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A Sudden Chorus: The up-and-coming bands on the underground music scene

It's a balmy but cooling Saturday night in Birmingham, and at The Spring Street Firehouse, the city's long-time bastion for the liminal and marginalized in music, two touring bands and a local opener are hauling their massive amplifiers, snaking cords, cables, and guitar cases inside, onto the small stage. Teens and young adults of any given style and social stratum mingle in the gravel courtyard, wandering up from the darkened vacant lot used for space to park. You could call this place a hole-in-the-wall, but this would on the one hand be something like a compliment and on the other wholly inaccurate, an insult to a storied communion, a place where weekly the ardent and disloyal, the true lovers and ascetic passionate gather for whatever may come--many simply to support the scene. This has been going on for years in varying venues, but now, it's The Firehouse's turn.

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Downtown gains new gallery space

Upon entering the gallery space at Ground Floor Contemporary, one is immediately struck by a sense of openness and light. Just about every surface from floor to ceiling in the cavernous room is a clean pearl white, highlighting each of the pieces hung on its walls.

Located in the space formerly occupied by Space One Eleven, Ground Floor Contemporary grew out of a somewhat storied collective of artists, known as 21st Street Studios. The group has been led (remotely until now) by painter and installation artist Sara Garden Armstrong, who, for the past 35 years, has lived and worked in New York City, where she made her name as an artist. Originally from Birmingham, New York became her home away from home because of a certain spirit, a passionate engagement.

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