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Straight Escalatin’: David Grasso vs The Electric Factory.

Is this the face of the man who might finally wrest control of the Philadelphia’s live music scene from The Electric Factory?

In this piece over at, Grasso states his desire to bring a new concert venue to Philadelphia (in Fishtown, no less.)

Here’s where the escalation comes in:

“Between the TLA and Susquehanna Bank Center there is a gap in that space for a quality entertainment venue, for a place that bands want to play and people want to go and have a quality experience,”

Oh. Snaps.

My man Grasso is taking cheap swings right there, but I’m down. Suckerpunches are the best punches, I can tell you that from experience. I already like this dude’s atitude but there’s something in that article which might be a little problematic…

Grasso says the venue would be booked by “one of the largest promoters in the world.” But he declined to comment when we asked him if he was referring to LiveNation, which lost access to a similarly sized venue, the Electric Factory (7th & Willow), earlier this year, when Larry Magid, who owns the venue, left the company.

So the postives we’ve got are:
1. A new venue.
2. Competition for The Electric Factory

And the negatives are:
1. LiveNation
2. Evil.
3. Fishtown.

So yeah, I don’t really know how I’m supposed to feel. We’ll bring you more on this story as it develops.


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