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Do-It-Yourself Music, Art Space In South Phoenix: Yellow Canary Dance Hall

Imagine a venue in South Phoenix that celebrates creativity — A place that encourages individuals to share experimental art and music. Can you envision it? Stephen Steinbrink and James Fella can.

Steinbrink, of French Quarter, and Fella, founder of Gilgongo Record Label, have taken over a warehouse space, formerly known as the Sound Kontrol venue, and created Yellow Canary Dance Hall.

In recent years, spots that held house shows or small concerts for bands have closed down. Steinbrink and Fella, who are both active in the local music scene, recognized the need for a D.I.Y. space that supports talented musicians, touring and local, who may not be able to book a larger venue but know how to put on a show.

To be able to grow in Phoenix, a city that is sometimes criticized for its lack of community or culture, the venue needs support. Currently, they are asking for monetary support on their Kickstarter page. So far they’ve collected $385 but need to reach their goal of $1,500 by Oct. 6.

Donations as small as $1 are accepted with eternal thanks. Pledges of $5 or more include a gift to the giver in the form of event posters, free admission to upcoming shows, releases by Gilgongo Records, a $50 Stinkweeds giftcard, a personalized accessory or shirt from GLOWEAR, or even a ticket to see the tUnE-YarDs at Crescent Ballroom on Nov. 3.

Those who cannot contribute donations can help in another way — attending shows and art performances. In the short time that the all-ages, drug-and-alcohol-free venue has been open, it’s hosted bands such as Ice Age, Psychic Feline, Garrincha & The Stolen Elk, Vegetable, Nucular Animals, Radio People, Dunes and many more. Show admission is regularly $5. The Dance Hall will also feature art, film nights and multimedia performances.

“…We hope to provide a communal space with programming that will challenge and inspire the oft-culture starved residents of Central Arizona, both creatively and emotionally, in the context of a punk show.”

To find out more about the project or to make a donation, visit the Kickstarter page.


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