NJ - Hoboken: Maxwell's
In the early 1980s after his family bought the former General Food's Maxwell House Coffee factory, Steve Fallon began booking bands into what had been the ground floor tavern's back dining room. At the time, Hoboken was a blue collar town and Fallon helped spark a wave of artist gentrification. It is said that his sister Anne and brother in law Mario offered the first successful Sunday brunch in Hoboken in the front restaurant.
When one of of the Fallon's siblings wanted to divest their interest in the business, R.E.M's Peter Buck bought out their piece to protect Maxwells standing as an music venue. Later Bob Mould, of Hüsker Dü and Sugar, bought out Buck's share for the same reason.
When Steve wanted out, he and his partners sold Maxwells to a group that attempted a conversion into a brewpub. Booker Todd Abramson, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley and Swingadelic's Dave Post arranged to bring Maxwell's back, and it re-opened on July 26, 1998.
Maxwell's was an important detination for the emerging Punk, Grunge and Indie Rock scenes. Bands like like R.E.M, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, Dinosuar Jr., The Minutement, Hole, the Afghan Whigs, Fugazi, Mudhoney and Sebadoh, just to name a few, have taken the tiny stage. The Hoboken-based Yo La Tengo sells out 8 nights every Hanukah. Parts of Bruce Springtsteen's Glory Days were filmed at Maxwell's in 1985. New Order played one of their first American concerts here.
Maxwell's spawned an independent (and since closed) record store, Pier Platters, the "Hoboken Sound" (see NYT article)and Fallon's own record label Coyote Records.