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|About||On the second floor of the scrappy downtown warehouse, 25 bands and three artists plied their craft in cheap and unremarkable digs at 65 Walnut St. They shut down the operation and the bands moved out at the end of June 2006.|
On the second floor of the scrappy downtown warehouse, 25 bands and three artists plied their craft in cheap and unremarkable digs at 65 Walnut St. Rooms rented for $200 to $350 per month and tenants could make over their space, usually hanging art, posters or photos.
Jam Rooms existed more or less off the radar. Tucked behind several warehouses and next to businesses, it was a site few knew about, outside of the local music circle. Bands learned of it by word of mouth.
Ron Vargas started managing the business in November and began by cleaning up the spaces and renting out more of the unused rooms. The Jam Rooms was preparing to add more rental spaces on the third floor.
The cleanup attracted more bands, though, and more bands brought along more visitors.
In many ways, the low-key enterprise - aimed at serious-minded musicians - was a victim of its own success. The warehouse drew attention in May, when an illegal three-band show drew 200 people and filled the parking lot.
Police, assisting the Fire Department, broke up the performance at 11:06 p.m., sending music lovers home after the first set, according to Detective Michael Crane.
They shut down the operation and the bands moved out at the end of June 2006.