Local Venue Attracts National Talent

Aug. 22, 2014

Music, art, and a one-car garage set the scene for a hotspot catching the eye of Charlottesville residents and national acts.

Sam Bush is the curator of The Garage on 1st Street, near the Downtown Mall. Bush helped found the space six years ago when a friend needed a gallery.

"It's a mix between private and public. Small, intimate space, but accessible with Lee Park right across the street," said Bush.

According to Bush, part of the charm of The Garage is that it catches people off guard

"A lot of people are walking by, on their way to a meeting, or walking home and stop and they hear beautiful music that they didn't expect," Bush said.

It's not just passersby The Garage is luring. What started out as a local spot now attracts the eyes and ears of musicians and artists.

"We get 20 or 30 emails each week from bands all over the country, and even the world, that want to play here because it's a unique space and artists really appreciate that," Bush said.

One such band is San Francisco duo Quiles and Clouds, who heard about venue from fellow musicians who played at The Garage.

"To have people walking on the street who can hear the music; it's beneficial to the artists, but it's also a really nice ambiance for the town. It makes the vibe here warmer," said band member Maria Quiles.

Bush says while The Garage's notoriety has grown, the goal remains the same; to play good music and showcase great art even where people least expect it.

Click on the link on the side to learn more about The Garage, as well as to see its calendar of upcoming performers.

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