In the Romani Gypsy language,“drom” means road or, more poetically, “the journey.” When Serdar Ilhan and Ekmel Anda opened the club The Wall Street Journal calls “New York’s premiere venue for world music” in the Lower East Side in 2007, they hoped that the performance venue would provide a meaningful hub for both artist’s and audience’s journeys.
From jazz and rock to electronic, soul & funk to hip-hop and international music Drom today stands tall as a beacon of diverse music in the East Village. Drom accommodates up to 350 people in its main room and has a wide and eclectic selection of music programming throughout the week. The venue also features a bar, kitchen and lounge area. 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 Rakim, J Cole, Austin Mahone, Olly Murs, Ibrahim Maalouf, Marc Ribot, Bilal, Sir James Galway, Al di Meola, Dave Weckl, Terrence Howard, Brooklyn Funk Essentials and many more. Drom hosts the annual NY Gypsy Festival, and many artist showcases during conferences in NY including APAP, LAMC and Mondo.NYC.