Lost is More at Space Mountain

Published on June 18th, 2014

Lost is More at Space Mountain

LOST IS MORE, SPACE MOUNTAINWith the recent change in ownership at Churchill’s, local free-wheeling musicians and performances artists are on the lookout for South Florida venues that allow for an anything-goes ethos. Feel like screaming profanities into a mic? Or, improvising with a synth app and don’t care if you mess up in the process –there’s a place for that, thankfully, and it’s called Space Mountain.

In December 2013, Alicia Apfel opened Space Mountain in an unmarked building in Miami’s Upper Eastside. She and creative director, Autumn Casey, devote the 1,000-square-foot space to niche m;usic — experimental, noise, punk, among other genres — and performance art, spoken word to collaborative gallery shows. Community happenings go on as well such as the recent science night for the environmentally minded folks.

The venue is like a free spirit that readily dismisses rules and regulations, which is unlike other bars, clubs and performance places around town. This summer’s, perhaps, largest and most unruly music bash is scheduled for Thursday, July 3. From 8pm-2am, “Lost is More” musical shindig will take over with a sweet lineup featuring nearly twenty noise-orientated acts. Two stages are set up for the performances. And each act will give short sets, offering attendees enough sonic variety to keep things captivating. Don’t like blitsy, bleepy electronic sounds or deafening distortion of one act? You won’t have to wait too long to hear something else.

Lost is More at Space MountainBut one thing that is certain, the night will bring on chaos and escapism all in the name of having a damn good time. Noise pioneer Rat Bastard closes out the show, and international performance artist Kenny Millions takes the stage around midnight. Millions has moved his “Be Creative or Die” event from Churchill’s to Space Mountain, hosting it there on the first Wednesdays of every month.

Wicked Playground kicks off the evening just before 9pm, Michael Feathers will appear, and iPad music maker Adam Matza will give a solo show. Also on the bill are Greg Alvarez, Eddy A Alvarez & Juju Pie, rover hook (Teresa Liberatore,) The Dot Dot Dot Orchestra, Zira (Ed Artigas,) Human Fluid Rot, Ed Matus, Kenny Millions, Steven Bristol with drummer Ed Malone, Kenichi Ohme, Sharlyn Evertsz, Rat Bastard (Laundry Room Squelchers) and Xela Zaid. Emcee Benjamin Shahoulian will ensure the show flows, well, along.

Adam Matza, the event’s appointed mouthpiece, says (for those unfamiliar) experimental music can include any number of sounds – jazz elements, ambient, feedback and so on. “It’s a wide palate,” he observes. Attendees are welcome to bring their own refreshments. Cover is five bucks and the proceeds go directly to support Space Mountain. It’s a nonprofit and the founder doesn’t use grant money to keep the place’s organic freedom intact.

Lost is More gets underway 8pm Thursday, July 3 and rattles on until 2am at Space Mountain, 8363 N.E. Second Ave., Miami. Visit Spacemountainmia.org. Cover is $5. RSVP

(times and artists subject to change for absolutely no reason)
8:40 – Wicked Playground (rear stage)
9:00 – Greg Alvarez (front stage)
9:20 – Eddy A Alvarez & Juju Pie (rear stage)
9:40 – roover hook (Teresa Libertore)
10:00 – The Dot Dot Dot Orchestra (rear stage)
10:20 – Michael Feathers (front stage)
10:40 – Kenny Millions (rear stage)
11:00 – Human Fluid Rot (front stage)
11:20 – Zira (Ed Artigas) (rear stage)
11:40 – Ed Matus (front stage)
12:00 – Adam Matza (rear stage)
12:20 – Podkast (Steven Bristol w/Ed Malone) (front stage)
12:40 – Kenichi Ohme (rear stage)
1:00 – Sharlyn Evertsz (front stage)
1:20 – Xela Zaid (rear stage)
1:40 – Laundry Room Squelchers (wherever he wants to play)

~Andrea Richard