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The Makery At Mercury Studio

February 14, 2014
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Exciting news! Last weekend we opened The Makery at Mercury Studio, a permanent retail collective. We sell NC-made and curated goods and it’s beautiful. Our current hours are Thursday and Friday, 3p-8p, Saturday, 10a-8p, and Sunday, 1p-6p. Stop by and check it out next time you’re at Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer Street Garden, Fullsteam Brewery, or Motorco Music Hall. We’re in the brightly-colored building between Motorco and Geer Street Garden and we’d love to see you.

Want to get involved? Check out our kickstarter here and help us get the things we need to make this shop an even better place for Durham to connect with and support NC makers and curators.

The Monthly Gig You Need to Know About

January 20, 2014





Happy 2014! This year brings some pretty excellent changes to Mercury Studio. We have a new location and have also brought on a couple of people to help make our Listening Room events more wonderful. One of these is Sarah Schmader, a Durham resident with a penchant for writing and a love for local music. Here’s a piece she wrote about our upcoming year in Listening Room performances as well as our kickoff artist, David Wimbish.

Mercury Studio’s Listening Room: The Monthly Gig you Need to Know About By Sarah Schmader

For those of you “in the know”, Mercury Studio’s Listening Room is something you’ve kept your ear to the Durham dirt about for months now. But in this upcoming new year, the Listening Room will be revamping and coming back better than ever.

The premise will remain the same: on the last Friday of every month, a local musician will play the studio’s Listening Room. Tickets will be sold with a max cap of 50 people. You can still purchase the tickets advance tickets online, and we’re going to be creating Facebook events for each Listening Room, as well.

There are a couple of aspects that makes the 2014 Listening Room experience better than those in the past. First, Mercury Studio has relocated to an awesome new space behind Motorco. Second, we’re going to try to feature a local brewery with each local musician. We can’t promise this yet, but we can say we’re going to try our hardest to make it happen.

We’ve already got several of the Listening Room artists booked for 2014, with the year kicking off on Jan. 31 with David Wimbish. Usually playing as David Wimbish and the Collection, this first Listening Room of the new year will feature David playing solo, followed by a Q&A session. Hailing from Greensboro, David Wimbish and the Collection has a warm folky feel with haunting, thoughtful lyrics and rich instrumentals that make you want to drive through a field in a pick up truck at sunset. The Collection itself is made up on over fifteen musicians, playing instruments ranging from the glockenspiel to trombone to accordion. Seeing David solo to me would be comparable to seeing Connor Oberst without Bright Eyes. The lyrics and his voice are able to stand alone and shake you to your bones with an honesty anyone can relate to.

On their website, the bio describes the band as follows: “They bond with instruments and puns and play music that sounds a little like a train-hopping vagabond tripped over a drum-set and fell into the orchestra pit.”

Check out the event page for the David Wimbish Listening Room. To buy tickets for the show, go here. If you’re interested in playing the Mercury Studio’s Listening Room, please visit this page.

On behalf of Mercury Studio and myself, we’re very excited to get Listening Room 2014 rolling. We have several artists on the books and look forward to coming together as friends and fans in the new space, in this new year.

We’re Moving!

December 23, 2013

Exciting news, folks! Next month, Mercury Studio is moving to 401 W. Geer Street. Now, if you just jumped on Google Maps to see where that is, exactly, you may be thinking “Wait a minute, isn’t that Motorco?” Yes and no. Our new space is Motorco-adjacent.

Reasons this move is AWESOME:

We will have almost twice the space we have now, which means we will still have event space for rent and double the amount of desk and cafe memberships available. Know someone who would benefit from a collaborative and creative work environment? Send them this link. We will have the space to open a shop – a collaboration with The Makery. It will be called The Makery at Mercury Studio and will sell NC-made and curated goods, including books and music. Know a local vendor? Send them this link. Another benefit of the additional space: we can reintroduce art studio space! We currently have 1-2 art residency spaces available. Know someone looking for a studio space? Send them this link. We will join the fun and friendly business of the DIY District neighborhood: Motorco Music Hall, Parts & Labor, Fullsteam Brewery, Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer Street Garden, The Pit, just to name a few that we could hit with a rock, but we wont, obviously.

Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for news about our first open house so we can give you a tour of the new digs!

groundworkk is back!

November 28, 2013

To be creative or to not be creative? Whether you or not, you should definitely participate in groundworkk!

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Durham Art Walk, Durham Storefront Project Tour, and the DIY District Pop-Up Shop!

November 21, 2013
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Are you ready for the holidays? Are you in need of some holiday shopping? Then the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a must for you!

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