“‘Wetlands Preserved,’ a documentary chronicling celebrated downtown New York rock club the Wetlands Preserve, will make its official debut Sunday (April 23) at a screening at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater. The screening will serve as the finale to the inaugural Green Apple Music Festival.
Opened in 1989 and closed prematurely due to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the club is considered by many to have been the birthplace of the modern-day jam band scene. The venue also hosted early New York concerts — and in some cases the first Gotham shows — from Rage Against The Machine, Oasis and Pearl Jam.
Directed by Relix Magazine senior editor Dean Budnick, “Wetlands Preserved” explores the club’s legend through accounts of musicians, staffers and fans. In addition to the Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Phish and Pearl Jam, the film also features songs from such artists as Ani DiFranco, Sublime, Ben Harper, moe., Robert Randolph and Michael Franti & Spearhead.”