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Hexagon Space to Shutter in July

May 19, 2011
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Hexagon Space to Shutter in July

The Hexagon Space, for a time an indispensable DIY performance/gallery space in Station North, has announced that it intends to shut down July 1. A posting on its web site reads: Sorry folks.  We’ve lost our lease.  Effective JULY 1ST, 2011, The Hexagon Space location at 1825 NORTH CHARLES will be CLOSED.  It’s been...
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Carolina In My Mind: Casual Curious, Andrew Weathers Ensemble, and Us and Us Only at the Hexagon Space, July 28

July 29, 2010
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Carolina In My Mind: Casual Curious, Andrew Weathers Ensemble, and Us and Us Only at the Hexagon Space, July 28

Lately it’s occurred to me that I’ve caught a number of North Carolina bands coming through town playing shows with local acts. That in itself isn’t remarkable, since they’re only a few states down the coast, but time and time again every band that hails from North Carolina turns out to be pretty great....
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Considered: The Hexagon Goes ASCAP Free

February 3, 2010
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Considered: The Hexagon Goes ASCAP Free

| Image by Michaelus Byrnicus Until last week, the only thing particularly unique about the Hexagon’s decision to ditch ASCAP and the other performing rights organizations (PROs), was the public nature of it. It’s difficult to say how many venues, restaurants, and other businesses currently operate without PRO licenses, while playing or performing copyrighted...
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Hexagon Ditches PROs, Officially Becomes Non-Profit

January 25, 2010
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Last October, a rumor circulated that the Hexagon, a small and eclectic arts/music space in Station North, planned to ditch performing rights organizations (PROs), i.e. ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. It turns out that was premature, but not inaccurate. This morning, a press release arrived from the Hexagon declaring that the collective has decided to...
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Local Artists and Performers Organize and Respond to the Live Music Bill

March 17, 2009
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If the meeting last night at the Hexagon space on North Charles Street could qualify as entertainment under the proposed city council Live Entertainment bill—and given the presence of some 30 musicians, promoters, concert-goers, and people generally in favor of live entertainment, it is possible that it should—then anyone who lived within 10 blocks...
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Shut Down and Shut Up: New Documentary on Baltimore’s Unlicensed Music Venues

October 10, 2008
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Nicky Smith (the son of City Paper co-founder Russ Smith) has a short black-and-white documentary, Shut Down and Shut Up, circulating online right now that is worth a look. Basically, it’s him sitting down with the proprietors of the since-defunct Scarey Studios, Floristree, the Hexagon, Hamilton Arts Collective, the since-defunct Wham City, the Bank,...
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Hexagon Under the ASCAP Gun (updated)

September 8, 2008
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Here we go again. As announced in a MySpace bulletin yesterday by Dave Tat, scheduled to play last Saturday night at the Hexagon, the recently opened nonprofit/cooperative club was contacted last week by a representative from ASCAP. The rep wanted money for a license that, naturally, the bare-bones space doesn’t have. Dave Tat and...
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“The Lo-Fi Social Club Is Dead”

July 30, 2008
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“The Lo-Fi Social Club Is Dead”

| Image by City Paper Digi-Cam If you follow local venue politics–and why would you?–you already know this, but some weirdness and changes have been under way this past spring and summer at the Lo-Fi Social Club. Under circumstances that are still mostly unclear–which involve a few accusations from former employees about unpaid wages...
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