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UPDATE: Recher Theatre to become Torrent Lounge

February 13, 2013
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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

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.purves.165 Mike Purves

    I am sorry to hear of the change of venue……I loved going to concerts there…..we live in st marys county and couldnt go as often as we would have liked to….but there is no replacement for live music…dj music sucks in my opinion….I can listen to albums myself and dont have to go out to listen to music that is recorded…….I hope you make lots of money not providing a place for music makers to perform…..you wont see me there….hope to make it for the last hurrah on the 31st…….

  • Justinone

    I think when you treat the local bands that play there and the fans who come to see them like pieces of dirt(the staff), word spreads quickly and a bad taste in many folks mouths turns into many more. Who wants to put up with all the bitching and complaining? Not to mention the acts of violence they get away with to the patrons in there is more than appalling. It’s down right illegal. If you own an establishment and one of these ‘roided out clowns resume hits your desk, better think twice about the liability of hiring these lunks. As far as the recher shutting down over all? Let it go folks, they reap what they sow.

  • Justinone

    I think when you treat the local bands that play there and the fans who come to see them like pieces of dirt(the staff), word spreads quickly and a bad taste in many folks mouths turns into many more. Who wants to put up with all the bitching and complaining? Not to mention the acts of violence they get away with to the patrons in there is more than appalling. It’s down right illegal. If you own an establishment and one of these ‘roided out clowns resume hits your desk, better think twice about the liability of hiring these lunks. As far as the recher shutting down over all? Let it go folks, they reap what they sow.

  • Anonymous

    The Recher Theater closing is a sad day for the
    Baltimore music scene and those who love it. They are changing one of
    the cities most cherished concert venues into a Dub Step/Night Club.
    Dub step and DJ’d dance music are all welcome to join and
    have had their turn amongst the rock, country, hip-hop, rap, pop,
    reggae, jazz acts that have played at the Recher. These DJ/dance/dub hot at the moment trends will fade, they target a young generation and they bring nothing to Towson but more underage drinking and heavy drug abuse. Rock and Roll will live forever, Once upon a time the Recher’s
    loved the music they brought in and put their heart and soul into it.
    The owner’s brains have become clouded with the abuse of marijuana,
    alcohol, gambling and too much time in local strip clubs. If you don’t
    pay the best promoters you won’t get the bands that bring the money you
    are looking for. If you look the promoter that once made the Recher great, is still wildly successful and the Recher
    is not. (24/7 entertainment) People must be compensated for the work they provide. How many
    first concerts and great memories have been made at this venue?? It is
    known as the most acoustically perfect venue in the area, the place
    where all ages can go, and parents can go supervise from a comfortable
    distance. All of the memories, the love, the unforgettable moments will
    be gone because of the greed, forfeiture of contractual obligations,
    and inability of the owner to get his head out of his ass.

    This Easter for Christians will be the day to celebrate that
    Jesus lives again, but for those who view local music as their
    salvation, their holy grail, as the Recher closes its doors, it will be the day the music dies.

  • Janenoname

    Typically when local bands show up ON TIME, with the MONEY for the TICKETS they have pulled, are polite and mannerly to the staff enforcing the RULES, and don’t try to play over their set times, there aren’t any problems. It’s when wanna be rock stars think they are ENTITLED to things they are not conflicts arise. As far as size goes, you sound a little envious, try hitting the gym.

  • Janenoname

    Typically when local bands show up ON TIME, with the MONEY for the TICKETS they have pulled, are polite and mannerly to the staff enforcing the RULES, and don’t try to play over their set times, there aren’t any problems. It’s when wanna be rock stars think they are ENTITLED to things they are not conflicts arise. As far as size goes, you sound a little envious, try hitting the gym.

  • Justinone

    Not sure whether I shoot the steroids b for during or after I hit the gym. ? Funny how u didn’t even touch upon the abuse issue in there. Yer more than wise not to even try to go there.