Musicians, producers and do-it-yourself novices rejoice: the community workshop known as Jivemind Cooperative Music Labs officially opened her doors last week.
Founders Jeff Rose and Dustin Chaffin have transformed the old Bead Museum in downtown Glendale into a lean mean recording and rehearsal space machine. Jivemind officially opened for business on Monday, July 11, with an open house tour.
The pair had initially hoped for a March opening, but renovations to the building proved to be a daunting task once they got under way.
"When you're working on a project like this, stuff just takes time," Chaffin says. "After the construction crews left, it was just Jeff and I that had to do all the rest of the work. So we worked over 12 hours a day trying to get everything built and up and running. But a lot of work went into it."
Aside from ample playing space, the co-op also offers access to popular and rare instruments, resources for DIY musicians looking to record, and workshops. It's also a haven for networking with other music enthusiasts.
"We've got three workshops lined up right now," Chaffin says. "One for advanced rhythm techniques -- we're talking really complicated, mind-blowingly polyrhythms; a music theory and music history workshop to help get behind the music and see how it all works, and a beginners guitar workshop."
The fledgling company is also hosting a weekly jazz jam night on Thursdays. Tonight's session starts at 7:30 p.m. For a $5 cover you can check out the new digs and listen in, or even get down on some jazz.
A grand opening concert is still in the works, so we'll keep you posted.
Jivemind is located at 5754 W. Glenn Drive in Glendale. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Sunday.