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R5 Is Seriously Cutting Back on Shows at the Church

In an email sent to its list today, R5 Productions announced it is seriously cutting back on shows in the basement of the First Unitarian Church at 22nd and Chestnut. The Church basement had been hosting all-ages shows promoted by R5 for 18 years.

R5 Productions’ Sean Agnew previously held shows at a club called 4040 at 4040 Locust Street, until overblown spats with neighbors forced its closure, and at the Rotunda at 40th and Walnut on Penn’s campus. Eventually, most of the R5 shows migrated to the basement of the First Unitarian Church.

But now R5 is pretty much ceasing to book shows in the basement. Agnew now co-owns Boot & Saddle, a bar and small venue in South Philadelphia, and Union Transfer, a 1,300-seat venue with a three separate bars in the former Spaghetti Warehouse on Spring Garden. “With these new venues and a slew of other that have opened up around Philadelphia,” R5’s email read, “it’s become increasingly difficult to book bands who want to play the church.” The Church was a victim of its own success. With fewer R5 shows, the church needed a regular tenant to keep revenue up. An after-school group will start booking the venue in a few weeks. R5 will cease doing weekday shows soon, and hopes to book on Saturdays and Sundays.

Shows in the sanctuary or side chapel will continue as usual.

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