Back Porch Music stage a new venue

Back Porch Music has developed a space within the music store that can be used for a variety of events such as concerts and clinics.

Although Dwight Erickson lacks a clear idea how the new venue at Back Porch Music will be used, he is confident it was a wise business decision to change the warehouse space into a location to showcase music.

“I’ve always thought a music store should do all it can to promote music, Erickson said.

Erickson is the longtime owner of Back Porch Music, 995 Independent Ave., where people buy instruments and tickets to local shows as well as take private lessons.

Less than a year ago, however, Erickson decided it was time to convert an underutilized warehouse space into an intimate, 49-seat venue where the store could hold its own shows, student recitals and more.

On Friday, July 27, Paul Reed Smith Guitars has a product demonstration and may use the space. Erickson is toying with the idea of having a jazz night Aug. 11. On Aug. 24, Taylor Guitar is coming through town also on a promotional tour and plans to use the new venue space. 

“To be honest, I’m not sure which direction (the venue) is going to (take),” Erickson said. “It can really be used for about anything people want to use it for in music.”


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