The Trunk Space finds new life as a pop-up venue, looks to the future


After the physical location closed in May, The Trunk Space hasn’t stopped its pursuit of local indie music, making a First Friday showing as a pop-up venue.

First Friday was only one of a few different pop-up shows The Trunk Space has hosted since May as a part of its new direction. The event was held at Grace Lutheran Church on the corner of Moreland and Third streets. Seth Kasselman played in the Sanctuary Room while There Is Danger, Language Barrier and Solomon Bobinac played in Hope Hall.

The Trunk Space’s owners decided to move from their Grand Avenue location after 12 years because “it didn’t feel like home anymore,” said Steph Carrico, co-owner of The Trunk Space.

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And so The Trunk Space is making music without a home. Finding different rooms — better suited for different styles of music — is one of Carrico’s favorite aspects from the pop-up shows.

The Trunk Space is currently looking into becoming a nonprofit organization to allow for shows purely based on donation, which the owners are doing with the pop-up events. Along with that, Carrico had ideas to begin a grant program that includes renting out studios and donating canvases to further help local musicians and artists.

“Trunk Space hasn’t really made money — it’s been a labor of love,” Carrico said. “I was trying to find a way to make it long-term sustainable. The logical step was a nonprofit.”

A pursuit of unusual spaces is another facet of The Trunk Space’s new strategy, popping up at places such as Bonus Round and The Newton. One goal for the venue is to book a show at a laundromat, Carrico said.

She said even when The Trunk Space does find a permanent location, they plan to continue organizing pop-up shows. Not only do the people behind The Trunk Space love the idea, but the artists do too.

“To me it just means that the spirit of Trunk Space which is like the DIY/DIT [do it together] mentality coming together to book elsewhere,” Nirantha Balagopal, member of the band Language Barrier, said.

Friday’s show was the first time they popped up at a church, and the owners said it may not be their last. The acoustics of a church were considered a strong spot of the location, and while the church was located just outside of the First Friday commotion, it still attracted a modest amount of people.

“We’ve had the idea to have the sanctuary open during First Fridays,” Brian Flatgard, member of Grace Lutheran Church said. “[The Trunk Space] can have the Hope Hall to have their traditional music stuff, and we can do some more meditative ambient experimental music in the sanctuary.”

Details on future pop-up shows can be found on The Trunk Space’s Facebook page and website.

Correction: September 5, 2016

Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this story misidentified Steph Carrico as male. It has been updated with the correction.

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