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Union Transfer set to join legendary Philly venues
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 07/13/11 1:39 am | updated: 07/13/11 1:39 am
After months and months of work and deals being worked out and locations scouted, it's finally a done deal. At 1026 Spring Garden St, most recently the site of the old Spaghetti Warehouse on the north edge of Center City, 'Union Transfer ' has officially been announced, with a month of shows starting this fall booked and ready to be played.

R5 Productions' Sean Agnew has been booking shows in Philly since the mid 90's at the First Unitarian Church, Kung Fu Necktie, Johnny Brenda's, The Troc, and many more along the way. This time he's a part-owner of a venue for the first time. Along with other owners local entrepreneur Avram Hornik (whose Four Corners owners 6 bars) and NYC based Bowery Presents (who books the Bowery Ballroom), Agnew looks to fill a void in the landscape with Union Transfer, but will still book at the other places in town.

The 600 capacity venue (expandable to 1000) will book mainly touring indie rock acts. The staging and sound system in the striking building offers more tech options than other sized spaces could before, and those acts passed Philly by on their tour schedule. Not to mention that UT is air conditioned. We all love a sweaty crazy show at the Church sometimes, but not all the time. They'll be booking both under and overage shows, so the 21- will get a chance to check out the place too.

Just looking at the lineup for the first dates already booked, and the tone that UT is setting for itself as a venue has myself excited for what this place can become and what it can do for the city. World Cafe Live opening a few years ago created a space around the same size that opened up an opportunity for great artists to want to stop in Philly and play. Hopefully, Union Transfer will allow that 600 or so drawing, rocking indie band to be able to check us off their map as well. With Agnew's experience and the Bowery's reputation, attracting great talent to Philadelphia is is good hands.

The first date is Wednesday, September 21 with Philly rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Tickets go on sale this Saturday.

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