It took 18 months of waiting. Eighteen months of fundraising, volunteering and wondering when it would all be over. But Warehouse 21 is back, and it's itching to crank up the volume. “It took a lot of endurance,” says Warehouse 21 Executive Director Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt. “But we did it, and we survived.”
Santa Fe’s premier all-ages venue temporarily shut its doors in December of 2006. The old Warehouse 21 was torn down in April 2007 to make way for a road that would help connect residents to the revitalized arts and cultural district Downtown. The new-and-improved version, which sits across the railroad tracks from Site Santa Fe at 1614 Paseo de Peralta, is 16,845 square feet—nearly five times larger than its predecessor.
Though its digs have changed, Warehouse 21’s greatest mission hasn’t. It’s still a place where teens and young adults can sample some of the best arts and entertainment in the country. Gallegos y Reinhardt says the value of a venue like Warehouse 21 was re-affirmed during the construction process. Never ones to sit idly by, Gallegos y Reinhardt and her staff put on 48 different concerts and events at 12 different venues throughout the city. “That to me proves it’s still a need in our community,” Gallegos y Reinhardt says. “Even without a central office or many staff members, we were still able to do all that.”
“We’ll have a little colony of prodigies.”
Though she will ask patrons to open their wallets again to make sure Warehouse 21 has all the gear it needs, Gallegos y Reinhardt is well aware of the generous contributions that have already been made. “We did so many benefits that people were probably exhausted by how many we had,” she says. “But all the $5 bills in the fish bowl is what made this building.”
On Friday, June 27, many of the bands who have been with Warehouse 21 through thick and thin will welcome it back with a huge all-ages concert. The Cherry Tempo, Easier Said Than Done, Brian Botkiller, Random Order, Peachcake, Keyboard, Kidcrash, Raine Vivian, Crimson Eclipse and Jake Trujillo will all share the stage. The show runs from 4 p.m. to midnight.
From Friday, June 27, through Sunday, June 29, Warehouse 21 welcomes back the arts with a digital video exhibition featuring work from Northern New Mexico youth and local artists. The show runs from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Then on Saturday, June 28, it's high time for hip-hop. Soulive and Kayota will perform. There'll also be graf and break contests. The show starts at noon and ends at 8 p.m.
Log on to warehouse21.org for even more events coming up in July.