Hampden's The G-Spot sticks around until next year; plots Scapescape 2012

Back in June, it seemed as though Hampden's performance space The G-Spot was going to close this October. With a landlord intent on selling the warehouse to developers, its inaugural Scapescape festival, which featured Dan Deacon and Celebration, among others, was supposed to be its last hurrah. 

But the venue will stay afloat at least through April, one of its promoters says. And on Saturday, it will host Baltimore bands Oxes and Thank You, in its last American performance.

"We keep getting a new lease on life," said Dave Underhill, a promoter for the venue and the festival.

Reuben Kroiz and Jill Sell opened the G-Spot at 2980 Falls Road ten years ago as an art and performance space; over time, it's booked acts like Wye Oak and Ted Leo.

The first Scapescape attracted some 600 people, Underhill said.

Despite its success, landlord Douglas Carroll told Kroiz earlier this year the venue would have to close by June 1, when the building would be turned over to new developers. And even though the eviction was later extended to October, promoters stopped scheduling shows past the mini music festival in May.

"We didn't even know we were gonna be alive," Underhill said.

That changed when Carroll recently extended their eviction once more, allowing the venue to stay open through  April, he said. 

The new deadline has allowed the G-Spot to plan concerts again, including next year's Scapescape, Underhill said.

Tentatively, it's been scheduled for next May, depending on bands' and the landlord's schedules.

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