The Luminary Announces Grand Opening for New Space on May 17
As far as music programming, in some ways, it will be more of the same, says James McAnally. However, their mindset that goes into booking will take on a different approach to meet the demands of the city's rapidly progressing music climate.
Mabel Suen The future home of the Luminary.
"Our intial idea for the concert series was to book bands that are not otherwise playing this area, but that's not really the same question anymore with so much happening," he says. "We've been talking about doing a music residency similar to how we've done artist residencies.... We're trying to think a lot more holistic about the music programming -- not just booking cool shows but also trying to provide resources for the creative community."
The McAnallys gesture toward the back end of 17,000-square-foot space, pointing out its original construction as a theater in 1905. At the back end of the room, where a placard from the Luminary's original location sits on the ground and remnants from the building's past life as a pharmacy, a stage will be erected alongside an in-house bar. It's a bit difficult to envision the space the McAnallys have dreamed up, but soon, we won't have to.
Brea McAnally A look at the inside.
The Luminary's grand-opening preview event on May 17 is free and open to the public. It will feature an art auction with work from previous residents well as live music from DJ Air Bud and Evelque. For more information, check out the Luminary's website and follow it on Facebook. More on the Luminary's upcoming concert announcements as we learn it.
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