For Those About to Rock

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society searches for a new home.

Gabriella Souza - May 2017

For Those About to Rock

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society searches for a new home.

Gabriella Souza - May 2017

Aran Keating, Shannon Light-Hadley, and Debra Lenik of BROS. -Sean Schedit

Once again, a sprawling, mural-festooned Station North warehouse is ringing with the wail of power drills, the belting of high notes, and the cracking of Natty Boh cans—in short, the sounds of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society (aka BROS) bringing one of its dynamic creations to life.

Five months ago, work at their rehearsal and workshop space was abruptly halted when, citing safety violations, city officials shuttered the building known as the Bell Foundry, which was also home to about a dozen people. (The closure came days after a fire destroyed an artist-run warehouse in Oakland, California.) The BROS have since brought the headquarters up to code and moved back in. 

But the abrupt displacement underscored a need for the 8-year-old organization—known for boisterous, irreverent productions that chronicle characters like superhero Stardust Lazerdong—to find a new home, complete with a performance venue and room for educational opportunities. 

The BROS—which includes hundreds of volunteers who help with sets, music composition, and performance—is considering spaces all over the city, including downtown and Station North. Executive director Aran Keating is hoping for support from the city, and fans, to make it happen. (The BROS even released a digital greatest hits compilation as a fundraiser.) 

“I want to be the thing that your friends who are visiting from out of town have to check out. It’s something that doesn’t exist anywhere else, and it’s incredibly valuable for Baltimore to say it has long-term arts organizations that are stable but also crazy, dynamic, and weird,” Keating says. “In the same way that we love to wear John Waters or the American Visionary Art Museum on our sleeves, this is what Baltimore needs and should be cultivating.”





You May Also Like


Arts & Culture

The Walters Art Museum Prepares to Unveil Transformed Hackerman House

The Walters gives this 170-year-old Mt. Vernon mansion a makeover.

Arts District

Culture Club: Creative Labs, Nights on the Fringe, and Talib Kweli

Our monthly roundup of openings, events, and news from the art world.

MaxSpace

Review: First Reformed

Paul Schrader's exploration one priest's crisis of faith is quietly devastating.


Arts & Culture

The Beat Goes On

This bimonthly hip-hop gathering is everything that battle rap is not.

Arts & Culture

Book Reviews: June 2018

Dig into these reads about bipolar disorder and the civil rights movement.

Arts District

Step Inside the Ornate Rowhome of Late Artist Les Harris

Bolton Hill rowhome of the renaissance man is on the market.

Aran Keating, Shannon Light-Hadley, and Debra Lenik of BROS. -Sean Schedit

Connect With Us

Most Read


TLC, Toots and The Maytals, and ZZ Ward to Headline Artscape 2018: This year's theme-less free arts festival lets local and national art shine.

Open & Shut: The Local Fry; The Hoof Cafe; Monument City Brewing: The latest openings, closings, and recent news.

Review: Ocean's 8: Sandra, Anne, Cate, et al make this heist film better than it should be.

Six Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Baltimore: From free breakfast to craft quilting, here’s how to celebrate the black Independence Day.

Movie Review: Hearts Beat Loud: You’ll enjoy this lowkey charmer about a father and daughter who bond over music.