Alex Goldstein, director of Barracks Row art gallery the Fridge, recently received a last-minute offer to throw an event at the Cave, an enormous warehouse/outdoor space off of North Capitol Street, NE.
"I was presented with an opportunity to use this warehouse from the NOMA bid," he says. "Its huge and awesome—6000 square feet, and the lot is the same size."
To fill all of that space, Goldstein organized Punk Jazz Street Art Trinity Test, a day-long, all-ages event that features visual art and music.
"Punk jazz street art is the idea—I wanted it to be in the tradition of D.C. hardcore shows of old that were all-ages, all-day for cheap," he says. "D.C. has a long tradition of that, and it seems to have died off, and I'm trying to personally revive all-ages shows."
Goldstein says the Fridge is "now an all-ages, all the time, no alcohol place," something he wants to bring to the music community, as well.
"I think, that’s why D.C. has such a legendary status, when it comes to music of the '80s, and why it was such an influential place," Goldstein says of youth access to live shows. "When I was 10 or 12, I got to go to hardcore shows, and that’s gone now."
To recreate the his experience of going to cheap, all-ages shows as a kid, Goldstein has priced Punk Jazz Street Art Trinity Test tickets at $5, and in addition to seeing visual art (which is being organized by Albus Cavus, attendees get to see both young high school bands and Dischord artists in the same place.
The main portion of the visual arts exhibition is from 4-7 p.m., says Goldstein (he will be spinning during that time block, as DJ Gold).
The up-and-coming bands are before that, from 2-4 p.m., and the established acts close the show, from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m.
The big names include the NOT (which includes members of Medications and Shortstack), New Atlantis Guitar Trio (members of Matta Gawa, Beefeater, All Scars, Fugazi, French Toast), and Collin Crowe.
The high school bands are the Hundred Acre Wood, the Miniature Bears, and the Dharma Bums.
"One band, the Hundred Acre Wood, includes one of my interns, who goes to School Without Walls," Goldstein says. "They pack them in—they've opened at the Fridge before, and a lot of kids turned out. I think most people coming will probably be from Wilson or School Without Walls. This is meant for all of us, but these guys are coming up now, and it's important for them to have a place to play and see shows."
Punk Jazz Street Art Trinity Test is tomorrow, from 2-11 p.m. at the Cave. Admission is $5.