About the Yellow Canary Dance Hall
The Yellow Canary Dance Hall is a volunteer-run, all-ages space for experimental art and music located in a dusty neighborhood in South Phoenix, AZ. Modeled after house shows and structured after successful DIY all-ages spaces throughout the country, 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.
We are hoping to raise $1,500 to achieve the following:
- Purchase essential live sound equipment
- Fund a DIY, community print shop to make our event promotions self-sufficient.
- Ensure that touring bands are always reasonably compensated.
- Purchase a video projector for film nights and multi-media performances.
- General maintenance and improvement supplies, i.e. paint, lighting, etc.
- Extend our exposure to the existing art and music communities in Arizona.
- Ensure that the Yellow Canary Dance Hall will be a long-standing, self-sufficient place for DIY shows.
- Provide an outlet for artists, musicians and students to show their work in a comfortable atmosphere, where collaboration and criticism amongst peers is encouraged.
All Ages shows in Phoenix
ICEAGE at Yellow Canary
(Photo by Mihio Manus)
Unfortunately, Phoenix has a reputation as a city with little or no culture or community. We believe that this is a falsehood. Although the city has it's obvious built in drawbacks that are hard to work around (such as uncontrolled urban sprawl, and a conservative political atmosphere) anyone who has attended a house show, an event at Trunk Space or Modified Arts, or one of the many contemporary art galleries downtown can tell you that there is an extremely vibrant and active creative community in Phoenix. We hope to continue this tradition by creating another DIY space for experimental music and art to flourish.
Having the shows be open to all and drug and alcohol free is also a huge priority, as we believe this creates a public environment that is friendly, safe, welcoming and open to all people regardless of age. We hope that the space will be a fertile ground for artists and musicians to explore the extent of their creativity, and hopefully contribute to strengthening our artistic communities, regardless of genre or concentration.
In the short month we have been open, we have hosted shows for Ice Age, Nucular Aminals, Park Detail's Band, Dunes, Radio People, Garrincha & The Stolen Elk, Psychic Feline, French Quarter, Vegetable, Phoenix's Poet Laureate Mr. Wax, and many others.
Waytansea Point at Yellow Canary
(Photo by Walt Porter)
Why All Ages?
"All ages shows are essential to any healthy music scene. Live music can be such a powerful experience that it actually changes people. To be involved at an early age with a thriving music community opens up an amazing opportunity to connect with other like minded people and become a part of a broader community. And from the artist side, all ages venues are a great way to gain exposure and to connect more intimately with an audience. I'm a huge supporter of venues that encourage and develop young musicians and music fans of all kinds. Without them, a valuable piece of the process of creating and sharing music is lost."
- Kimber Lanning, founder of Modified Arts, Local First Arizona, Stinkweeds Record Exchange
"Phoenix has a history of clinging tightly to it's backyard/living room/basement shows, and it should - such places are hidden treasures in the desert. Often they are chaotic in an exciting way, but there are always people behind them with inspiring visions. People who are creative and want to provide a service when they see a gap in what their community provides. Yellow Canary Dance Hall is giving Phoenix a place halfway in between a concert venue and your best friend's living room - and you need that because your best friend has probably moved to Portland by now. This space is all ages and drug/alcohol free by choice, not because it is forced to be that way by law. I hosted shows (at YOBS) because I wanted to support good bands, exchange ideas with the other kids in my city and create a community around that, link it to other small communities and so on. You can't do that effectively if you make barriers around age or class, or if you have a space that is only safe for the most privileged among us. Having a dry space isn't just important for people in recovery, on probation, etc. It's also a way to draw a line between our love for music and the assumption that you have to be drunk or high to enjoy it or to endure the social environment. Let's give bands a chance to play not just to "the bar crowd" but for people who are genuinely coming out just to see them. Let's try to connect on a different level and see what other exciting projects we can start together to change the face of our city."
- Allison Karow, founder of Tempe, AZ Bike Saviours Collective, YOBS
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