“‘As fast as things have changed and the more tools young people have at their disposal, we feel that it’s so important to just give them that basic language and that structure so they understand what they’re capable of,” he said. “Because literally, the possibilities are now endless.'”
–Sun This Week, September 15th, 2016
“‘We’re trying to maintain the legacy that has been instilled in this place for the last 15 years, and continue the reputation it has built and the service it provides. Plain and simple,’ Kolb-Williams said. ‘Without this place, there is a whole slew of musicians and attendees that would otherwise have no way to experience live music in a safe and accepting environment. There aren’t a lot of places that can do this. For it to go away was just not acceptable.’ “
–Savage Pacer, July 19, 2015
“Jack Kolb-Williams said Twin Cities Catalyst Music has been “a labor of love” for him for the past two years. The first goal was gaining operational control of The Garage; the next to “breathe new life” into the facility and hopefully continue it for another 15 years, Kolb-Williams said.”
–Star Tribune, May 5th, 2015
“Twin Cities Catalyst Music is carrying on the music end of The GARAGE, which has been a training ground for local bands and kids who helped run the club. Readers of City Pages five times voted The GARAGE, with its main stage and coffehouse-style stage, as the Twin Cities’ best all-ages music venue.
City officials are ‘thrilled’ the tradition will continue under Twin Cities Catalyst Music, Dorshak said.
‘It’s just a great partnership,’ she said. ‘It really has fallen together extraordinarily well.’ “
–Sun This Week, July 9, 2015
“Under the direction of Twin Cities Catalyst Music Inc., THE GARAGE will evolve from a city-run community center into what Adams calls an ‘all-ages music laboratory.’ Maintaining their mission of hands-on creativity, the venue will soon host a first-class recording studio. In addition to weekly concerts, artists and fans alike will have access to the studio for recording and lessons in sound production.
Its all-ages weekend nightclub venue is almost entirely operated by the teens who attend and perform. THE GARAGE remains a primary hub for the Twin Cities punk, metal, and alternative scene, launching the successful careers of Quietdrive, Four Letter Lie, and more.”
–The Current 8/25/14
“‘The most helpful way to think about THE GARAGE is how it exists now but also how it’s going to change. When we assume full operations just think of it as an all-ages music laboratory,’ Adams says.
Twin Cities Catalyst Music Inc. is partnering with School District 191 to offer alternative ways of learning about the different aspects of the venue. The classes that will be offered include photography, music journalism, videography, live sound production, and event planning and booking.
‘We teach kids how to book shows at the garage, how to operate lighting and sound, how to manage the stage, and work with touring artists and other artists that come through. Another thing is arts journalism,’ Adams says.”
–City Pages, August 22nd, 2014
“The City Council was ‘very much in support of and delighted by’ both THE GARAGE plans and the new after school program, Kautz said.
The plan addresses Burnsville’s changing demographics, which now include more immigrants and kids receiving free and reduced-price lunch, she said. ‘Now we have a new group of kids and there’s a different need,’ she said.
She’s glad to see the music programming will continue, she said. ‘I have been a great proponent because, listen, the music and arts are also math and science,’ she said. ‘We need to have our children’s brains functioning on all cylinders.'”
–Star Tribune 8/2/14
“[Kolb-Williams] saw an all-ages club with educational opportunities for young people, which THE GARAGE teen center had already offered for years.
But this would be THE GARAGE on steroids, with a recording studio, more live shows and more opportunities for kids to learn music-biz crafts from show booking and sound mixing to graphic design and photography.”
–Sun This Week 7/24/14