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April 29, 2008

Floristree is blushing

It's been a big month for Floristree.

The DIY art space was name-checked in Rolling Stone and Blender for contributing to the awesomeness of Baltimore's scene.

So I called Floristree member Jason Urick, who also plays in WZT Hearts, to find out what he thought of the props.

"It definitely caught us off guard a bit," he said. "I think it's more humorous to us than anything else at this point."

Urick hopes both pieces will help people associate Baltimore with positives like arts and music as opposed to drugs, crime and the Inner Harbor.

"I glad people think we've contributed something. we've definitely tried to contribute something to the scene. In the end, we're just doing what we're doing. The last thing we're after is attention."


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:03 PM | | Comments (5)
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It's a cool space, but they desperately need some fans or an AC window unit or something for the summertime. I was there in August, and I felt like Lawrence of Arabia crossing the Devil's Anvil on his way to Aqaba.

Alf, I believe they don't open their windows so as not to disturb the neighbors.

Sweating does a body good. I like the no-frills approach of Floristree.

Just a comment. It's great that the space is getting this type of press. I applaud what the people who put together the venue that is Floristree. I'm old and out of the scene now, but back in the day...that spot was jumpin' as well.

I don't know exactly which floor Floristree is on, but there has been music/performance art in that space/building for 10+ years. Starting with "The Source of Uncertainty" on the 5th Floor that used to host local shows that featured Live Alien Broadcast, Great Mutant Skywheel, The All Mighty Senators as well as out of town performers like Fighting Gravity and Nine Days and so many more that my head is spinning just thinking about the great music I saw there. That space also hosted art shows, theater and modern dance performances. I think I even saw a local stand up comic there once..albeit an amateur stand up comic.

The 6th Floor was called "The Penthouse" and used to also have great shows with the likes of The Penny Regime, Puddle, and Dingleberry Dynasty when they could fit in a space like that.

So, its great that the tradition keeps on keeping on and I hope that people remember that Floristree didn't just appear one day...it's been happening there for a very long time.

Floristree is the space that was The Penthouse. As one of the couple of people who built the stage and walls in that space and ran things when it was the Penthouse, I'm glad to see others carrying on what we started years ago. I haven't been there since it became Floristree but glad to see it kept alive. Also glad to see it's still hot as hell in the summer (even with the windows open.) We would just not do shows in August back then :)

Also it's worth mentioning things really started in that building with the Whole Gallery. Which is still there along with Gallery 4.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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