To that end, the new Fillmore Silver Spring has booked an initial lineup that includes artists from rock to rhythm and blues, country to comedy. Here's a glance at some of the acts coming to the Maryland venue over the next several months.
Earlier this year, R&B singer John Legend won three Grammy Awards including Best R&B song and Best R&B album for "Wake Up," his collaboration with hip hop/soul band, The Roots. On Sept. 17, Legend hops off his arena tour with Sade for a rare solo club gig at the new Fillmore. Fans of urban music will also no doubt turn out the following night (Sept. 18) when Mos Def and Talib Kweli team up as Blackstar.
Eighties-era music fans can relive the glory days of new wave Sept. 20 at the Fillmore when punk pop progenitors, Blondie, perform at the Silver Spring venue. Then on Sept. 30, the British rockers known as the Psychedelic Furs, most famous for their classic '80s hit, "Pretty in Pink," take the stage there.
Country music fans will have their genre represented Sept. 28 when singer Clayton Anderson performs. The Indiana-based singer recently toured with country superstar Kenny Chesney, and last month he released his debut CD, "Torn Jeans & Tailgates."
Southern Maryland native John Luskey and Bel Air High School senior Julienne Irwin, are scheduled to open that show.
The "classic rock" crowd will have a few Fillmore concerts to choose from in the weeks ahead. With their power chords, catchy melodies and slightly subversive sensibility, Cheap Trick is still going strong three decades into their career. The multi-platinum rockers perform at the Fillmore Sept. 27.
"Bad to the Bone" singer George Thorogood will bring along his band The Destroyers for a concert Oct. 2, and Levon Helm, a founding member of The Band will play the venue Oct. 3. The multi-instrumentalist's latest release is 2011's "Ramble at the Ryman."
Several stand-up comedy shows are also on tap for the new performance stage. It will be a homecoming when Lewis Black arrvies for his already sold-out show Oct. 23. Black was born and raised in Silver Spring. The comic got his start on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart, and has since perfected his trademark "angry man" routine, skewering politicians, pop culture and life's daily absurdities.
Adam Carolla, who performs here Nov. 4, first got noticed as the co-host of the syndicated radio show "Loveline," which also launched the media career of the now ubiquitous Doctor Drew.
In addition to these national acts, area artists will get a shot at playing the Fillmore Silver Spring. "We've got a talent buyer who is specifically dedicated to working on local events and building programming that highlights up-and-coming local and regional talent," Steele says.
Look for details on more upcoming shows online at http://www.fillmoresilverspring.com.