Remembering the Vineyard Community Space

>> Rochester said ‘see ya later’ to beloved DIY music venue Vineyard Community Space this past Thursday and Friday night in a two-part concert. A total of 10, local, musical acts came together and put on an amazing finale. 836 S Clinton Ave has been the home of Vineyard for over eight years, and now the time has come for them to begin their search for a new home.

Vineyard Community Space has served as a site for Christian spiritual practices, art shows, comedy shows, and of course DIY music shows with every event being all ages, pay-what-you-wish donation-based, and drug/alcohol-free. Over the years, the events have been organized by Vineyard community members such as Alex Talavera (aka Hieronymus Bogs), Adam Kramer, Tim Avery, and Paula Cummings. However, in this upcoming chapter of DIY space running, Vineyard hopes to empower members of the music community to truly take over and make it their space.

The reason Vineyard has been able to operate so freely is because it is backed by, & run in the space rented by Monroe Park Vineyard church - one of many in the larger Vineyard church community. Robin Lindley, pastor of Monroe Park Vineyard graciously spoke about the hopes and vision of the future of the Vineyard music community. “Vineyard has loved sponsoring these shows over the years, but now we want to empower the members of the music community to be involved going forward with seeing this continue. I personally would live to see a music collaborative come from this transition.” She continues: “There are a lot of young people who would do a fantastic job promoting and running the shows, and I’d love to see more variety and creativity emerge from this community.”

Vineyard is still in the process of securing a new location and space for the future church/venue. Ideally, they would love to be in a neighborhood where they can actually be good neighbors to those around them - a handicap accessible space with multiple restrooms, ample parking, preferably on a bus line and hopefully where noise complaints and supposed violations won’t happen; one of the biggest reasons they have decided to leave their current location.

The 10 musical acts that performed for these final shows were: Starting Anonymous (indie, solo), Roselove (bedroom pop, solo), Troubleshooter (melodic post-hardcore), Borrowed Time (hardcore), and The Weight We Carry (hardcore) on the first night. Night two showcased: Kyle Waldron (indie rock), 20Something (pop-punk), Full Body (alt-punk, loud) and a concluding battle set between Druse (post-hardcore) and California Cousins (emo-punk, math rock). It was truly an amazing two-part night where members from different music genre communities came together for one unifying purpose: paying homage to a support-filled space where many musicians (including Roselove and Full Body) got to begin their musical careers. Not everyone was able to brace the intensity and energy of the nights as varying sentiments were shared, tears were shed, and speeches were given, including a call to direct action given by Tim Avery. This won’t be the last of the Vineyard Community Space, and hopefully, the issues and struggles they’ve endured won’t even compare to the awesomeness that is in store for the future of the community. <<