The Acoustic Space, a newer venue in downtown Salt Lake City, opened its doors as part of their ongoing Summer Jam Series 2016. The July 22 lineup included headliner James Junius and supporting musicians Andrew Goldring and Anthony Peña.
With aesthetic choices throughout the venue such as a custom-made bar in the back of house, artwork from Jimmi Toro and carved wooden furniture to accompany the acoustic foam panels lining the main room, The Acoustic Space has a unique studio/workshop/living room vibe.
As guests arrived to this Gateway venue, they were greeted by co-owners and operators Bob and Jacki Chilton. Guests were able to purchase a beer, soda or lemon drops and cinnamon candies at the rear of the venue while finding their seats. The stage was set with two spotlights front and center. Performers chatted in the green room just adjacent to the bar and loading entrance as people took their seats.
First to perform was the young musician Anthony Peña, who played a variety of original and inspired covers from select songwriters, providing guitar and vocals to these both English- and Spanish-language pieces.
Andrew Goldring, the second musician for the evening, took the stage in a standing position with an electric guitar in hand, bringing a noticeable change in pace. Providing a more rock n’ roll sound, Andrew continues the one-man, one-guitar setup as he swung from rock to acoustic-style ballads.
With a small break in between sets, the stage setup changed from a single stool or mic stand to a keyboard, guitar and a complex custom pedalboard. Accompanied by a projector and dance lighting, James Junius created unique and whimsical songs with combinations of guitar, vocals, synthesizers and keyboard, using reverb for creative effect.
Song after song and at the end of each set, applause burst from the small but enthusiastic audience.