Flux Capacitor [fluhks kuh–pas-i-ter], noun: (1) Time-travelling DeLorean in the film Back to the Future. (2) New music venue in Colorado Springs.
"The grand opening ruled," declares Bryan Ostrow in the aftermath of semi-underground music space Flux Capacitor's inaugural weekend earlier this month featuring 10 performances ranging from Albuquerque hip-hop acts Summon and Kron Jeremy to Ostrow's own stoner-metal band Blighter.
Of course, he may be a little biased. Along with his brother Sean Ostrow as well as co-conspirators Nick Pryor, Greg Mullenax, Caleb Butcher and Damian Bertollini, he's spent months prepping the all-ages venue.
"There needs to be more safe places for kids to go and be themselves, release energy and be a part of something," says the hyperactive Ostrow of his return to the do-it-yourself aesthetic that preceded his years booking and running the soundboard at the Triple Nickel. Toward that end, he promises, "Flux Capacitor will be an all-ages d.i.y community venue, run by musicians with the proper punk ethos, that are doing it for the bands, music and kids. This is the FUBU of venues — for us, by us."
The venue is located at 3530 N. Chelton Loop in a building that also houses a number of rehearsal studios. (Look for the entrance around back by the loading docks.)
Future plans include more music — metal, punk, hip-hop, indie-rock, etc. — as well as art shows and even some politically focused events. (Ostrow was, after all, cofounder of What's Left, which started as a music 'n' politics zine before evolving first into a festival and, more recently, an indie record label.)
Flux Capacitor's next show is this Friday, and it will be loud. Headliners Oryx are a duo of the doom-rock persuasion from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Widowmaker, their new album on What's Left, is charming in a doom-rock kind of way, with a title track that finds vocalist Tommy Davis moaning 50 words over the course of 12 minutes. Opening acts include Denver bands Tricoma and Ghosts of Glaciers as well as Colorado Springs' own Autumn Creatures.
You can find more info on upcoming shows at Flux Capacitor's facebook page. For bookings and other questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other all-ages news, Sunshine Studios is changing things up on Dec. 27 with a show featuring local roots artist Grant Sabin, Curtis Boucher, Jesse Cotton Stone, and the Barrel House String Band. While all except Barrel House have played the venue at some point in the past, the space is more inclined these days toward the likes of Alien Ant Farm, Mobile Death Camp and the prior evening's headliner Axe 2 the Face.
You'll also find no age restrictions at the Black Sheep this Saturday, as local hip-hop luminaries Bullhead*ded headline A Weed Pimp Christmas. They'll be joined by special guests Clydesdale Entertainment, J.O.B., Travellers Music, Kind Dub, Hott, Stoney Bertz, Con & Boogs, Junes, TMC, Hostis, and maybe a few more emcees we're forgetting at the moment.
And finally, for the 21-plus crowd, the Triple Nickel will be celebrating its ninth anniversary this Friday with a performance by Drag the River, featuring Nickel owner JJ Grueter on bass. Andy Tanner and Jen Price will round out the bill.