At three years, the milestones in human development are remarkable. There’s an overall experience of thinking, learning, social and emotional changes that are tremendous – and often magical – in their impact, all in the name of independence, exploring their new world and making sense of it. The same can be said for the Columbus Cooperative, as they light up the marquee on November 7 with Revival! and toast three years since reopening the Columbus Theatre.
From the advent of the Cooperative in 2012, the stages at the theatre have seen over 600 bands – from the bone-rattling soul of Charles Bradley, to the darkly cinematic no-wave of Swans; from the delicate torch-bearing of John C. Reilly, to the thickly sardonic wit of Fred Armisen – and all with a homespun quality of care and concern. “It’s important to us that the musicians and concert goers feel a connection to the theatre and want to come back,” says Tom Weyman of the Columbus Cooperative.
The Revival! celebration is ripe with excitement, as the celebration pours out of the theatre and onto the sidewalk of Broadway, with the barbershop and storefront at the facade transforming into performance spaces. In fact, the festivities span two nights, featuring a Pre-Vival! fete on November 6.
With the record of manifold acts, and the unwavering enthusiasm of the Cooperative, there are endless possibilities unfurling at their feet; for both the local music scene and the community at large. And with a recording studio – Eyeland Studio – up and running, they’re poised to shoulder this next stage in their tremendous – and often magical – development as a nerve center for the arts in Providence.
$20 in advance; $25 night of show. Doors at 6pm; show at 7pm.
The Columbus Theatre, 270 Broadway, columbustheatre.com