(03/19/14) - Flint's Local 432 is looking to Kickstart its way to a long and loud stay at its current downtown home near First Street and Buckham Alley. This week, the all-ages music club launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal of $2,500.
"It's been a phenomenal response. We've had people from all over the country donating to us. Within 12 hours, we already hit our goal," said Danny Moilanen, Flint Local 432.
That money covered the cost of some power amps, and now the Local hopes to reach $5,000.
"Now we're shooting for higher. We want to make this one of the best venues that exists in Michigan. That's our goal," Moilanen said.
Since 1985, Flint Local 432 has been the spot for up and coming Mid-Michigan bands to rock out - and hopefully catch a big break. It closed for six years before re-launching in 2012.
"I was here when we weren't open and the music scene almost died. We need a place to incubate the young bands," Moilanen said.
The club is a 501 3C non profit under Red Ink Flint. It's staffed by volunteers and now hosts a wide variety of music, comedy and artistic performances.
"We just run by what comes through the door. Anywhere from $5 to $8 a show. We're all ages, so we just sell water and candy bars, so that's our entire income," said Chris Everson, Flint Local 432.
That income isn't enough to maintain the club's equipment, which is beginning to show its age.
"We're just trying to make it sound and look better. We've been using some of the PA gear we started with 15 to 20 years ago. We need speakers, we want new lighting," Everson said.
Flint Local 432 is hopeful that these upgrades can come in time to kickstart a big spring schedule of shows.
"We've got Chiodos coming up in April, which is a group of some true Flint Town legends. We really want young people and young bands to play this stage and feel like they're rock stars. That's our goal," Moilanen said.
For more on Flint Local 432 and its Kickstarter campaign, click HERE.
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