Smart Studios, located in Madison, Wisconsin and established in 1983 by Butch Vig and Steve Marker, was a crucial recording destination (and home) for noisy independent bands in the 80's & 90's. Legions of bands recorded there over the years -- Killdozer, Tad, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, L7, Archers of Loaf, Poster Children, Laughing Hyenas, Garbage, and SO many more. The studio and the bands that recorded there had a major impact on the music scene in the Midwest, as well as the alternative music scene in the U.S. in the '80s and '90s.
A feature length film about the legendary and influential studio directed by Wendy Schneider and executive produced by Butch Vig, tells the fascinating history of Smart Studios through archival footage and interviews with artists who recorded there including Shirley Manson, Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, Donita Sparks, Chris Walla and Dave Grohl.
The Smart Studios Story premiered at South By Southwest to rave reviews. The documentary was later screened in just a handful of cities in the spring, but now a much larger screening tour has been announced for music fans nationwide which includes an October 7th screening at El Club in Detroit (info here).
View the screening itinerary for The Smart Studios Story below and for more info visit the film's website here.
Smart Studios screenings
Sep 29 -- Milwaukee, WI @ Oriental Theater
Oct 03 -- Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
Oct 04 -- Athens, OH @ TBA
Oct 05 -- Columbus, OH @ Gateway Film Center
Oct 06 -- Chicago, IL @ The Vic/Brew & View
Oct 07 -- Detroit, MI @ El Club
Oct 17 -- Austin, TX @ The North Door
Oct 18 -- Houston, TX @ The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Houston
Oct 19 -- New Orleans, LA @ Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
Oct 20 -- Hot Springs, AK @ Low Key Arts
Oct 22 -- Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Oct 23 -- Dallas, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Dallas
Oct 24 -- El Paso, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - El Paso
Nov 11 -- Boston, MA @ Brattle Theater
Nov 13 -- Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
Nov 14 -- Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Nov 15 -- Philadelphia, PA @ MOCCA
Nov 27 -- Madison, WI @ Sundance at Hilldale
Published September 24th, 2016