Yellow Canary Dance Hall To Take Over Warehouse Venue Sound Kontrol

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Steinbrink is opening a venue, not pizza store.
With the folks over at Cityslaang and YOBS closing doors, musician Stephen Steinbrink (French Quarter) and James Fella, of Gilgongo Records, have stepped up to the plate with Yellow Canary Dance Hall, scheduled to take over warehouse venue Sound Kontrol in South Phoenix, one of City Slaang's prime spots.

"We're still currently figuring out exactly what we have planned for the Dance Hall," says Steinbrink.

"I don't think its ever been a dream of James' or mine to start a venue, but when YOBS will be closing this summer and Jes Barnett (former instigator of Cityslaang, Sound Kontrol, Pigeon Religion) throwing in the towel as far as booking shows, we saw a need in our small community and decided to fill it."

"I still feel like we have a really unique and experienced attitude for running the space," says Steinbrink."With James as an owner of a semi-successful underground label and myself as a touring musician, I feel like we have a vastly different perspectives and set of ideals than other show bookers in town, who I believe to be greedy, self-obsessed, soulless pigs, with the exception of a few."

Asked what he meant specifically by "soulless pigs," Steinbrink responded, "I think the soulless pigs comment was a reation to an argument I got in with a local booker last night. I don't think they are bad people, just unethical and misguided."

Steinbrink plans for the the new space to be centered around providing bands the best support possible.

"I think everyone who books shows on any level has to concede to the fact that money is a huge priority when there are people touring to your town to perform. Bands have to get paid," Steinbrink says.

"It's what we can do to subvert this horrible pattern in our society of 'the man' or 'whoever' not rewarding artists for what they do best, which is make art. But still, I feel like it is so easy to start booking shows, begin to make money off of it, and lose sight of the original reason people tour and perform in general, and that is to share ideas and spread regional culture. What about having fun? What about the catharsis of a performance and sharing ideas? Should that not take precedence over how much a promoter sticks in his pocket after the concert? I still think that paying a touring band a fair and deserved sum of money is hugely and equally important, but there is a way to achieve that end ethically."

"I really want to emphasize that the way my friends and I book shows is not 'the best way' or 'the only way,'" Steinbrink says. "House shows and punk shows are just a small drop in a big pool. There is no 'right' way. There are assholes who book in big theaters and there are assholes who book house shows. There are assholes everywhere. Seeing bands in basements and houses and warehouses across the country is the way I prefer to see and hear music, when it's fresh and inexperienced. It feels more pure that way. I don't like seeing a band play behind a Bud Light banner, but that's just me."

Steinbrink plans on taking the house show model exhibited at YOBS and applying it to the warehouse venue.

"While booking at YOBS, we've always paid bands on the higher echelon of what 'punk shows' are capable of, and we can do that in a successful and sustainable way, while having a heart and having fun. 100% of the money went to bands after costs like PA repairs, flyers, etc. Why do this? Because it keeps a clear perspective. Money is a great legitimizer, but can also give you dangerous dose of ego boost, and that is always dangerous. Humility is so important when facilitating punk shows.

"What we have planned so far is to have a home for the experimental punk and noise bands that have been a staple at YOBS for the last four years, and to also provide an environment for people to be exposed to interdisciplinary art, dance, video, performance, etc. in the context of a punk show. Yellow Canary Dance Hall will be a community center, movie theater, punk basement, print shop, art gallery, lecture hall, and a place to play board games at three in the morning."

Here's one of Steinbrink's tunes, "Deny Your Creator," from his Yellow Canary Jumpsuit cassette, released last year.

Stephen Steinbrink - Deny Your Creator by lehorrorrecords


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Robert
Robert

I will be attending shows and hopefully playing a few. :)

Bloodyandcuddley
Bloodyandcuddley

 cant wait to play yellow canary. your rad stephen! arizona really needs more of these ethics + ideas. very few seem to understand. see you soon......

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French Quarter
French Quarter

I also want to make clear that we won't be paying bands 100% of the door. When that was mentioned in the interview, I was speaking about YOBS specifically, but this is just a slightly different story -- we will use money to cover cost of rent, supplies, equipment, but still, bands will be paid a higher cut than the majority of venues in town. Making money will not be the ultimate goal, and call that naive if you want, but I think it will be a great "alternative experience".

I think that it's so funny that the owner of the Marquee Theater got annoyed enough to call us idiots! What awesome validation!

-Stephen Steinbrink

Chase
Chase

He also runs Lucky Man Promotions. While he probably doesn't appreciate being called a "soulless pig", he is clearly threatened by anybody offering an "alternative experience" that doesn't include five-dollar parking and a three-dollar processing fee.

Sam
Sam

haha, it's not like this "alternative experience" presents an even remote threat to his business anyway. Most of the people who will be going to shows at this new venue are already deliberately eschewing Lucky Man and all it's affiliates. It's just great to think that he might be bristling at the thought of some young idealists cutting into his piece of the already barren Arizona (Corporate) music scene.

French Quarter
French Quarter

To Tom LaPenna, owner of the Marquee Theater, I may be dumb and ignorant, but I'm not lazy. I'd rather live in a fantasy world that I created myself then ever go to the Marquee Theater and see a bad, overpriced show. But keep doing what you're doing, man! Don't let us bring you down.

Bill
Bill

I highly doubt the real Tom Lapenna bothered commenting on this blog post

Tomlapenna
Tomlapenna

These guys are idiots and have no idea what they are doing. They're young, dumb, lazy, ignorant and live in a fantasy world.

Benjo Widwitz
Benjo Widwitz

This guy is old and has no idea what alternative spaces are doing. His venue is uncomfortable to stand in, has terrible sound quality, and manages to make people hate the experience of live music.

Robbie Pfeffer
Robbie Pfeffer

You're right Tom! Art should ALWAYS be completely about amassing as much money as possible. Anyone who wants to book anything other than shitty raves and Van Halen cover bands is clearly ignorant. Keep fighting the good fight.

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Glad to see something still happening here!

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