Gig Alert: Phoenix Project Benefit At Reno's Chop Shop

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Tonight, Reno's Chop Shop in Deep Ellum has a great lineup of punk and punk-influenced local acts that includes Rocket For Ethiopia, Warcola, Division of Power, Sleep As The Enemy, Just Another Consumer and Embolization. Even better than the bill is the cause.

The Phoenix Project is a DIY space currently under construction at 406 S. Haskell. We'll have more on it in next week's print supplement to DC9, but here's the general idea: It will be a grassroots community co-op space somewhat modeled after 1919 Hemphill in Fort Worth. The vision includes holding music and art events, renting rehearsal spaces, holding progressive social organization meetings, growing a community garden, offering a radical books library and possibly including a storefront. It was originally planned for an October 2008 opening, but the building burned to the ground before the project could come to fruition.

The building is being rebuilt by its owner with the help of volunteers; all volunteer labor is prorated toward the Phoenix Project's lease, said Jessica Luther, the former Bar of Soap booking agent who is spearheading the project. Donations and benefit proceeds will go toward furnishings and essentials such as air conditioning and kitchen equipment.

The way tonight's benefit came together exemplifies the cohesiveness that Luther and other Phoenix Project volunteers like Sleep As The Enemy's Kendall Counts hope to promote. The lineup was already scheduled as a regular show, but members of the bands were so impressed by what they learned about the space from a previous Phoenix Project benefit that they decided to make tonight's show a benefit as well. Cover is $8 for 21 and up, $10 for 18- to 20-year-olds.

Also, Spiral Diner in Oak Cliff will be the host of a swap meet and vegan potluck 7 p.m. Sunday, with free booth setup and raffle prizes. More details are at the Phoenix Project MySpace page.

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