Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
"You Dream It, We Build It"
The city's all-ages music and performing arts space planned for 508 First Street NE is set to open in December. The old Ice House building has architectural plans drawn up for 14,000 square feet of multiuse main floor space, a 10,000 square-foot basement (with a small movie theater, among other things) and a built-out roof area. It even has a name: Warehouse 508. Now all it needs is you.
To get the word out, organizers of the teen-centric arts space are throwing an all-ages show with free music, free pizza and free information on Warehouse 508. Bring your ideas to Stove (114 Morningside NE, just north of Central) on Sunday, May 10, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Mystic Vision, DJ Chach, Ill Kid vs. DJ Vent, Kairo vs. Valoria, FYAworksound and graffiti artist Layla Weeks will bring the noise. Stay connected at
Up on the Hill
Funk, jazz, neo-soul, big-band, electric blues, gospel—Hillary Smith has got to be the most versatile vocalist in the state. And she pushes it out with a righteous presence that stands up to a full band of the most powerful players we have. Watching her at work is a joyride. All these soulful sides come out to play in Smith's new album, No Easy Way, which she'll release at two CD release parties this weekend. On Friday, May 9, she'll sign CDs and perform with two of her outfits, The Rhinestones and Hip Pocket, from 7 to 10 p.m. on the St. Clair Winery and Bistro patio (901 Rio Grande NW, 243-9916). There's no cover. Then on Saturday, May 10, Hill and the GTs will be at El Farol in Santa Fe (808 Canyon Road, 505-983-9912) from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. $7 gets you in there. Log on to www.hilljam.com to hear clips from the new album.
Buckets of Linseed Oil
Immediately after going to press on last week's Music To Your Ears column (Owl Green's, cornbread, yadda yadda), Free Radicals proprietess Nan Morningstar sent us word that she's also carrying Launchpad-Brand Linseed Oil T-shirts at her greaser-punk lifestyle store. All of the profits from the $20 shirts benefit Launchpad employees whose jobs went up in smoke with the Golden West fire. March into 300 Yale SE (at Silver, and the building's painted leopard-print—you shouldn't have a hard time "spotting" it), or shop online at www.FreeRadicalsHQ.com.
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