The Warehouse, an all-ages venue in La Crosse, Wisconsin, one of the longest running all-ages venues in the country, a lifeline to thousands of fans and bands, will shut down forever unless they meet their fundraising goal of $200,000 in the next 7+ days. Holy crap. That’s a lot of dough. But two things to remember: 1) The fundraising campaign has been liked over 7200 times on Facebook–an average of $28 per like would pass the $200,000 goal. That’s about four hours of work at minimum wage. A half day. 2) They keep the money only if the goal is hit. If not me and the other–as of right now–305 donators would get our cash back and shed some tears. Though $200,000 is a lot, with a crowd it can be done. Especially for a place that’s been around for 22 years and seen hundreds of thousands of kids climb its stairs. I can’t emphasize enough the Warehouse’s important role to our scene and the Midwest region. The Warehouse is a connector for touring bands, reducing the travel time between shows, making trips to the Twin Cities more feasible. Here’s just a few of the 8,000+ bands who have rolled through the Warehouse:
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE • FALL OUT BOY • ALL AMERICAN REJECTS • MUDVAYNE • DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 • DEAD MILKMEN • DESCENDENTS • ALLISTER • POISON THE WELL • MAYDAY PARADE • VAUX • FEAR BEFORE THE MARCH OF FLAMES • EVERCLEAR • GATSBYS AMERICAN DREAM • QUIETDRIVE • SOCRATIC • MADINA LAKE • TIGER ARMY • HOUSTON CALLS • STATIC-X • EMERY • COPELAND • FOUR LETTER LIE • BAYSIDE • MATCHBOOK ROMANCE •JUNE • THE AUDITION • THE JUNIOR VARSITY • BRAND NEW • THE MELVINS • CHEMLAB • MU330 • ARCWELDER • ANTI-FLAG • LESS THAN JAKE • C-TEC • NIL8 • ARMOR FOR SLEEP • CONSOLIDATED • LINK-80 • BROADWAYS • TUESDAY • CUBANATE • SUICIDE MACHINES
But the Warehouse also is an incubator for local acts who just need a chance to show what they’ve got and gain stage experience. Our Twin Cities bands get better because of the Warehouse. Twin Cities music fans get to see more music because of the Warehouse. So here’s my challenge: donate half of one day’s work. Four hours. Today. Right here. I’ve already donated. Join me and work a half day (or more) for the Warehouse. Because sadly, all-ages venues struggling is an all too common thing, says City Pages:
Any successful music scene needs its share of all-ages venues and shows to inspire new generations of bands. Here in the Twin Cities, we know all too well the sting of losing beloved, highly revered all-ages clubs whose history and impact on the local music scene is sadly lost in the name of progress, city planning, or high rent.
Indeed. We just saw Medusa close and with Station 4 out of commission
for the summer until 2014, few places besides THE GARAGE’s shows offer space for youth to play and take in some of their favorite acts. We’re happy to do all we can, but a scene is strongest with interplay, with many voices. The Warehouse is part of it and needs you.