Goodbye Sprout

Over the long weekend several live music hot spots closed their doors for business. When I got the news that Sprout was closing and throwing a huge goodbye show I knew I had to be there. I recently purchased a portable recording unit and figured I’d document the moment as best I could and pair the recording with my photos. The show spanned over seven hours and at least 12 bands performed. Everyone played as if it were not just the last show at Sprout but their personal last show ever. As the night went on more and more people crowed into the tiny former restaurant, and at some point around midnight the show almost got shut down. After most of the people were cleared out, staff and close friends cleaned up the giant mess of cans and bottles before the show continued with experimental and noise artists.

Over all this was one of the wildest and fun shows I have ever seen in Richmond. What a way to say goodbye!

Below you’ll find pictures as well as a small sample of the sounds heard that night. You can listen to the whole hour-long sound collage over on SoundCloud.

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  1. Brilliant as always, PJ!

    One hell of a night.
    Goodbye, Sprout!

  2. This is perfect – so glad you documented it the way you did. I’ll never forget that night!

  3. Katy "hairy arm bojangles(apparently)" Tompkins on said:

    This is so nice, thank you so much for these pictures and the audio recording of the night. It is such a nice way to solidify the memories of this great place we all will sincerely miss… Also….thanks for your camera being so great that it accentuated every hair on my very mannish…correction mammoth! looking arm! :) :) (good thing I heart jamie bigs times so I can look past all my hair and see a really nice captured moment) ……..but seriously this all was great, thanks again so much for putting so much of you and your time into this…very sweet! xoxox

  4. WOW….Had no idea you guys were closing…would have like to performed there one more time or just to be in the company of greatness would have been good too! To Laurie and guys have always been great to me ..i am glad that i can call u guys my friends..i know you’ll come up with something bigger and better!

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