The magnificent Masonic Hall Grand Lodge was the dramatic setting for a dramatic event: the first Crowded House concert in New York since the legendary band reformed after more than a decade apart. The hall’s enormous, brightly painted pipe organ opened this special show celebrating the release of the band’s album, Time on Earth (ATO Records), for a crowd of long-time fans who traveled from as far as New Zealand to attend.
The magnificent Masonic Hall Grand Lodge was the dramatic setting for a dramatic event: the first Crowded House concert in New York since the legendary band reformed after more than a decade apart.
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One of the most beloved pop-rock bands of the ’80s and ’90s, Crowded House formed in Australia before achieving global success with their massive 1987 hit, “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” The group went on to produce five albums that won them a devoted following across the globe. Their first new alum since 1993, Time on Earth was released in 2007 (Parlophone/ATO Records). The band has since gone on to win numerous international awards and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
The motto of the Free & Accepted Masons is “friendship, morality, and brotherly love.” As early as the mid 1730s, Freemasonry was present in the American colony of New York. The Grand Lodge of New York was organized in 1782. The Masons’ main focus is on community service; they organize blood drives, volunteer at local schools, and run a Child ID program that reaches 15,000 children each year. Over a four-month period in 1986, the Grand Lodge Room, a 1200-seat meeting place in the Grand Lodge of New York dating to the early 1900s, was transformed into a colorful, eye-catching hall. Photography courtesy of Zachary Bako for Artists Den Entertainment