Best All-ages Show Space
Charm City Art Space
Published: September 21, 2011
1731 Maryland Ave., ccspace.org
No booze or drugs at Charm City Art Space, just a lot of loud punk and metal and otherwise heavy music with some frequent doses of folk-punk and assorted weirdness. The no-substances policy isn’t to be taken as some sign of lameness or whatever. CCAS wants a safe place comfortable for everyone. Believe it or not, a bunch of drunk people isn’t a terribly benign thing. Shows at CCAS are also out early, which is kinda great in a town where a show done by 1 a.m. is over early. Finally, the space is just about the epitome of DIY—legit and somewhat aboveground, sure, but collectively run and booked. Also, the space is fantastic and big enough while not losing that dingy basement vibe.