Imaginative local duo Bluebrain is gearing up to host a benefit for the new artist space located at 1337 H Street NE.
The 7900 square-foot space, located between the H Street Country Club and Dangerously Delicious Pies, was formerly occupied by American West Indian Auto Body. The building is owned by none other than restaurant owner and Thievery Corporation member Eric Hilton, who will also open a bar/dining establishment in the space’s basement. Adrian Parsons and Volta Bureau are among the artists who will inhabit the building’s creative work space upstairs.
At the September 9th and 10th benefits, each of the venue’s 11 rooms will be outfitted with speakers and subwoofers, all playing music by Ally Behnke, Forgetting, Laughing Man, AAA, and Volta Bureau. Bluebrain’s Hays Holladay says that the event will take the form of “an installation mixing sound and music, where sound moves with you through space.” Bluebrain won’t perform, but Holladay and brother/bandmate Ryan will be behind the board, so to speak, programming what’s being called a “sound experience.”
The benefit is “one of many openings for the space,” says Holladay, who credits Parsons and Hilton with the venue’s quick transformation.
Reservations for Bluebrain’s “Living House” are now closed, but more information can be found on 1337 H Street’s Tumblr account.
Correction: The original version of this post inaccurately said that Ally Behnke, Forgetting, Laughing Man, AAA, and Volta Bureau would perform at this show. It has been updated to reflect that these are not live performances.