Yes. The band, The Beets, played in a Catholic Church in Chinatown. St. James Church on James Street in the city was the venue for their rock concert last Friday the 15th with other bands like Real Estate, Beach Fossils, and others scheduled for that night. And yes, an open bar from 8-9pm.
Is this a new and upcoming trend for sacrilege? It seems that the church is now being marketed as a new venue for rock concerts. It is very sad and unfortunate that something like this would happen. Let us offer our prayers as repentance for this despicable act and hopefully actions will be taken in order to prevent this from happening again. Like what my good friend and brother in faith, Juan, had said, I too, felt so violated by what happened. Juan is a Catholic Young Adult leader in New York leading DHT, Defenders of the Holy Trinity. Please spread the word and ask for more prayers. Juan has a discussion thread here.
More pictures from the concert here.