As reported last month, The Dojo, the flagship of the all-ages punk scene, was closed due to noise complaints. Now, like a cicada emerging from its crusty shell, The Dojo has reemerged in a brighter, better part of town. From a new location in a once-abandoned commercial building on the Northeast corner of 22nd and College (2207 N. College), The Dojo is now poised to be a more prominent fixture in the local music scene.
The old location, on far East 10th Street, was relatively remote for anyone not familiar with the venue and area, but placed The Dojo in a geographic hub for punk and hardcore with The Emerson, J. Clydes and the exclusive Casa del Kotex all within a stone's throw.
- The Dojo: New Digs at 22nd and College
But the new location is perfect. Right off of college, the venue is a straight shot from both Broad Ripple and downtown. It is also a relatively easy bike ride for most urban punks. 22nd and College is also at the crossroads of urban renewal in a blighted area (Mapleton - Fall Creek). Just east of the new location lies The Project School, a progressive charter school with an emphasis on community involvement and outreach. A few blocks to the south of the new venue, is the proposed location of a new skate park in King Park. As we all know, punk and skating have a deep history together.
While punk venues are usually at odds with residential neighborhoods, I think that The Dojo is perfect for its new location. It will bring more people and attention to the neighborhood. I'm excited for the prospects of this new spot, and anyone interested in local music should be as well. For anyone curious about checking out the new space, you can go to the new website, or, for any twitt-wits, you can follow the witty tweets of Jon Suiters on the Dojo Twitter account. Or, if you've got the stones, you can just go there tomorrow night at 7 PM to watch Born Bad, Duress and Mislead Youth and mosh the night away in the new space.
- Duress: From the looks of it, they're probably a hardcore band