25-Oct-2012 (Thu)
Wherein this battle station is now fully operational.

On Tuesday evening, we held our first-ever event in the new Above DNA space: a semi-private party featuring performances by local bands Books on Fate and Happy Fangs (their second-ever show!)

If we didn't invite you, I am terribly sorry, that was an embarrassing oversight! Please stop by on Saturday or Wednesday to see it!

Anyway, it was amazing. It went better than I would have expected in my wildest dreams. Flawless victory. Here are some photos.

The plan had been to finish construction late Sunday night, spend Monday cleaning, and get a nice, long gear-check on Tuesday afternoon. As you might imagine, the reality was very different. Table saws and hammers were still in full effect late Tuesday afternoon, and someone had to go to the store and buy the audio snake about 30 minutes before the first band's sound check.

Despite this, both bands sounded fantastic, the lights looked great, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time! I sure did.

We have a really amazing staff here, and our construction crew (heroically wrangled by Devon over the last couple of months, give him a hand) really pulled it all together at the last minute, and made us all look like we might actually know what we're doing!

The new rooms are awesome. I can't wait until you see them.

Also, the soundproofing turned out shockingly well. Now that we have the duct liner all the way up to the second floor ceiling of the stairwell, once you've taken two steps inside the doorway it sounds like someone has closed the door behind you. You're halfway up the stairs before you're sure that there's a band on stage. Also it kind of looks like one of the interior Death Star chasms, so bonus points for that. And though you can see the band playing from the street, you can't hear them at all through the windows. Yeah, we might know what we're doing!

We started negotiating to buy the pizza restaurant in mid-2010, closed escrow on it in February 2011, and finally began construction upstairs in February 2012, so we've been at this for a bit over two years -- and we're finally done. I don't even know what to make of that.

And the Seven Days of Halloween begin tonight. Gird your loins.

7 Responses:

  1. phuzz says:

    This was a triumph!

  2. mahnamahna says:

    Heartfelt congratulations, and thanks for sharing the entire saga as it happened.

  3. Bill Paul says:

    I just hope you remembered to cover up that thermal exhaust port.

    • Steen says:

      I like how you think you're kidding when you say that. Epoxy filler is an amazing thing.

  4. Rick C says:

    "Table saws and hammers were still in full effect late Tuesday afternoon"
    So basically an episode of Restaurant Impossible. (Interestingly, when I copied that quote text above, the text box converted to green-on-black text. Be interesting to see what happens when I post the comment.

  5. Austinite says:

    Congratulations! The lighting up there makes for some great band photos.