Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Venue Alert: Little Hamilton Successor 'The Owl Farm' To Open in East Nashville July 31

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Just shy of two months ago, we mourned the loss of Little Hamilton, the DIY warehouse venue that nearly singlehandedly held down the all-ages punk and hardcore scene for a solid four years. The venue was forced to shutter in early May due to flooding and generally toxic conditions, but Little Hammy rep Rose Marie Punk promised in her comment to the Scene regarding the venue's demise that plans were already in place to open a new venue with the same spirit.

According to emails sent to the Scene this morning, those plans are now coming to fruition.

“The Owl Farm” is a new music venue co-owned by Pink and her partner Jazzi Bennett, scheduled to open in East Nashville on July 31. Like Little Hamilton, the venue will remain a strictly all-ages music and performance art space for punk/hardcore bands, poetry readings, plays and more. Also returning from LH will be the record shop (or, as I liked to call it, the anarchist gift shop) and the venue's DIY spirit.

“Rose and I felt that the presence of a DIY all-ages venue is absolutely vital to the survival of underground music scenes and radical events in Nashville, so I'm glad other people feel the same way,” Bennett told the Scene via email. “Not a lot of parents are OK with their children going to house shows, so it's harder to get high school-age kids to come out. And unfortunately that's been our only option for places to put shows since little Hamilton closed down.”

A fair point! With the closure of The Muse and Little Hamilton in quick succession, young people have had few options for concerts in town — mostly at house shows and venues that rhyme with Socketown. Whether or not parents balk at the idea of letting their kids hang out in a warehouse on Dickerson Pike remains to be seen, but Bennett insists that the location is much more secure than the South Nashville neighborhood of LH.

To wit:

We are sharing a warehouse space with a couple of other businesses, all of which close by seven o'clock. You actually have to go through a hallway inside the building to get to our space, so we'll have someone at the door outside taking money and showing people to our unit. I think that will help people to feel a little better about the neighborhood because not just anyone could walk in like it was at Little Hamilton with the two entrances.

The venue's first show is scheduled for July 31, with Direct Effect, Fucked Ethos and more. The venue will be located at 811 Dickerson Pike, Unit I. Insert your own Alcohol Stuntband “Dickerson Pike” joke here.

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