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On the Closing of Another Local Music Venue

On January 23, 2016, it was announced that hardcore record store and DIY music venue Dynamite Vinyl would be closing its doors. The stated reason, "A lack of value (in terms of fun)" per the stores Facebook page. This is the most recent in a spate of closings affecting local music venues including the Chinatown Youth Center, Audie's Olympic, and the Arthouse last month. It's made Fresno a hard place to play shows and could spell the death of the scene in general.


These closings are bad, don't get me wrong. People put blood, sweat, and tears into these ventures, and (controversies aside) seeing them close is always shitty. But I'm not worried in the least for the local music scene. It'll survive like it always has.

Mind you, I have very little DIY bonafides so I'm not speaking from a place of "authority" when it comes to all this. But it's my understanding that DIY means you play music by any means necessary. Don't have a place to perform? Fucking make your own. Play in an alley if you have too.  Easier said than done I'm sure, but I don't think DIY has ever been easy. DIY exists as a response to adversity.

Playing in a club with monitors and a sound guy is amazing. I jump at the chance to play at Strummers or Fulton 55. But a scene doesn't really need any of that shit. Bands can play anywhere there's electricity and at least one person willing to hear what's being laid down. New venues will be created by some entrepreneurial kids, and the crowds hungry for new music will find them.

We're gonna be ok.


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