Founded by two immigrant business entrepreneurs, Drom’s mission is to celebrate cultural diversity in the performing arts field by providing a physical space for artists from around the world to present their music, art and creative experiments. We live by our motto, #DromIsHome.
From our nest in downtown Manhattan, we bring together a local and global community of like-minded individuals to share art and culture that transcend genre, class, race, and geography. Drom’s programs span diverse artistic forms including music, dance, theater, comedy and its stage is open to the next generation, as well as established performers.
From the Romani Gypsy language,“drom” translates into English as roughly “the journey.” When Turkish entrepreneurs Serdar Ilhan and Ekmel Anda opened the club in 2007, they hoped to create a meaningful hub for both artist’s and audience’s journeys reflecting the cultural diversity found in its programs.
Whether they are local or travel thousands of miles from other continents, Drom hosts showcase year-round to introduce new and undiscovered talent. Some of the esteemed performers who have graced the Drom stage include Grammy-winners Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy, Questlove, Gregory Porter and Hilary Hahn, as well as Camilla Cabello, Gloria Gaynor, Rakim, J Cole, Austin Mahone, Olly Murs, Ibrahim Maalouf, Marc Ribot, James Galway, Al di Meola, Brooklyn Funk Essentials and many more.
THE WALL ST. JOURNAL calls Drom, “New York’s premiere venue for world music.” We present over 500 performances annually in our standing room capacity of 300 people or cabaret style seated format of 150 people These include local, national and international performers in diverse genres from jazz and rock to electronic, soul & funk to hip-hop and world music.
“Drom is a haven for world music in a neighborhood packed with rock clubs.” – THE VILLAGE VOICE
“One of New York City’s focal points for global music, progressive jazz, funk, electronica — you name it.” – WNYC“This afro-Mediterranean club/bar brings welcome international flair to an otherwise mundane Alphabet City strip.” – NY MAGAZINE
“Among NYC venues, only Barbes ranks with these guys for diversity and consistent quality of the acts they book here.” – LUCID CULTURE
“Drom’s new home for the nomadic New Yorker” – NY PRESS