Kinetic Playground

Ruth Buzzy - Paul

I got over the newish rock club The Kinetic Playground last weekend to see Ruth Buzzy and The Ladies and Gentlemen. Metroblog’s own Tom was there, too, and says he got a picture of me taking pictures. Meta-tastic.

The Kinetic Playground is a) very dark, even by rock club standards, so I was playing around with long exposures, and b) interesting, design-wise. That is, I’m given to understand that the Kinetic Playground is a revival of an old (60s and 70s-old) rock club (or at least of the name) where Led Zeppelin, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, and Frank Zappa all played. The design of the club’s logo and the outside of the place reflects that sort of heritage — all psychedelic and hippy-trippy.

Kinetic Playground

The inside, however, is all steel mesh and industrial and Ikea benches. I’m sure most people will be coming to see bands, but it’s still odd — someone who would be attracted to the design of the outside of the place would likely be put off by the coldness of the interior. And someone who was looking for a stylish club like the interior would like pass right by the hippy vibe given off by the exterior.

And anyone who actually wants to see the musicians in a band will be turned off by how freakin’ dark the stage is! For reals.

3 Comments so far

  1. steven (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    Nice shots, Fuzzy.


  2. Attendee (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    I was at that show too and the vibe is pretty cool. I have no idea what it looked like back in the 60s and 70s before it’s reopening, but the interior is a pleasantly trippy. Did you notice the sound? I was sitting in the back(behind the sound board) and had a normal conversation while the band was rocking. And I didn’t need to scream “WHAT?” every other sentence. Apparently they put sand in the walls to deaden the room. A sound engineer friend if mine said “It’s like the whole room is a board recording”. Interesting


  3. Fuzzy (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

    Yes, I should have said that the sound was great. Maybe the sound guy was a little too fiddly on the ol’ levels, but overall, very good. There was a sense of Rawking and Volume, without actually being Way Too Loud.



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