rich history remains untold. Even those who have a familiarity with the venue know only a fraction of the story. Prior to the opening of Wetlands Preserve in February 1989 as a self-styled “Eco-Saloon,” the nightclub was already an anomaly. By the time it had closed in September 2001, it had become an archetype as well. Vintage footage, original recordings and new digital animation tell the story of the celebrated nightclub in Tribeca New York. It traces the history of this venue and its denizens as they find their way, ultimately thriving as an independent nightclub that supports new music and providing a nurturing proving ground for talent, many of whom appear in the film. The Sundance Film Channel will begin showing this film in July for the next 30 months.

Featured Interviews:
Bob Weir, Dave Matthews, Blues Traveler, ?uestlove (The Roots), Mike
Gordon (Phish), Nick Hexum (311), Robert Randolph, Warren Haynes (Allman
Brothers Band), Mike Doughty, Hanson, John Medeski (Medeski Martin &
Wood), Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish), Ryan Miller (Guster), Al
Schnier and Rob Derhak (moe.), Marc Brownstein and Jon Gutwillig (Disco
Biscuits), Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno (Soulive), Vinnie Stigma (Agnostic
Front), Jimmy G (Murphy’s Law), Michael Musto, Richard Gehr, Kenneth Jackson

Music Featured in the Film:
Agnostic Front, Ani Difranco, Ben Harper, Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews
Band, The Disco Biscuits, Fishbone, Frogwings, Joan Osborne, moe., Pearl
Jam, Phish, Project Logic, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Spearhead,
Spin Doctors, Sublime, 311


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