Photo by James Dechert
This is old news by now for clued-in community members, but the DIY venue known as the Space (with the necessary addendum "located above Anthony's Pizza") officially ceased operating as a venue over Fourth of July weekend. Now's a good time to delicately recall the vital service the venue played (while functioning in its ever-quirky and outside-the-box ways) as an alternative venue with a less complicated calendar than official venues. But that drily discounts the tender feelings the Space conjured (like a big sweaty hug from a lovable lug), so I'd like to specifically add these thanks to the Space and its holders. Thanks for ...
- giving new bands a place to press pedals for the first time
- breaking barriers between audience and artist
- inviting rad out-of-town bands for surprise shows
- opening doors for weirdo concepts and art shows that would not have been welcomed elsewhere
- providing a safe space where people could positively comment on what's wrong in this world (and trying to change it)
- being something right in this world
The loss of the Space will be mourned for likely longer than the venue's short-spanned life, but the beautiful minds who sought to inhabit it during that time will assuredly find new environments to continue the positive momentum the Space drummed up for local artists (and plenty of folks trying to figure out how they fit in, too).