Thursday, July 07, 2011

If Not U2, Who?

With its doors scheduled to open this fall, the long road to the Silver Spring Fillmore's opening night is nearly an end, much to the chagrin of nervous neighbors, Birchmere backers and IMP's Seth Hurwitz. While the former JC Penney store on Colesville road is still a construction site, the venue's first official show announcement is scheduled for just over two weeks from today. They've even posted a countdown clock on the Fillmore's official website, where you can also register for email updates about upcoming shows.

There's been plenty of discussion over the past couple years on what performers will be booked at our new concert venue. Despite speculation in the comments section of this blog, the Fillmore's lineup will likely not be graced by artists of the stature of Jay-Z, U2, or Madonna, though these are acts under contract with Live Nation, the Fillmore's operator. Hopefully the schedule will at least feature a slate of solid mid-tier performers, though when I perused the Fillmore Charlotte schedule to get an idea of what acts we might expect to perform here in Silver Spring, nothing immediately excited me. With stops on the aniversary tours of both Queensryche and Cinderella, late-80's hair bands are certainly well represented. I might find the latter's show entertaining if for no other reason than the nostalgia factor, provided they still looked like this. (Spoiler: they don't.)

While many may be understandably ambivelent about Live Nation and their unholy alliance with Ticketmaster, the club's opening will be a pretty big deal for Silver Spring. When it happens, we'll have two entertaiment venues (along with AFI) unique to the D.C. area located right across the street from each other.

Stay tuned for updates once the initial lineup of shows is announced.

Click here to view all previous Fillmore coverage on this blog.


Springvale Roader said...

I can't wait. Much as I'd love to see U2 there, it's great to have a local venue that hosts smaller bands (and for us old-timey folks, 80's bands that are still hanging on).

Is there anywhere on Colesville for another Amsterdam Falafels to feel the hungry post-concert crowds?

Anonymous said...

Should be really awesome. That block of Colesville is pretty damn cool with AFI/fillmore/roundhouse theater/ray's/abol/da marcos/sabroso/kao thai. Now if only building owners would finally address the cosmetics of the storefronts and the county inserted a pedestrian median to cut up the 6 lanes of traffic....

Anonymous said...

The county can't do anything about Colesville, I believe, as it's a state route.

I agree that it really does need to be split up. I'd like to see a median that includes flower planters or something green, like Chicago does.

Clancy said...

While I wasn't terribly excited by the Charlotte shows, one stood out (in September, no less): TV on the Radio. If they played SS, I would be the first in line for tickets.

Danielle Meitiv said...

I'm hoping for An DiFranco and some of the country acts I've missed at the 9:30 Club.

Anonymous said...

Fillmore in Denver has Fleet Foxes coming up...

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