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Communication Soft Open

  • Communication 2645 Milwaukee Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

A new all-ages space on the east side meets the neighborhood with a night of music and conversation. Info

  Communication's main founders are, from left to right: Jennifer Bastian, Mollie Martin, Tessa Echeverria, and Spencer Bible. Photo by Ryan Minard/courtesy of Communication.

Communication's main founders are, from left to right: Jennifer Bastian, Mollie Martin, Tessa Echeverria, and Spencer Bible. Photo by Ryan Minard/courtesy of Communication.

Communication is a new collaborative arts space opening up on Milwaukee Street that aspires to answer the diverse needs of Madison's evolving creative community. A soft open means that the venue isn't officially operating at full capacity, giving the venue a chance to experiment and giving audience members a chance to get to know the space. Communication's founders eventually hope to provide opportunities for Midwestern visual and performance artists, including studios and gallery space, as well as offering a community-driven venue for music. Communication is also opening its doors to all-ages guests, meaning they will provide a sober arts space.

"We want to create a space that is not for one community of people," says artist Jennifer Bastian, one of the space's founders, "but that integrates communities and is for everyone." Bastian and the space's other founders will also be on hand to give tours and answer questions. "The goal of the soft open is to start a dialogue between Communication and the neighborhood that will be involved in its development and growth," Bastian says.

The night begins with tunes from DJ Lauden, who reliably reaches into dusty corners of electronic music, hip-hop, and R&B. CNL (Claire Nelson-Lifson), of Madison bands Proud Parents and Cool Building, will perform a solo set of their introspective and guitar-driven solo music. Midas Bison headlines the evening, with their sugary-sweet experimental pop interwoven with confessional and personal stories about queerness. There is a suggested $5 dollar donation. Hear more about Communication on the Tone Madison podcast—Reid Kurkerewicz

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