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Rock Out With Your Co-Op

Rock Out With Your Co-Op

Enter The Co-Op, a new venue entirely devoted to all-ages shows.

Rock Out With Your Co-Op


Down to drink, jam and stroll? Then downtown Albuquerque is your rockin’ bar-hopping destination. But what if you’re a diehard music fan who’s under 21? There are plenty of venues with all-ages nights, but those spots also sling booze. Enter The Co-Op, a new venue entirely devoted to all-ages shows.   

Housed in the old Freed Company storefront (415 Central NW), a space that once traded in exquisite imported oddities was also the home of now-defunct all-ages Amped Performance Space. So far, The Co-Op is a hit with young music lovers. Recently, it was one of many national stops on the Three Headed Monstour with Hawthorne Heights, Mest and The Ataris, and tickets are already sold out for “Young Americans: An All-Ages Tribute to David Bowie,” happening Friday, March 11. Don’t despair, though: The Co-Op still has some great shows coming up.

Doll Skin members pose for a photo with Dave Grohl. (Courtesy of artist)

Doll Skin members pose for a photo with Dave Grohl. (Courtesy of artist)

Doll Skin hails from Arizona and when the foursome pops into Albuquerque on Saturday, March 12, the third stop on their 2016 tour, they’ll have played two shows in their home state, opening for legendary punk malcontents Dead Kennedys. That makes sense; although Doll Skin’s members are all teenagers, this all-female group is as loud, fast and out of control as their punk elders. Opening acts include On Your Doorstep, Sheep as Wolves and the Albuquerque School of Rock Performance Band. Doors are at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7. Tickets are $10 via holdmyticket.com.

On Tuesday, March 22, The Co-Op welcomes My Body Sings Electric, a poppy post-hardcore quintet from Denver whose crisp sound earned them a “Buzzworthy” nod from MTV in 2014. They share the bill with twin sisters Brooke and Brit of the duo Good Graeff. Brooke’s on guitar, Brit’s in charge of cello, and both sing. They can trace their roots to busking for tourists in Sarasota, Fla., but Good Graeff also has a loyal fanbase in Vietnam, where the sisters both moved to teach English and offer motorcycle tours. As ever, doors are at 6:30 p.m., with music at 7. Ten-dollar tickets are available at holdmyticket.com.

For more information about The Co-Op, visit facebook.com/coopabq.

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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