In this week’s Cellars by Starlight column we chatted with Dan Shea on the eve of his three-day Homegrown II festival, which goes down tonight through Sunday at the Temple in Jamaica Plain. During the reprting for the piece we also were able to get a few mintues with Temple general manager Thomas Wenzl to discuss the space, which could become a major player in the city’s underground music scene. After the Q&A, check the full lineup for Homegrown II, as well as some video clips of the performers.
When did the Temple first open?
We have been open now for nine months, starting in January of this year. In our original design we did take into consideration that both live performance and studio performance would go very well together. Our goal was to provide a place with great acoustics and atmosphere.
Can you describe the space a little? I heard it is also a recording studio.
To give you a description of the studio, the space itself is 3,600 square-feet. We have an art gallery, a 2,200 square-foot live room, three isolation rooms, and a pro audio recording setup. This is a place for visual art, music and performance. We have been recording local bands and hosting shows regularly.
What would you say your role is in helping create a local community arts scene?
As of right now we are working on ways to grow our brand and provide the local community in JP a safe place to launch. We have been at ground level for some time now and have had many great local and national artists grace our stage.
We are excited and fortunate to be a part of the Boston music scene in many ways and will continue to provide our guests, artists, and collaborators with diversity and quality. This is a grass roots movement, with many good people working behind the scenes to meet the demand for local music. We will be recording Homegrown Fest II... think of Temple Sound as a giant locally grown megaphone!
Final lineup for Homegrown II (in order of headliner to opener):
FRIDAY OCTOBER 15: Major Stars (12:30am), Damon and Naomi, Larkin Grimm, Marissa Nadler, Bobb Trimble’s Flying Spiders, Fat Worm of Error, Eli Keszler, Life Partners, Black Pyramid, Mind Yeti, Beach Hair (6:10pm).
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16: Tunnel of Love (12:45am), Parts and Labor, Jeff the Brotherhood, Truman Peyote, Drug Rug, CSC Funk Band, Bird Names, Colin Langenus Orchestra, Homeblitz, Keith Fullerton Whitman, People of the North, Ski Mask, DINNER(6 to 6:45pm), Reports, Doomstar, Jesse Gallagher(of Apollo Sunshine), Dick Heaven, Invisible Circle, Fat History Month, Fedavees, Sunrising, Shitaly (1:45pm).
SUNDAY OCTOBER 17: BBQ (Mark Sultan, of King Khan and BBQ, 11:45pm), So Cow, Ty Segall, Needy Visions, Debo Band, Many Mansions, Alec K Redfearn and the Eyesores, Bezoar, Vile Bodies, DINNER(6 to 6:45pm), Mmoss, Hands and Knees, Turbo Fruits, Pujol, Human Eye, K Holes, Turtle Ambulance, the CQ, Duck That, Double Awake, Death Shepherd (12:45pm).