Sound engineer opens First Live coffee shop in Bushwick

Hit me with your best shot! Sound engineer opens coffee shop for music geeks

Coffee for all: Danny Garcia hopes First Live will be a place where everyone who loves music — so, everyone — will commune over some tasty espresso.
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A Bushwick sound engineer just opened a coffee shop aimed at music geeks, where industry pros and the people who love them can talk audio artistry over a killer espresso.

“We exist for the sole purpose of serving the music community through information — and through coffee and conversati­on,” said Danny Garcia, who named his newly-opened First Live coffee shop at Central Avenue and Stanhope Street after a guidebook to New York live music venues he recently released.

First Live is first and foremost a coffee shop, said Garcia, where a skilled crew of baristas pull shots from local roaster Gimme Coffee.

But he hopes it will also become a place where other members of the music community — engineers, producers, and artists — come to chat about their craft, and fans come talk about the bands they love.

Which is to say — anybody is welcome.

“I don’t know anyone who isn’t a fan of music,” said Garcia, who also manages recording studios — one at Williamsburg’s Knitting Factory and another on the distant island of Manhattan. “It’s literally for everybody.”

The venue is appropriately decked out with road cases serving as a counter and a killer stereo system, and will sell professional audio equipment alongside java and Dough doughnuts.

Garcia has also set up a mini studio at the back of the room, which will soon become the set for a live YouTube show where he will interview musicians, techies, and fans, discussing the industry from all angles.

First Live (219 Central Ave. at Stanhope Street in Bushwick).

Reach reporter Allegra Hobbs at or by calling (718) 260–8312.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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