Get ready Providence, there’s a new music venue in town.
It’s located in a room that has seen different incarnations of itself, but has recently gotten a gorgeous makeover. The place is called Alchemy and it’s located on 71 Richmond St. on the second floor, where the legendary Jerky’s and the less admirable Providence Social Club used to conduct business. The new space is owned by Davey Moore of Midday Records, which just released the 20-band This Is Providence compilation, and the establishment promises to be a destination where local artists come first and everyone is treated right. Consider Alchemy to be another jewel in the crown that is the Providence music scene.
“I want this room to be a home to Rhode Island’s artists”, Moore tells Vanyaland. “Much like my approach with Midday Records, the artist will always come first. We won’t allow promoters who use pay to play schemes or any of its derivatives anywhere near the room.”
In cities all over the country and throughout the world where live music is a prime entity, stories of venues acting shady towards musicians are always floating around. With Moore at the helm, Alchemy will strive to be the antithesis of the sketchy side of live music by using fairness as a main part of the venue’s policy. Moore’s history with the Providence music scene and up-front business practices makes the space a good bet to thrive.
Alchemy’s first show will be October 10 with Toronto hard rock act Red Handed Denial sharing the stage with New Jersey’s Hampton Hollow, Boston prog-metalheads Caricature, and a newly formed band lead by former Most Dangerous Men Alive vocalist Ben Carter called Skies To Find. The venue’s official opening will also be a Halloween party happening on October 26 with Jesse Leach from Killswitch Engage and The Empire Shall Fall on hosting duties and spinning tracks all night long. Providence rock and roll badasses Pistol Shot Gypsy will also be performing that evening.
Other highlights of Alchemy’s imminent schedule include California psych-rock phenoms Cosmonauts headlining a show presented by the Providence Garage Fest on October 14 and Wolfstuff Presents bringing in Nashville garage rock fiends Pujol on October 23.
With so much happening so soon, it’s going to be awesome to see what the future holds for Providence’s newest music venue. Stay up to date on all their upcoming shows via their Facebook page, and feast your eyes on the venue’s sharp logo below.