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The Legend begins

Pacific Beach studio breaks through the rehearsal/recording barriers and puts on some shows

Lucky Luciano guitarist and Legend Records founder Joe Luciano has the “best interests of the San Diego music scene at heart.” - Image by Ana Becerra
Lucky Luciano guitarist and Legend Records founder Joe Luciano has the “best interests of the San Diego music scene at heart.”

First came the band. Lucky Lucifer is a well-traveled P.B.-based “gothic Americana, garage-rock” band.

Then came the label. Lucky Lucifer front man Joe Luciano, 29, launched Legend Records in 2012 so that unsigned local bands like his and Chocolate Revolution and the Roman Watchdogs could make a record.

“I was spending a lot of money at other places for recording and rehearsal space and not getting a big return,” the lead singer tells the Reader.

So Luciano took over a 2500-square-foot storefront on Garnet Avenue that used to house a florist called Pots by Pat. It’s now home to Legend Records, a rehearsal/recording space that started hosting live shows on Halloween, 2013.

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San Diego band Fountain of Youth live at Legend Records

San Diego band Fountain of Youth live at Legend Records

Now Luciano uses six independent promoters who bring in their own “private event” shows to a 175-person capacity venue space which often carry a $10 cover. “Usually the promoters get 40 percent of the door,” Luciano explains. “Or if I promote the show the 40 percent is divided between the bands.”

One of those promoters is Sam Kumar who plays in local math-rockers the Indys.

“I just heard from an agent for [Chicago metal band] No Zodiac who asked specifically if we were going to be around in two months,” Kumar tells the Reader. “He heard everything in San Diego is closing down.”

Kumar says the sketchy future of the Ché Café and Porters Pub has helped steer nationally touring bands to Legend Records’ doorstep.

No Zodiac booked a July 15 date at Legend Records. Shows by Spoonboy (Washington D.C.), Ramshackle Glory (Tucson), and Lions (Nashville) are also upcoming.

Luciano says all styles of music are welcome.

While all shows are promoted to the general public, Luciano says the private event status helps ensure each outside promoter brings good behavior to his own event. “It helps keep riff raff out.”

A hole in the wall was created at a show promoted by Mike Correa who is the lead singer of local punkers Impale Thy Neighbor. He says that mishap was amicably resolved when he forfeited his promoter cut to cover the damage. “I basically lost my $300.”

Luciano says Impale Thy Neighbor are welcome back.

Unlike Soma or Epicentre, which relies on bands buying blocks of presale tickets, Luciano says Legend Records will always rely on a cut-of-the-door arrangement for band pay.

Place

Legend Records

1560 Garnet Avenue, San Diego

Outside promoter Kumar says it’s all about keeping it simple. “Other places make it so formal.” Kumar contends that each Epicentre show has a built-in cost of more than $1000 to cover the staff. “They get their $1000 before the bands get anything. It’s just music. That’s all it needs to be.”

Owner Luciano sums it up this way: “There are a lot of people operating in the San Diego music scene who do not have the best interests of the San Diego music scene at heart.”

Squirrelly Arts, Lucky Lucifer, and Mursic appear Saturday, May 16, at Legend Records.

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Lucky Luciano guitarist and Legend Records founder Joe Luciano has the “best interests of the San Diego music scene at heart.” - Image by Ana Becerra
Lucky Luciano guitarist and Legend Records founder Joe Luciano has the “best interests of the San Diego music scene at heart.”

First came the band. Lucky Lucifer is a well-traveled P.B.-based “gothic Americana, garage-rock” band.

Then came the label. Lucky Lucifer front man Joe Luciano, 29, launched Legend Records in 2012 so that unsigned local bands like his and Chocolate Revolution and the Roman Watchdogs could make a record.

“I was spending a lot of money at other places for recording and rehearsal space and not getting a big return,” the lead singer tells the Reader.

So Luciano took over a 2500-square-foot storefront on Garnet Avenue that used to house a florist called Pots by Pat. It’s now home to Legend Records, a rehearsal/recording space that started hosting live shows on Halloween, 2013.

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Video:

"Hold on Tight"

San Diego band Fountain of Youth live at Legend Records

San Diego band Fountain of Youth live at Legend Records

Now Luciano uses six independent promoters who bring in their own “private event” shows to a 175-person capacity venue space which often carry a $10 cover. “Usually the promoters get 40 percent of the door,” Luciano explains. “Or if I promote the show the 40 percent is divided between the bands.”

One of those promoters is Sam Kumar who plays in local math-rockers the Indys.

“I just heard from an agent for [Chicago metal band] No Zodiac who asked specifically if we were going to be around in two months,” Kumar tells the Reader. “He heard everything in San Diego is closing down.”

Kumar says the sketchy future of the Ché Café and Porters Pub has helped steer nationally touring bands to Legend Records’ doorstep.

No Zodiac booked a July 15 date at Legend Records. Shows by Spoonboy (Washington D.C.), Ramshackle Glory (Tucson), and Lions (Nashville) are also upcoming.

Luciano says all styles of music are welcome.

While all shows are promoted to the general public, Luciano says the private event status helps ensure each outside promoter brings good behavior to his own event. “It helps keep riff raff out.”

A hole in the wall was created at a show promoted by Mike Correa who is the lead singer of local punkers Impale Thy Neighbor. He says that mishap was amicably resolved when he forfeited his promoter cut to cover the damage. “I basically lost my $300.”

Luciano says Impale Thy Neighbor are welcome back.

Unlike Soma or Epicentre, which relies on bands buying blocks of presale tickets, Luciano says Legend Records will always rely on a cut-of-the-door arrangement for band pay.

Place

Legend Records

1560 Garnet Avenue, San Diego

Outside promoter Kumar says it’s all about keeping it simple. “Other places make it so formal.” Kumar contends that each Epicentre show has a built-in cost of more than $1000 to cover the staff. “They get their $1000 before the bands get anything. It’s just music. That’s all it needs to be.”

Owner Luciano sums it up this way: “There are a lot of people operating in the San Diego music scene who do not have the best interests of the San Diego music scene at heart.”

Squirrelly Arts, Lucky Lucifer, and Mursic appear Saturday, May 16, at Legend Records.

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