One of Baltimore's few remaining medium sized live music venues will close its doors at the end of March only to reopen in the fall with a brand new identity. Recher Theatre is slated to start construction in April to turn the venue into a new night club called Torrent.
Those familiar with the Baltimore live music scene are no strangers to the venue but it's not necessarily love that kept us coming back. The venue itself wasn't very well kept, the bathrooms were a mess, the sound was just ok on its best days, and the lighting was rarely better than atrocious. With that being said we kept coming back. It's what we had and what we knew. It may not have been much but it was ours and so many music fans made a lot of memories there.
Owner Brian Recher told City Paper that this decision was the best choice for them: “The scene now is DJs. The live music scene is still good, but it’s down. . . This was strictly a business decision.”
While that may be true, the live music scene will take another hit by the loss of this venue only about a year after Sonar closed its doors. Local bands and smaller national acts may struggle to find a venue in Baltimore.
The remaining shows to be held at Recher Theatre:
Thursday, February 14 - ELESTIAL - Exemptus - Bleu
Friday, February 15 - BSM presents - HANZEL UND GRETYL - Death Maschine - Chitin
Sunday, February 17 - BASEMENT INTINCT - Always Awkward - Slanted Sounds
Thursday, February 21 - WTMD presents - BALTIMORE BAND BLOCK PARTY: The Herd of Main Street - The Bellevederes - Sick Sick Birds - Pigeons Playing Ping Pong - Letitia VanSant - Cris Jacobs Band - Bobby E. Lee & the Sympathizers - Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale - Carousel Rogues
Friday, February 22 - BAD BOOKS - The Front Bottoms - Weatherbox
Saturday, February 23 - BSM presents – DADA - Jerad Finck - 7Horse - The Royal Wigs
Sunday, February 24 - BSM presents - SWARM THE NORTH - Faith in June - Drop 42 - Defiant Children - Against Six - Horizon Set High - Sidewalks
Thursday, February 28 - BSM presents - US, FROM OUTSIDE - FROM ATLANTIS - Obscure Apareture - A Truth In Red - Along These Shores - Hillsmere
Friday, March 1 - BSM presents - Pale Discretion - 10 Blade - Yesterday War - From Russia With Love - Polaroid Rage - Enemy At The Gate
Saturday, March 2 - BSM presents - BACK TO NORMAL - Chasing Morgan - Velocity Theory - Brokenland Parkway - The Chance - Something More
Thursday, March 7 - BSM presents - SISTER SIN - Sin 4 Sin - P.U.S.H. - Via - Shokkher - As Of Tuesday
Friday, March 8 - INDEADNATION - Andy Belt - Highland Hill
Saturday, March 9 - BALLYHOO! - Wise Eyes - May Weather - Stacked Like Pancakes
Friday, March 15 - BSM presents - THE DEEP SEARCH - Bosley - Roll It Over - Lucy Paranomal
Wednesday, March 20 - THE SUMMER SET - We Are The In Crowd - Go Radio - For The Foxes
Saturday, March 23 - CINDER ROAD - Nightsbridge - Cyrenic - Mason Summers - Frenamie
Tuesday, March 26 - An evening with THE DEAR HUNTER - Naine Thieves
Saturday, March 30 - TALL IN THE SADDLE
For more information on the final performances at the Recher Theatre and to purchase tickets, please visit the Reacher Theatre website.