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Aural Fixation

Totally Amped

All-ages venue makes a new home Downtown

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Robert Montoya says when he and his wife, Dawn Malone, opened Amped Performance Center in the summer of 2008, they were simply trying to create more places in town for musicians to perform. “We didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into,” Montoya says with a grin. A guitarist himself, he and Malone created a booze- and smoke-free all-ages venue that specializes in local bands that play original music.

The center was in a commercial strip on Lomas between Carlisle and Washington in its first incarnation. This summer Amped relocated Downtown, adding quality to a cultural district in need of further revitalization and refinement. The venue is now housed in the historic Freed Company building at 415 Central NW (right next door to Weekly Alibi world headquarters). This Saturday, Amped is holding its grand reopening in its newly renovated space with a roster, naturally, of all local bands. Here’s a photographic sneak preview of the space.

Amped Performance Center’s new, ahem, performance center
Amped Performance Center’s new, ahem, performance center

Robert Montoya smiles for the camera from his sound booth.
Robert Montoya smiles for the camera from his sound booth.

A sign in Amped’s upstairs green room
A sign in Amped’s upstairs green room

Amped also serves as an art gallery.
Amped also serves as an art gallery.

Amped grand reopening

with Epiphany, Second Thought, Emergency Ahead, The Balcony Scene, Vertigo Venus and Rick Crouse
Saturday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m .

Amped Performance Center
415 Central NW
Tickets: $6, All-ages!
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