Why Was The Space Important?

It’s been a few weeks since The Space closed its doors. It was weird. One second we were putting on our first show at The Space, and in what seemed to be a blink of the eye, it was gone. I didn’t feel the shock. The Space closing didn’t really seem to surprise anyone, and I think that’s because we had been expecting the fall for so long. Back in December, I remember hearing rumors that The Space wasn’t going to be around much longer. And more and more, it seemed that Meg McNash – The Space’s de facto booker – was fighting to keep the blood pumping. And she should be proud. Orlando should be proud. The Space was never meant to be The Social or Backbooth. It wasn’t, or at least didn’t feel like, a venue. The Space was more of a creative celebration or a social experiment, meant to see what Orlando was capable of.

“So they burned it down, so build another one. Don’t go on to me that they burned it down, BUILD ANOTHER ONE. YOU’RE THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE GONNA DO IT!”

– Patti Smith

After a extended stay in denial, this Patti Smith quote, delivered by local spoken-word artist Young Moon, pushed me directly to acceptance. The excerpt is from a piece he read at the final edition of Speakeasy, a monthly poetry and spoken-word night at Will’s Pub that ran for over 13 years. In a city where bars and venues close down so suddenly, how could this line not resonate? Because avenues of expression may die, but as long as we keep pushing, the creativity within the community will continue to thrive. We should remember The Space for what it was, what it meant to everyone who visited. To some, it was a hot as shit venue. I, in a previous article titled “Why is The Space Important?,” more lovingly described it as, “… a prime location to witness Orlando’s growing cultural impact” and, “[An] artistic mecca home to a variety of celebrations and group expression.”

But I agree, it was hot as shit. And we didn’t care. Some of my best memories since moving to Orlando were at The Space: my best friend crowd surfing during a packed Me Chinese set, seeing Tiger Fawn for the first time at SPACE FEST 2, putting on my first show with all my friends! The Space was great. It left its mark on me. And I know everyone reading this right now has stories like mine. You’re marked too. And hopefully, you’ll want to keep this artistic community alive by starting your own iteration of The Space or supporting local venues like The Space Station, Uncle Lou’s, or Will’s Pub. So thank you to The Space, Meg, and the entire Orlando community. The Space will always be the place.

“The idea of a place for us to teach in, to rehearse and play in that is kept afloat based on the efforts of the community is such a next-level, foreign concept for us. Maybe this is our chance to evolve as a unit and directly support each other’s passions and art forms.”

– Addison Muha (Orlando Singer-Songwriter) 

Watch Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser Shred The Space (New Cassette Out Now!)

Today is special. Today is the day that The Vinyl Warhol hosts its first-ever guest contributor. The man I am referencing is the insanely talented Christopher Garcia. For years, Christopher has been capturing local and non-local artists throughout Florida, and he is just as dedicated to developing the Orlando music community as I am. It’s awesome having Christopher working with us, and hopefully this won’t be a one-off appearance. If you’d like to check out his other work, head over to his photography Tumblr. Enjoy.

Boston-grown record label BUFU Records is the best thing to unfold as we roll into 2015. BUFU describes itself as a “Boston-based label that puts community first, BUFU Records has done our best to give local bands and music fans alike a place to come together and rock out.” They started the year off by bringing BUFU Fest to Miami with Boston heroes Free Pizza, Gods Dogs, and a new favorite, Ben Katzmann’s DeGreaser. BUFU Fest was the beginning of the Spread the Shred tour 2015 with special guests: Colleen Green, Ben Katzman’s Degreaser, and Miami’s The Jellyfish Brothers.

During the FL/GA tour’s stop at The Space, Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser hinted at a new album in collaboration with Portland-based tape label, Gnar Tapes. Now in February, Rok N Rol Community College has dropped as a declaration to the power of the shred. Each song shredding heavier and harder with a clear ode to the old school, but with an energy that is revitalizing DIY Rock n Roll. Check it out for yourself here and be sure to pick up the cassette on their Bandcamp!!

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Dromes – “If It’s Alright”

Last night was SPACE FEST 2, an evening perfectly surreal in all the best ways. The combination of genres, art forms, and people in attendance made for an amazing event to witness. Together, Orlando raised $3,000 for The Space, a huge contribution to keeping this institution alive. Good work people, continue fighting.

