Our phone is: 212-641-0357 text only!

Email: astrochuck2@gmail.com

(or astrochuck@hotmail.com)


169 East Broadway, NYC, NY 10002-5543

Cross Streets: Rutgers St and East Broadway

(Essex & Canal street is close enough)


Take the F train to East Broadway exit, 1/2 block East to 169,or the B train to Grand & Christie, walk Grand Eastward to Essex then right and South to East Broadway.

Local Hotels: http://www.travelmag.com/articles/dive-bars-in-new-york/

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Charles Hanson Loves you and says welcome to my bar!

Originally from New Orleans, Charles came up to NYC in 1978 with the seminal NOLa Punk band "The Normals" as singer/guitarist/songwriter, after his band opened for the Ramones, Patty Smith, Iggy Pop, Link Wray, Robert Gordon, John Cale, Squeeze, B-52s, Talking Heads and finally the Police, where Ian Copeland (booking agent) Stuarts brother saw them and ask Mile Copeland (manager) again Stuarts bro to fly down to see them.


It was through Ian, Jim Fouratt and Iggy Pop/Ramones manager Danny Fields that shows were booked at CBGBs, Hurrahs, Max's Kansas City, Stone Pony, Pratt U and Maxwells. The bands music has recently been re-released and released for the first time, on Last Laugh Records out of Brooklyn.

Charles went on to form Phila 80's r&b/synth band "The Vels" as multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, and signed to Mercury/PolyGram Records. Two albums and multiple 12 inch dance singles were released, including a 11 week, number 39 Bill Board dance charter "Look My Way". A video for the song was filmed in London and received air play on MTV.

Working as a NYC club soundman for 25 years at such clubs as Lime Lite, Cat Club, CBGB, Marquee, Woody's, Beowulff & Pyramid. Charles was hired by Acid Jazz pioneer promoters Groove Academy as house engineer for their weekly "Giant Step" night, toured extensivley with Groove Collective, was the house mix engineer for Jamiroquai's first show in the US, the recording of "Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool" and house sound for many, many Jazz legends.

Charles took up semi-professional bicycle racing during the Lance Armstrong era, working as a bike messenger as training. After a roof deck messenger party, Charles was hit by a limo. While laid up with a broken knee and shoulder, the idea of becoming a proffesional DJ first crossed his mind and as soon as he could walk, this he did, with success. It was while working as a DJ at the 169 Bar that the opportunity arose to purchase the bar and with the insurance money from the limo hit, he made it happen!! The rest is history!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!