With these new venues and a slew of other that have opened up around Philadelphia, it's become increasingly difficult to book bands who want to play the church. @IMPOSEMAGAZINE. Yacht & White Fang Sunday, Sept. 21 7:30 p.m. doors/8 p.m. show, King Tuff & Cassie Ramone Tuesday, Oct. 7 8:30 p.m. doors, Iceage & Helm Friday, Oct. 10 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, Citizen, You Blew It!, Hostage Calm & True Love Saturday, Oct.11 7 p.m. doors/7:30 p.m. show, Com Truise & Rone Wednesday, Oct. 15 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, Merchandise, Ninos du Brasil & Anxiety Hammer Tuesday, Oct. 21 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, Dads, Tiny Moving Parts & Nai Harvest Thursday, Oct. 23 8:30 p.m. doors, Boysetsfire, Tim Barry, War on Women, Unwed & Pulling Punches Saturday, Oct. 25 7 p.m. doors/7:30 p.m. show, David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet & David Dondero Wednesday, Oct. 29 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, This Will Destroy You, Future Death & Silent Lamb Time Machine Saturday, Nov. 1 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, TTNG, Emma Ruth Rundle & Mylets Sunday, Nov. 2 7 p.m. doors/7:30 p.m. show, The Dismemberment Plan & Priests Friday, Nov. 7 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, The Rural Alberta Advantage & July Talk Wednesday, Nov. 12 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show, Restorations, Cayetana, Three Man Cannon & Hurry Saturday, Nov. 15 7 p.m. doors/8 p.m. show, Pig Destroyer, Dropdead, Fight Amp, Ultramantis Black Saturday, Dec. 20 8 p.m. doors/8:30 p.m. show. Still, its hard to say goodbye. This is heart breaking for me. Those will continue to happen as normal. Missing live music? philly lovelovelove bands have played over the years. With Death By Audio set to close in November, it seems that a sizable blows been dealt to the DIY community lately. Add that to the increasing number of venues cropping up in the city, and R5 is having a harder time booking bands who want to play in the sweat cellar at First Unitarian. Or perhaps the waning of one.

As you likely know, we (r5) have booked thousands of shows at The First Unitarian Church since 1996. The next few weeks will be the last big run of shows in the Church basement. Hellos - We have some sad news to pass along.

Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, At The Drive In, TV On The Radio, the xx etc. Boston Hassle Fest 6 approaches, launches Waynes World Indiegogo campaign with updated line up, Tweets by Since 1996, R5 has booked underground acts of varying rapport at the Church, some of whom went on to become big names(Arcade Fire and the xx, among others). of punk/indie/etc. Within the past few years, the DIY show promotions agency has opened up two new Philly venues, Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle. Read a message from R5 below. These bands now sell out stadiums on current tours. Some unfortunate news for concertgoers in Philly today. Tags: first unitarian church, Philadelphia, r5, r5 productions. Those will continue to happen as normal. The R5 Church Carpet Vans retail for $90, and you can order them here. So over the next few weeks, this will be our last big series of shows at the church. You can still look forward to seated shows in The Sanctuary and the smaller Side Chapel. Photo by Daniel Topete. 2022 Lonely Planet. We still plan/hope to do shows on Saturdays and Sundays moving forward. So are we. They say there will still be occasional shows in 2015, but these last 2014 shows are their "last 'hurrah' so to speak." The building was designed by the great Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, whose dad was one of the ministers here. Prousts madeleine, if you will, but make it punk, make it stinky. Proceeds from the sale of these custom shoes will benefit our hard working staff during the shutdown, said the R5 folks in a post. All rights reserved. First Unitarian was a friendly and intimate space, perhaps the only drawback beingas R5 Productions is quick to point outits lingering scent of ginkgo balls. Even Ryan Gosling came through to play at the now infamous venue. In a few weeks an after school group will begin to use the basement hall which will make our ability to host shows on weeknights extremely difficult. Since 1996, R5 Productions, a local DIY show promotions agency, has been putting on super intimate, low-key and unique shows in the basement of the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (2125 Chestnut St.), allowing crowds to see up-and-coming bands and artists in a way they'd likely never experience again.

Take a quick look below for our remaining church shows in 2014. The folks at R5 dropped a hint last week when they changed their Facebook profile pic to a snap of the pockmarked, kindergarten-gone-very-awry stage rug at the First Unitarian Church which, to a certain generation of music fans, would have had to evoke quite a lot. Take a quick look below for our remaining church shows in 2014. Tons of good shows are coming up this year too, including YACHT / White Fang, King Tuff / Cassie Ramone, Iceage / Helm, Merchandise, Boysetsfire, David Bazan, The Dismemberment Plan / Priests, Restorations / Cayetana / Three Man Cannon / Hurry, Pig Destroyer and more. I have fond memories of a handful of shows in Phillys infamous First Unitarian Church basement, with itscharmingly dingy and dimly lit low stage. Hope to see you out at the church at some point this year.xo/r5.

