It's been almost 15 years since the 250-capacity Mercury Lounge opened on a dingy East Village block in New York City, offering new and interesting live music in a bar setting. Since then, owner Michael Swier — who also opened the neighborhood's beloved dive bar, 2A, 10 years before Mercury Lounge — has formed the independent live music booking group known as Bowery Presents. Under the management of Swier and his two business partners, John Moore and Jim Glancy, Bowery Presents owns and ...

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