by Petula Caesar
For those of you not familiar with Mobtown Studios at 2603 North Charles Street in Baltimore owned and operated by Mat Leffler-Schulman and designer Emily Leffler-Schulman, let me very quickly school you. They are a self-described “artist-friendly” recording studio, and one of the best mixing/mastering/recording facilities in the city (voted Best of Baltimore in 2010). If you’ve brought any CD in the past couple of years from any area independent artist of any musical genre, chances are some (if not all) of that CD’s production was done at Mobtown.
In addition to their in-studio work, Mobtown also produces a special signature event called a “Microshow”. As explained on their website, the Microshow seeks “…to distill all the kinetic energy and sonic kaboom of a large venue show into a teeny pint-sized house concert package.” Artists perform a very intimate highly up-close-and-personal set that is recorded for free download on the Mobtown Studio website. Seating is very limited, tickets are purchased online on Eventbrite, the doors open at 7:30pm and shows begin promptly at 8:00pm. The shows typically sells out in advance.
Most recently, hip hop artist Greenspan graced the Microshow’s micro stage with band in tow. (I always have tremendous respect for hip hop artists who can work well with live musicians.) While Greenspan has been a staple of the area hip hop scene for a minute now, his success is quickly becoming far more than a local phenomenon. Check out part of his performance below, and listen to/download the whole performance for FREE at www.mobtownstudios.com/projects/greenspan-microshow.