De La Luz closed | MUSIC: Durham-Chapel Hill Line | Indy Week


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

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