DIY venues are off-limits for me
From time to time, people ask me to cover shows that happen in DIY venues.
DIY venues (DIY is short for do-it-yourself) are under-the-radar joints run out of a warehouse or somebody's apartment.
Usually, they don't have live entertainment licenses, which means they're illegal.
And there are tons of them around town. Some really cool shows go down in DIY spaces, and I'd love to write about them.
But very bad things could happen if I did write about them ...
You see, various members of the Powers That Be read Midnight Sun religiously, looking for potential liquor/live entertainment license infringements. I have been approached by at least one member of the Baltimore City Liquor Board, who said Midnight Sun is a great resource for keeping tabs on local bars and clubs.
Plus, if I write about something in The Sun, I have to at least publish the address of the venue. That's a sure-fire way for The Man to come shut the place down.
This threat doesn't seem to stop other city publications such as Metromix, b and City Paper from writing about DIY spaces. Heck, even Rolling Stone wrote about local DIY venue Floristree. (For the record, I talked to Jason Urick of Floristree too -- but only after the Stone piece.)
But I'm sticking to my guns on this one. I don't want anybody to be shut down on my behalf.
(Photo of 2640, a legitimate DIY space run by the Red Emma's collective, by Algerina Perna/Sun photographer)