by Mabel Suen
The Luminary (2701 Cherokee Street) arts incubator and 300-plus capacity music venue now has the first round of shows booked for its new space set to open on May 17. The 2014 line-up so far features Sylvan Esso, Hercules & Love Affair, and Fucked Up with WEED.
"All three shows that we've announced thus far are bands with vision and technical ability," says the Luminary's event manager, Liz Deichmann. "They have the kind of undeniable energy that makes you want to move. Also, all three are releasing new albums within the month and will be touring on new material when they play here which is always super exciting."
For an idea of what Toronto's Fucked Up looks like live, check out this excerpt from writer Diana Benanti's review of its 2011 show in St. Louis:
"Except for the occasional scrowl (screech+howl) or punk yell, Damien's vocals were all but inaudible over the concrete wall of sound. Not that there's anything wrong with that; the band kept the energy relentless. But the majority screamed along lyric for lyric, whenever Abraham shoved a mic in someone's face they joyously screamed the words for him. The newer stuff like the catchy 'A Little Death' wasn't met with as much zeal as the more hardcore songs like closers 'Police' and 'Son the Father.' You could tell what was old and what was new by how many people were crowd surfing at any given moment. Still, it was impossible not to have the time of your life, and dammit, we did."
The Luminary's 17,000-square-foot space was a former theater and features a vaulted ceiling, dynamic acoustics and plans for a full-service bar. The open span design presents concerts in a gallery setting.
"I feel fortunate in that I get to build on the Luminary's awesome history of presenting fascinating artists in a way that really resonates with audiences," says Deichmann. "After revisiting past shows, I realized that I wanted to think about booking in terms of curating because it really speaks to the unique position of the Luminary as a nontraditional music venue as well as incubator for new ideas in the arts. It helps me think of shows in the larger context of the art and events the Luminary offers as well as encourages experimenting with new ways of how music is presented and experienced here."
"I want to be a part of building long term, meaningful relationships between artists, audience and the Luminary," she continues. "I want to find out how best we can all work together to create new, special music experiences in nontraditional ways."
Deichmann estimates that the venue will book eighteen to twenty shows for 2014. Click the following links for ticketing information on its line-up so far. The Luminary also offers a 2014 concert series subscription for $150, good for admission to all its concerts this year. Find more info on that here, available until June 11.
Check out videos of the announced bands/artists below.
Hercules & Love Affair
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