One artist that graced the floor was Chandler Strang, performing under his funky fresh moniker, Dromes. Last week, he dropped “If It’s Alright.” This track confirms the “funky fresh” description with spirited piano lines and light – can I say sexy? – vocals. The chorus has these snappy guitar melodies that I swear could leave Nile Rodgers excited. After a few listens of this gem, your lazy Sunday will start feeling more like Saturday night. Enjoy.

Read Dromes thoughts on the significance of The Space in Why is The Space Important?

Why Is The Space Important?

On any given night, 1206 E. Colonial Dr. is a prime location to witness Orlando’s growing cultural impact. This artistic mecca is home to a variety of celebrations and group expression; punk shows, acoustic nights, yoga classes, poetry readings, and late-night ragers have all found a place in its continuously open door. The paradise I’m referring to is Orlando’s most cherished DIY venue, The Space. Since its inception, The Space has provided an outlet where anyone living in, or simply passing through, the Orlando community can hold a public or private event for a flexible, donation-based rental rate.

The idea of a place for us to teach in, to rehearse and play in that is kept afloat based on the efforts of the community is such a next-level, foreign concept for us. Maybe this is our chance to evolve as a unit and directly support each other’s passions and art forms.

– Addison Muha (Fiery Guitarist, Singer-Songwriter) 

But, providing such a platform isn’t cheap. The Space continuously struggles to make rent and relies on the surrounding community to keep it afloat. This Saturday, Space Fest 2, a fundraising event featuring music, art, and tarot card readings, will raise money to help keep this dream a reality. Admission is $10, and every cent is going directly to The Space. In preparation for the event, I asked some of Saturday’s performers to give me their thoughts on one question: “Why is The Space important?” In my opinion, if we let The Space die, we are closer letting the Orlando music and art community fade away as well. Don’t let Mickey Mouse win. Enjoy.

I live in a city where we lost all of our venues that allow smaller, local bands to play, and because of that, our music scene has basically died out. Of course that would never happen to Orlando, but you guys can’t let the venues with such a good reputation as The Space die out. We all know how sad it was to see The Peacock Room go.

– Russell Nylen (Tiger Fawn Avant-Percussionist)

Visit thespaceistheplace.com for upcoming events!

The Space is great asset to local music, as it enables and encourages community more than a regular venue would. It feels like our thing and a lot of people take pride in it.

– Dromes (Electro-pop Guru)

There is no other way to describe the importance of The Space other than using the word HOME. Home is wherever you can be you. Home is where you create your greatest memories with the greatest people you can encounter. Home doesn’t have to have the best of anything, as long as you make the best out of everything. The Space gives people a home who don’t have one. If you need a place to be free, and be yourself, The Space is the place to be.

TKO (O-town Hip Hop Heavyweight) 

DIY venues give local communities the ability to express their own unique brand/culture of weird; The Space embraces that mentality. But with that freedom comes the responsibility of preserving both the credibility and the physical condition of that place … Having something like The Space is a privilege, not a right. If it is treated as such, then we believe Orlando can further cultivate a community of creativity that will blow minds.

– Dani Lacerda (Tiger Fawn Vocalist) 

[The Space] is a direct reflection of the community. How it’s doing, how it’s run, the shows that happen there, are all representative of how the music community (to be honest, how the entire artistic community) as a whole is doing … If The Space needs help, that’s a reflection of the music community.

ARK (Multimedia Artist and Multi-Instrumentalist) 

Wet Nurse – “Belly Hurts” (Live @ The Space)

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What makes your belly hurt? My belly hurts because I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (yup). It seems the ladies of Wet Nurse also suffer from IBS, as their stomach pain erupts from a variety of sources. In my experience, I find rock n’ roll is the best medicine for a stomach ache.

That’s the exact cure I found two Saturdays ago at Polylust Burlesque’s Gender Bender Homecumming Fundraiser (that my friends, is called a segway). The night was bonkers. Great performances by Wet Nurse, The Areolas, Luscious Lisa, and the Polylust troop. This video is from said event and captures a currently unreleased, but I believe already recorded, song. They’re cookin’ up something, and I want to know about it. Experience more of the night at the holy David Wilcox’s YouTube Channel. Enjoy.

Also, you may notice a cameo appearance from both me and TVW’s OG Photographer, Karina. Cause we coo’.