We realize that limiting ourselves to just two days, there wont be many opportunities to present future shows in our favorite venue. The church heavily relied on our rental income for the basement hall and since we were no longer using the space as frequently as we have in the past, they understandably had to find a more permanent tenant. Well, if thats the road you went down, youre in luck and have a chance to help the R5 staff right now by purchasing what is sure to be one of the most Philly custom-Vans jobs to have ever come down the pike. As you likely know, we (r5) have booked thousands of shows at The First Unitarian Church since 1996. R5 Productions has announced that shows at the legendaryFirst Unitarian Church are mostly coming to an end after 2014 due to the space not being used as heavily by the promoters. We'll still have a show or two here or there but this is essentially the last big run. Note: Shows at the First Unitarian Chapel and Side Sanctuary will still go on as normal. R5 Productions have announced that the shows they've been doing at First Unitarian Church since 1996 will be coming to an end ("kind of"). Now its coming to the end of its run. So while the basement concerts won't be completely eradicated from R5's schedule they still aim to book shows on the weekend these next few weeks of performances will be the last of regularly scheduled programming. Subscribe to Lonely Planet newsletters and promotions. So over the next few weeks, this will be our last big series of shows at the church. No!!! Amelia Pitcherella is a contributor at Impose. R5 hopes to be able to continue hosting its basement shows on Saturdays and Sundays, but theyll be more infrequent. Read our Privacy Policy. ++ exclusive pics, The Antlers celebrated 10 years of Hospice at a Brooklyn church (pics, video), Bowery Presents acquires Phillys Electric Factory, renaming it, Philly councilman withdraws live music bill, bill proposed requiring artists playing Philly to share personal info with the police; petition launched against it. With these new venues and a slew of other that have opened up around Philadelphia, its become increasingly difficult to book bands who want to play the church. Its the end of an era. We are forever in debt to them. We realize that limiting ourselves to just two days, there won't be many opportunities to present future shows in our favorite venue. In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to open two dedicated venues, Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle. We encourage you to come out to a show, especially now that fall has arrived and it's the perfect church show going weather (aside from those gross ginkgo smell balls - we certainly wont miss those). Vegan chili was served during a couple of my visits, and it was the only church where Ill ever have the pleasure of seeing a guy walking around comfortably in a Pisschrist shirt. The Orwells at First Unitarian. PHILEBRITY IS A PRODUCTION OF DOINGREAT.CO - WHY BE DOIN GOOD WHEN YOU COULD BE DOIN GREAT. As of now, here's the schedule for upcoming shows at the First Unitarian Church. What other church would ever let a group called Pig Destroyer play a five days before Christmas? Thousands of your peers have already signed up. Or perhaps the waning of one. Hope to see you out at the church at some point this year.xo/r5, Shows At The First Unitarian Church Are (Kind Of) Coming To An End. We encourage you to come out to a show, especially now that fall has arrived and its the perfect church show going weather (aside from those gross ginkgo smell balls - we certainly wont miss those).The church has been and continues to be an amazing partner to work with for almost twenty years. Its on this rug, after all, that hundreds (thousands?) Despite the success of the small concert spot, the time has come for R5 to partially suspend entertainment in the beloved basement. It is the name of the game as DIY venues tend to be temporary, usually unsustainable, and rarely built to last. You can see what R5 has to say about the change and check for upcoming shows at First Unitarian on their website. Or, in this case, kind-of-goodbye. It's the end of an era. Well still have a show or two here or there but this is essentially the last big run. In a few weeks an after school group will begin to use the basement hall which will make our ability to host shows on weeknights extremely difficult. The agency announced today that due to increased bookings at R5's other venues, it's been increasingly more difficult to get bands to play the church, and, therefore, a more permanent tenant an after-school children's program will take over the space during the week. Check out this recent episode of The Philebrity Podcast, and subscribe here. One last thing, this does NOT include the seated shows in The Sanctuary or smaller Side Chapel. The church has been and continues to be an amazing partner to work with for almost twenty years. Updates sent straight to your inbox, YOU DONT HAVE TO LIFT A FINGER.

Copyright 2020, Impose Magazine. A bunch of now super famous and legendary bands got their first big break there. What other church would ever let a group called Pig Destroyer play a five days before Christmas?

A bunch of now super famous and legendary bands got their first "big break" there. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, At The Drive In, TV On The Radio, the xx etc. This basement, chapel and sanctuary of this high Victorian Gothic church is occasionally used by R5 Productions (www.r5productions.com) as one of the venues for their punk and goth rock concerts. One last thing, this does NOT include the seated shows in The Sanctuary or smaller Side Chapel. We still plan/hope to do shows on Saturdays and Sundays moving forward. The church heavily relied on our rental income for the basement hall and since we were no longer using the space as frequently as we have in the past, they understandably had to find a more permanent tenant. The venue has become an institution to the punk scene in Philadelphia. California residents do not sell my data request. First Unitarian Church Remaining Schedule9/21 - Yacht, White Fang10/7 - King Tuff, Cassie Ramone10/10 - Iceage, Helm10/11 - Citizen, You Blew It!, Hostage Calm, True Love10/15 - Com Truise, Rone10/21 - Merchandise, Ninos du Brasil, Anxiety Hammer10/23 - Dads, Tiny Moving Parts, Nai Harvest10/25 - Boysetsfire, Tim Barry, War on Women, Unwed, Pulling Punches10/29 - David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet, David Dondero11/1 - This Will Destroy You, Future Death, Silent Lamb Time Machine11/2 - TTNG, Emma Ruth Rundle, Mylets11/7 - The Dismemberment Plan, Priests11/12 - The Rural Alberta Advantage, July Talk11/15 - Restorations, Cayetana, Three Man Cannon, Hurry12/20 - Pig Destroyer, Dropdead, Fight Amp, Ultramantis Black, Robyns US tour begins soon ENTER TO WIN tix to all 4 dates! All Rights Reserved. In the last few years, we have been fortunate enough to open two dedicated venues, Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle. Case in point: The church has hosted monumental artists like Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons for crowds of merely hundreds. Here's what they say: Hellos - We have some sad news to pass along. Tickets are available at R5's site. We are forever in debt to them. Even Ryan Gosling came through to play at the now infamous venue. First Unitarian is such an important venue in the Philly music scene. No part of this site may be reproduced without our written permission. The hand stampers, the ticket scanners, guest list receivers, equipment lifters, email writers, the behind-the-scenes and on-the-ground people who work to help make all ages live music a reality..