The Beat Rust is a unique and intimate performance space in Lewiston, ME for independent musicians and performers. We are nestled inside a neighborhood of families and children who tend to listen and sometimes dance from the street below. We host shows for artists that range from singer-songwriters to appalachian to noise to rock to punk and to those artists who do not fit into labels. Whether you are quiet or loud, we are excited to support you. The Beat Rust is an all ages, respectful, open-minded, gender neutral safe space and listening room. We expect you to drink responsibly if you do. Shows are held at least once a month at one of two locations:
1. The Faire- Band A Part Housing Cooperative (Faire-Op), located at 75 Maple Street Apt. 1 & 2 in Lewiston, ME. It’s a 3-story blue building and the entrance is on the side opposite the garden. This venue suits both loud and quiet performances. These shows are for our friends. At times we may host the show in our beautiful backyard.
2. Trinity Church, located at 247 Bates Street in Lewiston, ME. The church has a beautiful red steeple and is on the corner of Bates and Spruce Street across from a top corner of Kennedy Park. Shows in this venue are held in the sanctuary, which is built for acoustic sound. Some amplification is OK. These shows are for the wider public.
We often hold a potlucks before performances, which is a time build community, share ideas and laugh and eat good food. Shows are donation based and we strongly encourage any contribution you can make to help support artists, a $5-$10 donation is appropriate, but no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Our Trinity shows have a more official charge at the door(though no one is turned away) in order to pay back the generous use of their amazing stained glass and wood framed space. It is indeed a sanctuary.
Hope to be pals.
The Beat Rust