The Birchmere, the one-of-a-kind picnic-style concert hall in Alexandria, is about to become two-of-a-kind, because they're building a second venue in Silver Spring, at the corner of Colesville and Fenton. Their bookings tend to be in the Austin City Limits vein: mostly country, folk and bluegrass, with the occasional world act and the once-in-a-blue-moon modern rock band. But always more upscale, more classy than the average concert venue.
This is a really cool development in the ongoing restoration of my current hometown. To think, Silver Spring used to be a sewer dump. Borders was "planning to move in" on and off for like 4-5 years before it actually happened. We couldn't even get a frigign Borders. Now people actually want to put in fun shit. I mean, I could walk to a show! Sure, I'm not exactly a Dar Williams or George Benson fan, but maybe I would have gone to see, say, Amadou and Mariam had they played in Silver Spring instead of in a Metro-free part of Alexandria. Either way, this is exciting news.