The Velvet Underground made their performing debut under that name here on December 11, 1965. The original lineup included Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker who all played together for the first time that night here.

As the second act of three, they played only three songs: “There She Goes Again”, “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin”. Historical notes at the time indicate that the band was not very well received as their music was “unconventional” at the very least.

After the performance, they earned a regular paying gig at the CafĂ© Bizarre, where they were “discovered” by Andy Warhol which helped them achieve an early reputation as a band with a future.

Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd.
Summit NJ 07901
908 918-2100