Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Spaceland Exits the Building

Here's the press release from Spaceland, the club that has served as the epicenter of the Silver Lake music scene since the 90s, announcing that it has parted ways with the venue (once known as "Dreams") that served as its home:

After 17 years of calling 1717 Silverlake Blvd home, Spaceland Productions the indie promoters who’ve booked some of the earliest shows for Beck, Weezer, Elliott Smith, White Stripes, Silversun Pickups, Foo Fighters, Arcade Fire and others – will be leaving the Silverlake venue which has become synonymous with the club night. The venue will now operate under the moniker of The Satellite and will have in house booking. Spaceland will have shows in the room through March, 2011 including a Melvins residency, the Los Angeles debuts of UK acts Vaccines and Yuck, and a dual Monday night residency in January with The Fling and Bell Brigade.

"It just reached a point where it was time for us to move on," says Mitchell Frank who started Spaceland as a weekly club night in 1993. "We've had some incredible musical moments here, people met, fell in love, started life-long friendships, but it's just time for a change."

Like the innovative music that Frank first booked, along with previous booker Jennifer Tefft and current bookers Liz Garo and Shannon Cornett, the prize has always been on what's next. Frank, along with business partner Jeff Ellermeyer will open a new room for live music with a strong leaning towards dance nights and djs.

In the past years, Spaceland has branched out to booking street festivals, co-producing events with radio stations and curating regular series for the Getty Center and the Natural History Museum. And in addition to Club Spaceland, Frank opened two rooms in Echo Park, the 300 capacity Echo in 2001 and the 700 capacity Echoplex in 2007 – both being part of the revitalization of that neighborhood.

Tefft is on board to book the new Satellite club in the same space.

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