Albany’s Newest Musical Melting Pot Offers Something For Everyone
In ongoing efforts to keep the music alive in Albany, musicians and promoters have teamed up to open “Three Forty – A Creative Group” in the space vacated by the Levee last fall. Sporting fresh coats of paint, genuine certified vinyl 33rpm ALBUMS on the walls, instruction rooms and a room offering CD and merchandise from local musicians, 340 – A Creative Group stands ready to fill multiple needs.
Since acquiring the facility at 2516 Dawson Rd owners Justin Andrews, Evan Barber and Jeb Tabb have been working tirelessly to aid the musical community in any way that they can. Offering musical lessons via a broad base of instructors and allowing local musicians to merchandise their products on site are but a few of their goals with this project.
A large area in the rear of the complex has been turned into a performance area that will showcase both local up and coming musicians and national artists. Offering space for only about 200 spectators ensures that audiences will be able to experience the performances in a small intimate setting. A trendy upscale seating area with modern couches and over stuffed chairs further emphasizes this relaxed venue. Beer and wine will be served at many performances, but the owners stress this will not be a ‘bar atmosphere’.
In keeping with their promises of uniting local musicians, Three Forty is hosting monthly ‘jam sessions’ which are open to ALL local musicians, regardless of their skills or affiliations with others. Believing that musicians in a community needs a place to incubate and grow, Three Forty plans to provide just that. These sessions will be offered on Tuesday nights, in an effort to not conflict with working musicians gigs or bookings. I believe this is a perfect opportunity for MUSICIANS to support local music by working together. Creativity breeds creativity and this monthly event certainly may become a weekly gathering if enough support is seen. I urge local musicians to get out and support this NO COST opportunity to jam.
I certainly look forward to seeing how Three Forty can help our local scene grow. I believe something like this has been needed for some time. If you are looking to start taking lessons or if you are an experienced musician looking to expand your network,make sure you contact these guys and get on their list. Only good things will grow out of this. Make sure you stay tuned to Albany Uncovered to keep up to date on all that is happening at this newest live music venue!