Three years after opening in the colorfully painted building on Main Street in Carrboro, Temple Ball Gallery and De La Luz closed at the end of July. Utilizing the building--the former headquarters for Orange Plumbing--for multiple uses, owner Rick Rameriz set up a visual gallery and shop in the front room with a spacious music venue and performance space, De La Luz, in the rear. De La Luz filled an important spot in the Triangle's live music scene. The space was no nugatory attempt at having a few bands play, but a mid-size venue that welcomed all stripes of music.
Scores of local rock, jazz and acoustic groups played there, as well as touring outfits that may not have found gigs elsewhere in the Chapel Hill area. The venue hosted avant-garde artists like Eugene Chadbourne and large-scale free jazz powerhouse the Peter Brotzmann Tentet. The walls inside were adorned with psychedelic art of '60s figures like Jerry Garcia and Wavy Gravy.
Rameriz has plans to continue his CD and DVD duplication services and a new music management project called De La Luz Music. In a warm farewell on the gallery's site, he hinted at upcoming projects, including a release of Wavy Gravy's performance at the gallery and a compilation of performances from Temple Ball/De La Luz. To keep up, visit www.templeball.com.
Rolling Stone still sucks
Lifestyle magazine Rolling Stone recently named the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area as the second leading area for "Schools that Rock." Seattle was No. 1. The list is the basis for a new "college guide" by Jan Wenner's publishing company. Schoolkids Records, CD Alley and WXYC all get shout outs. Read the entry at www.rollingstone.com/strnc.
Gerty Adds Former Butchies Drummer
Melissa York, former timekeeper for The Butchies, just joined the ranks of Durham synth-pop band Gerty. The band announced the change in an excited e-mail: "She pounds them hard and sets a super fine groove for our dance-y New Wave tunes. Don't worry, we'll still be using our tracks and samples as well." Her first show with them will be at the Troika Music Festival on Friday, Aug. 26 at Duke Coffeehouse.
The Sames on NPR's Online Music Show
Durham group The Sames were recently selected for NPR's online music community Open Mic, which allows viewers to vote on songs by unknown artists. The song "In Liberty Lights" was listed. To listen and vote, go to www.npr.org/programs/asc/openmic and choose Stage 95.