There’s a new all-ages venue in town. Starting next month, Lamppost Warehouse in Linda Vista (5444 Napa St.) will begin hosting live music. The first show is on Nov. 14, and will feature Modern Baseball, Pup, Jeff Rosenstock and Tiny Moving Parts.
Soda Bar talent buyer Cory Stier, who also books all-ages shows at The Irenic in North Park, says that a lot more shows are in the works, and the owners of the venue have been interested in a partnership for a long time.
“They reached out to us initially and said ‘check out this place,’” he says. “It’s been in motion for some time. It took some time for it to come together.”
Lamppost Warehouse is part of the Resolved Church and will operate similar to how The Irenic does. Both venues have catering licenses that would allow them to serve beer and wine. Most all-ages venues legally can’t. However, Lamppost is bigger than The Irenic. Its capacity is around 600 people compared to The Irenic’s 400. There’s also more flexibility in what kind of shows it can host.
“It’s much like the Irenic in that it’s church-affiliated, but they keep it separate,” Stier says. “It’ll be a diverse lineup. The Irenic doesn’t like to do hard-edged shows, so with Lamppost, we can do that kind of stuff.”
Most of all, Stier is enthusiastic about the possibility of being able to draw more touring acts to San Diego that might otherwise skip the city because of the lack of midsize all-ages options for live music.
“With the size of it—the Belly Up is right about that size—we’ll end up doing a lot of the bigger all-ages tours,” he says. “Hopefully that’ll fill that void.”