Building Darkroom, New Haven

From music performance and recording to gallery showings and more, help us build Darkroom, a mid capacity venue, studio, and bar
John Flynn
New Haven, Connecticut
United States
1 Team Member

Darkroom - Music Art & More

A darkroom is a place where ideas are nutured, developed, and brought to life. Our Darkroom intends to do the same. From musical performances, rehearsal space, gallery showings and theatre events, Darkroom aims to be your host, changing the way we experience the arts in New Haven.
Darkroom is for everyone. Between the large capacity Toad's Place and the smaller dives, their is no mid capacity space to fill the gap. With a professional sound system and staging in such a big space, Darkroom will be a huge asset to our developing scenes. We need a space like this!
What We Need
We know what it takes to host an event, and atmosphere and the proper equipment is the key! With 4,000 square feet near New Haven's historic Wooster Square, we have the space to build something great.
In order to be a legal, longstanding cultural establishment in New Haven, we need to take care of a couple things:
1) Handicap Accessibility
2) Additional Bathroom Space
3) Stage Construction
4) Acoustic Treatments
What We Have In Store!
We are working on some great events already! I don't want to give too much away but I will mention our HUGE Octoberfest Craft Beer Festival slated for 10/27, our 'Blues And Brews' homebrew showcases, and our 24 Hour JAM! We've got so much good stuff in store for you!
Right now we are working with a blank slate- and we are excited to design our new venue and continue to throw the events that have been getting our community excited and talking! We are putting in a full bar, stage and sound system, and a kitchen to boot! All we need is a little help from our friends!
Reasons To Donate
  1. Darkroom is All Ages, you don't have to be 21 to see your favorite band play here
  2. By donating now, you are creating jobs for the future. From the people who run the door to the bands that take the stage, you are helping sustain your local economy
  3. A lot of great acts skip New Haven, favoring the medium capacity venues of New York and Boston- NOT Anymore! Darkroom will be able to handle the larger shows that may be too big for the dives, but too small for the halls like Toads.
  4. Darkroom is- for everybody- we don't just stop at music- we support all the arts and have more then enough room to accommodate everyone
  5. Darkroom is a vehicle to more projects. With Darkroom we can fund a recording studio, music festivals, and much much more!
  6. Darkroom supports locals like you- from our beer to our kitchen, the music and more. We also designed a system to pay out more money to bands and artists, spreading the progress!
  7. We are a safe, fun place for a night out. Anyone who visited us always saw our friendly staff keeping an eye on things!
  8. We are helping to bring value into a new neighborhood by bringing in good people and good business!
  9. Darkroom isn't afraid to try new things- we are young, we are motivated, and we are ready to do this! We are finding a new way.
  10. We won't give up. Whether we are building a new venue, throwing a new festival, helping out our friends, or just cleaning up our city, we won't ever give up.
About Us: Josh, James, and John
  • James Flynn: making this project happen is something I constantly invest time, love, and funds into. I am a full time student at the University of New Haven studying Music and Sound Recording and plan to put everything I've learned into use making Darkroom the best it can be. I am a musician and try to help out with as many projects as possible, inclusive of playing in local bands, recording local bands, and playing in an orchestra at UNH. I was born and raised in New Haven county, and would love nothing more than to maintain an environment that welcomes the local community and can help it grow. 
  • Josh Kelley: I grew up in this little city, and though I've left numerous times, I always find myself choosing to come back. I attended college for Film Production at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland, and then took my studies to the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines. I spent time in the LA area as well working on indie film sets after my education. And now I'm back in New Haven, creating and managing various visual projects such as the art installation for CT's Fauxchella Music Festival. But whenever I do come back, I've always felt like there was something missing. There's outlets for creativity here, but I've always felt they missed the mark on offering a space for an organic community to grow. And from the conversations I've had with the people of New Haven I don't seem to be alone in this thought. That's what we hope to offer with Darkroom: A place where ideas can come to develop. 
  • John Flynn: though I'm no stranger to big projects, this is the first I have requested help with funding, and I hope it is a success! I am the founder and operator of CT's Fauxchella Indie Music&Art Festival, getting ready to begin plans for our third year! I have been very fortunate to be invited to help with Bridgeport's Art Fest for both 2012 and 2013. I am a musician and perform locally with my brother and good friends in The Morning On Fire. I am a CT native, growing up in WH and studying film at the University of Hartford. I bartend at the craft beer bar Cask Republic downtown New Haven and am a huge fan of craft beer! I'm a great cook and am looking forward to filling your glass and your stomach when you come down to see the shows at DARKROOM!
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  • $5USD
    Have a Beer, On Us

    No amount is too small, and everything helps. Little by little we can make this a reality. For a donation of just $5 we will send you a token the you can exchange for a drink at our bar. If you live in CT chances are you'll find yourself at Darkroom at one point or another, and chances are- you'll want a drink- help us by just securing it in advance! Everything helps.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $20USD
    Gift Certificate and Thank You

    For our first reward, we will be sending you a certificate for $10 at our kitchen, as well as a personalized "thank you" from us to you

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $40USD
    Tee Shirt & More!

    Count yourself in our limited run of Darkroom "DIY" shirts- made in your size and printed right in our design studio as well as Reward #1

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $80USD
    Custom Art, Shirt & More!

    Special limited run Pint glasses designed by artist Joanna Matuck, our hand printed "DIY" t-shirt, the gift certificate and all other preceding rewards! Stop in and we won't hesitate to fill your glass!

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $160USD
    Beer Fest Tix & More!

    A pair of tickets to our upcoming Beer Fest on 10/27 with live bands, great beer, and tons of fun! PLUS an invitation to our Private Opening Party- complete with complimentary food, fun, a bar stocked with local craft selections and you can't forget the live and local music! Come down and let us show you how much we really appreciate you!

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  • $300USD
    Tix Tix & More Tix!

    For this reward, count yourself in for the tickets to our 10/27 Beer Fest, our Private Opening Party, a pair of tickets to ANY Darkroom concert or event good for 2013-2014! AND all proceeding awards!

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  • $600USD
    Build-A-Beer! Tix & More!!!!

    We will brew a limited small batch special edition keg to put on tap in honor of you- you pick the style and the name and we will take care of the rest! Not to mention ALL the preceding rewards! That means Beer Fest tix, Party invitation, and more then enough Darkroom swag to bring to the shows!

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  • $1,000USD
    Party for you & 40 Friends!

    Pick an available date and you and your friends will get the VIP treatment with a private party fully catered by Darkroom! We will coordinate a menu, make your favorite drinks, and make sure you all have a great time. You'll have you're own personal server, and an open bar for up to 40 people on your invite list!

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  • $1,500USD
    The Whole Shebang!!!

    Reward 8 is all the rewards... That's right: you will get the whole package- the certificate, the shirt, the pint glass, tickets to the Private Opening Party AND Beer Fest, tickets for any future event of your choice, your special brew named in honor of you on tap at our bar, AND the private party for up to 40 friends. that's a lot of good stuff!

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