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Anyone who has ever spent time in New Haven either playing shows or attending them knows that there is an ever-shrinking number of venues available. In particular, downtown venues seem to be relegated to either 70-100 person capacity dive bars or 750+ plus capacity music halls, with little variation in between. Enter Darkroom.
Located beneath Devil’s Gear Bike Shop‘s former digs on Chapel Street, Darkroom is a new upstart venue aiming to fill said gap between venue types. At a sizable 4,000 square feet, Darkroom represents a great opportunity for locals to create something that New Haven has been in dire need of since the days of the Tune Inn: a downtown venue that can not only host local shows but also bring in regional or even national acts too big for Cafe 9 or BAR but too small for Toad’s Place. In addition to its primary usage as a music venue, Darkroom will also double as a rehearsal space, gallery and photography studio, further increasing its benefit not only for musicians and fans but also for the area’s visual arts community.
So how do you fit into the equation? Well, in order to bring the venue up to code (including the installation of handicapped access, stage construction, acoustic improvements, and an additional restroom), Darkroom needs your help. A donation page has been set up via indiegogo.com that allows you to contribute to the venue’s construction costs. As an incentive, Darkroom has set up a series of ‘perks’ based on donation size, ranging from a free beer on the house to a fully catered party for you and 40 of your friends. So why should you care? Well, Darkroom’s proprietors have come up with a pretty extensive list of reasons to donate, any one of which is worth it in our book. Overall, New Haven needs a venue like this to help present the over-abundance of talent in the local music and arts community that, in recent years, has had less physical space to do so.
Please check out the YouTube video above for a full description of what the venue is about and what it hopes to accomplish. With your support, we can make this happen.
To donate, please visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/building-darkroom-new-haven
For more info about Darkroom, visit https://www.facebook.com/darkroomCT