CultureMap Austin -- A DIY music and arts space is set to move into Antone’s live music club at Fifth Street and Lavaca streets and open by April 1, 2013, CultureMap has learned.
The space will be known as The Infest and is being opened by Michigan natives Ben and Chelsea Riseman, who had been in talks over the summer to move into the former Emo’s location on Red River. That deal fell through in August, opening up the chance to move into the iconic blues and rock club Antone’s, which is closing due to declining attendance in recent years.
Riseman, 30, ran a similar space, called Project Infest, out of a converted Los Angeles warehouse from 2009 to 2011 but had to close down that operation because of difficulties gaining permits. While live music heavily focused on punk rock was a big ingredient of Project Infest, the space also featured open mic nights, art exhibits, plays and even, on some occasions, massive games of community dodge ball.
Riseman said a similar spirit will inhabit the former Antone’s space, which he plans on keeping mostly in its current configuration.
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