We will always love The Seed, heard the news recently, and are surprised. Been a loyal customer for years - attending a Thanksgiving celebration, getting monthly specials, attending meetings, seeing Ben & Joe's release party. I remember Occupy Lancaster, a demonstration that was fascinating to me (the roll calls, the trash collection, and the zeitgeist), and one which was graced by my presence a few times. I remember talking about how much food was an issue to me - also that I cared about a central purpose (Glass-Steagall, the nationwide call), and have always loved how having a local vegan restaurant followed in such a grassroots way. While it is very sad seeing The Seed announce 9/30 as closing date, I believe that our spirit will continue like branches growing toward light. We see that Root has opened, a very nice vegan bar, for one. Best wishes for Seed owners, musicians who relied on it as a venue, kombucha drinkers who will have to find a new source, and everyone who feels this - even those who may disagree.
So happy to have met Mikey Rioux, and Heather Perry, of The MakeSpace. They recently took this Harrisburg art building over, and are currently raising funds for this great endeavor. The building has three floors, with first being reserved for art shows (group shows, one-person shows, happening bimonthly), and concerts (about three per month). The other two floors offer artist studios; two of them are occupied, and there are four openings. If you’re planning on visiting Harrisburg in the near future, we think you should make plans to coordinate.
It was fun talking to these individuals, and learning a little bit about where they come come from. Especially discovering a new musician. Perry, a Chicago transplant, pays bills by teaching piano, and will soon be releasing an EP (band name is being created) from collaboration with musician who remains in Chicago. She plays bass and keyboards, wears a Metric t-shirt, and we share interest in CSS (Cansei de Ser Sexy) - the charming sound of Lovefoxx’s Spanish accent. Perry hopes her French will be liked in a similar way (the vegan guitar strap in photograph will help)
The Harrisburg-Lancaster connection continues. BohoZone currently has paintings by r76, and has hosted Grant Goldsworthy, Royale Blue, and Rivers in past mini-concerts. The MakeSpace Music Festival will take place at HMAC (Midtown Arts Center), from 2PM-12AM, on 10/1 (a Saturday). Some bands that I recognized: Shawan And The Wonton, Rivers, and Lower Dens. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds benefit this great gallery. There’s also a nearby black-box theater called The Field, with some interesting things going on, I think.
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