Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Folk and Punk Rock Compliment Art at Bobby Fisher Building in Bloomingdale-Eckington

At around 9:30 p.m. last night I happened to be walking by the the Bobby Fisher Memorial Building (1644 N. Capitol Street N.W.) and noticed that the place was abuzz. Another underground anarchist art exhibit? Turns out it was a pre-opening event.

According to John, painting this exhibit shown here, there will be an art exhibit this Wednesday from 8 p.m. to midnight, plus several bands will be performing. If last night's pre-event is any indication, stopp
ing by Wednesday will be worthwhile.

As I walked in, Matty Pop Chart was finishing up his last two songs, which gave off Paul Simon vibes, although I am told his music is primarily classified as indie pop.

Around 10:15 p.m., the Max Levine Ensemble (website here and Wikipedia entry here) took the stage (okay, so there wasn't really a stage and in fact lead vocalist David C. asked everyone to come forward as close as they felt comfortable).

This pop punk group rocked with incredible energy, their website recordings do not reflect what occurred last night given that the band will be releasing a new album in October. The crowd was alive with movement, and it was clear that several people in the audience knew the lyrics to the band's songs. The Ensemble plans to return to the Bobby Fisher building in September.

This venue began with a rough start this past May by hosting a glorification of graffiti exhibit in our graffiti-stricken neighborhood. I am hopeful about the potential for this venue to maintain its edge without feeding the Borf fad.


Kris Hammond said...

Sean Hennessey has more details about this event:


The breakdown:

ArtCadeMagazine.com, LLC
Marissa Botelho, Curator
Reuben Breslar, Music Coordinator, Local arts students, artists, musicians, and creative writers Bands 'Pontiak,' 'The Show is the Rainbow,' and 'Black and Tan Fantasy Band'
Civilian Arts Projects

Anonymous said...

Hey Kris,

I'm glad you enjoyed the bands and see potential for the space. It has definitely switched gears since the first art show. We intend to make a more of a collective community space having already talked to certain people in the neighborhood and organizations (S.O.M.E. and Street Sense) offering them the space for organizing or meeting. It's rather flattering to have a dc blogger not try to verbally tear us a new one! Cheers, come back soon!