Steve Auerbach launched the Salt Lake City-based music-performance and education nonprofit in December 2009 as a partner program with Utah Arts Alliance. “It all started with the kids,” Auerbach says. “We [now] have summer camps, after-school bands and a music-production program in Granite and Salt Lake City public schools in partnership with Sony Creative Software.” MusicGarage was also a sponsor of the 2012 City Weekly Music Awards.
With a move in December 2011 to the current location at 389 W. 1700 South (to read more about it, go here) came a bevy of bells and whistles: The warehouse has an 18' x 15' stage, lights, sound, indoor-outdoor venue and an art gallery. There are offices that are used for a booking agency, management company and audio/video production studios. There are even rent-subsidized private teaching studios.
But, back to live music: “While the new MusicGarage-Live! is a small live-music venue; we only book directly with bands in keeping with a by-musicians, for-musicians approach,” Auerbach says. “I really don't want to be in the venue business, but we will present select shows from time-to-time.” All proceeds from the shows go to both the bands/artists and the youth music programs at MusicGarage.
This weekend hosts two opportunities to check out the new venue. Friday, April 27, classical guitarist Michael Lucarelli (pictured above; video below) plays at 8 p.m. ($12 in advance, $15 day of show). There will be a free MS Walk After-Party BBQ and pot luck with mash-up hip-hop artists Fat Apollo & The Cellulites, MusicGarage.Org Youth and Eyes Open on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m.