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Second Saturdays at Cedar Street Studios.

November 12, 2011

Text by Jilliam Mallon.

Ted Richardson converted the third floor of a former casket factory in Port Richmond into a much livelier place – a homey recording studio that doubles as an unusual performance space.

Richardson started Cedar Street Studios in 2006 after running a multimedia company.

“It really got me away from being creative in the music industry, which is really my natural habitat,” says Richardson.

A longtime musician, producer and engineer, Richardson found a space in the Atlas Building with lofty ceilings and wide-open floor plans.

“I met my wife and she quit her job and started working full-time with me here,” says Richardson. “Our house is connected to the building. Everything just made sense.”

The list of artists who experimented with arrangements or set down tracks at Cedar Street is long, including acts like Portugal. The Man, Chiddy Bang and Lost in Company.

“When I moved over here, I made the decision that I am going to do things in a way that is natural,” Richardson says. “The big decision was to have a place to be creative.”

In September 2010, Richardson began running monthly showcases of the talent that was working with Cedar Street. On every second Saturday of the month since then, there have been free live events promoting the studio.

It was held for the first two months at North Star Bar. Then, Richardson decided that he could save money and better promote his work by holding shows at his studio. Among the bands that have performed all-ages  shows at Second Saturday events are The Mechanicals, TivaTiva and Bravo, Utah!

Even though the studio usually loses money on Second Saturdays, they often lead to business.

“We never make money through that,” Richardson admits. “But I’ve got a couple of bands who have started to record here because of the Second Saturdays.”

Find what’s playing at Cedar Street on the second Saturday of every month by checking here.

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