UPDATE: Recher Theatre to become Torrent Lounge
The Recher Theatre, a family-owned rock club in Towson, will close in late March after 15 years. When it re-opens in September, the large space on York Road will be a nightclub called Torrent Lounge.
Brian Recher, who, along with brothers Steve and Scott, transformed the venue from a billiards room in 1998, said the move is a sign of the times.
“The scene now is DJs,” Recher told City Paper. “The live music scene is still good, but it’s down. . . This was strictly a business decision.”
The brothers began the transformation in December, when they turned the 2,000-square-foot “Green” room and patio into the Torrent Lounge. The room quickly took off in popularity, affirming the family’s decision to make a change.
Band performances will continue until the end of March, when construction will begin. The goal, says, Recher, is to reopen right when students at nearby Towson University are coming back to campus in the fall.
“I’ve had 15 years of incredible memories here,” says Recher, recalling shows by national headliners like Iggy Pop, Bob Weir, and Phil Lesh, and locals like Jah Works and the All Mighty Senators. One thing he will not miss, says Recher, is having his name on the marquee.
“My brothers and I never wanted to use the Recher name,” he says. “Two promoters at the time told us that was the thing to do, so we did it. I like being under the radar. I don’t need my name in lights.”
Coupled with the closing of Sonar last year, the demise of the Recher means a lot of bands, particularly the heavy bands and jam bands favored by both venues, might have a hard time finding a place to play.
As City Paper contributor and local music fixture Josh Sisk tweeted as the news spread, the closing “leaves a big hole for medium size live music rooms in Bmore.”
– Katherine Quinn