By Sarah Bolandi
Backyard venue, The Person Cave (Facebook), has quietly made its footprint in the Colonialtown North neighborhood as a new and notable pace for local artists to showcase their talents on an intimate platform.
The limited-capacity locale is tucked behind the home of roommates Mitch Foster and Bradley Jon DeLoatche. What started as an empty garage has quickly transformed into a haven to the hyper-local music and arts scene.
“When I moved in with Mitch, we started realizing after cleaning the garage how big it was and we wanted to set it up as hang out. Then we realized all these extra couches and rugs, extra AstroTurf and tinsel we had laying around,”
– Bradley Jon DeLoatche.
In opening it up for jam sessions, it became more than the original man cave they had planned for, but the name “Person Cave” seemed to have stuck.
After renting the space to friends for band practice, the two recognized the opportunity they had on their hands made room for a larger audience but still with a focus on limited, VIP couch space.
“We want to keep it a good experience for everyone who is attending so capacity will be kept small and we’ll cap it and keep it intimate….we want to keep the storyteller feel,” said Foster. Parties are often kept to 30 people maximum.
The longtime friends expected the space to serve as an acoustic stage but have since welcomed poets and soon, comics, at their upcoming sit-down comedy show 7 p.m. Friday, August 31.
Those interested in bookings can expect the lineup to remain personal, with each act being hand-selected from the pair’s connections. The two intend to keep a sense of “trusted community” at each event they host in their pop-up garage venue.
Artists themselves, The Person Cave was a natural extension of the duo’s affinity for music. DeLoatche can often be found jamming with a local cousin of the late Tom Petty and has even co-written a symphony, while Foster plays in American Party Machine and runs Shows I Go To as his full-time gig and commitment to Orlando’s music scene.
The Person Cave is located at 1425 Pinecrest Place [GMap].