Best New Venue
Published: September 18, 2013
2101 Maryland Ave., (410) 630-4353, facebook.com/ClubKBaltimore
Club K is a mishmash, and that’s just why we like it. They throw shows for all different genres; sometimes they throw all different genres into one show. And the experience of seeing a gig there—well, it’s really like nothing else around, what with the neon paintings on the wall, beams of light dotting the faces of attendees and bands alike, muted Korean karaoke videos, and fog-machine smoke. The venue quickly became a hit last winter in the midst of declining warehouse shows, and the bookers who run the space have turned Club K into a hub for touring Japanese bands, bringing a rare and diverse mix of groups to Charm City. The room may be tiny, but Club K’s impact is anything but.