“There are surprisingly few venues in the area, especially in Takoma Park, which has always had a big music culture,” said Danny Wells, the restaurant’s chef and partner who grew up in the area and lives nearby. “Takoma Park misses having that in the community.” Republic, which is still under construction at 6937-6939 Laurel Ave.,will have two spaces suitable for hosting local bands: A front window for smaller acts, and a larger back patio with a garage door that opens the space up to the rest of the bar and restaurant. Wells is waiting until the space is a little more finished to test the acoustics, which will determine the types of bands that he’ll be able to accommodate.He’s working with the nearby House of Musical Traditions to identify bands that would be a good fit. Republic is designed with the preferences of Takoma Park in mind, Wells said, down to the name: Given the neighborhood’s independent streak, locals have long called the it ” the Republic of Takoma Park .” That means a wide selection of vegetarian dishes to appeal to the neighborhood’s meatless eaters, as well as a raw bar, which is what people expect of the seafood-focused Black Restaurant Group, which also owns Pearl Dive and BlackSalt , among other restaurants. Wells also plans to have elevated bar food for late-night concertgoers. “It’s going to be a step up from what most people get when they go listen to music,” he said. The restaurant, which will seat 70 plus an additional 20 on the patio, is being decorated in what Wells called “Takoma style,” a manner of decor that is “hard to put into words.””It’s a unique community,” he said. “It’s offbeat and eclectic and our design intent follows that vein.” Maura Judkis is a reporter for the Weekend section and the Going Out Guide. Some of her other publications have included U.S. News & World Report, TBD.com, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper and the Onion A.V. Club. Follow her on Twitter . The Post Most:Entertainment
The MFE Award honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary efforts to cultivate the power of music as an educational and community building tool in Lancaster County. Harvey is being recognized for his work on behalf of Millersville University as Director of the Ware and Winter Centers. “Harvey has done an amazing job in transforming both the Ware and Winter Centers into true, vibrant community arts centers”, said John Gerdy, founder and Executive Director of Music For Everyone. “His ability to instill a spirit where everyone, regardless of background, feels welcome in exploring and experiencing music and the arts is truly extraordinary. It’s a great example of using the power of music to build community. Lancaster o Wes Har vey a big debt of gratitude for his tireless work on behalf of music and the arts in Lancaster.” “The MFE Award is a fitting tribute to Harvey, who has assisted and advanced music programs to the citizens of Lancaster, especially young people,” said Roger Bruszewski, VP for Finance and Administration at Millersville University. “It has been a pleasure to work with him and witness the lives he has touched. Harvey understands the importance of music and the arts and how it makes our community a better place.” “I am thrilled and surprised to receive this award. I have long known the power of music as I grew up in a musical family. It’s what kept us together and gave us strength,” said Owen. “Supporting music in Lancaster through my work at the Ware and Winter Centers is something that comes naturally.
Music For Everyone Presents Fifth Annual ‘MFE Award’ To Harvey Owen, Director, Millersville University’s Ware and Winter Centers
If you’ve never used a streaming music subscription service like Rdio or Spotify , understand that it’s not Pandora ( P ). You don’t pick a song or artist and then let the service build a randomly-generated playlist for you. Instead, for $10 a month, you have unfettered access to an online jukebox with tens of millions of songs. What really separates Rdio from the competition is its social backbone. You can follow friends, strangers, musicians, businesses, etc. and get a sense of what they’re listening to. Rdio will also recommend songs and artists for you to check out based on your friends’ interests. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you’re not quite sure what to listen to, this feature is one of the best in helping you figure it out. Another standout Rdio feature is the ability to build an online library full of “your” tracks. With rival services, having your favorite music in front of you means scrolling through hundreds of playlists in the sidebar of the app. It’s less than ideal. Rdio instead presents your collection as a highly visual array of album thumbnails that can be sorted in a variety of manners.