Playground Productions Studio began many years ago as a home recording studio on the southside of Indy and has since evolved into a 3000 square feet location in the heart of historic Irvington in what is now known as The Irvington Coal Factory. Owner and operator Adam Riviere dreamed of opening a recording and rehearsal studio outside of his home and that dream was realized in October of 2013. Riviere is honored to be a part of the arts community and he is also proud to have been the first storefront to open in the ever-growing Irvington Coal Factory.
“Right now Irvington is going through a Renaissance in their music and art scene, and I am glad to be a part of its growth alongside others in The Coal Factory,” Said Riviere.
The studio has something to offer for everyone involved in the arts. To name a few – recording & rehearsal space, digital transfers (vinyl records to CD, mp3 or other digital formats), various instrument lessons, belly dancing classes, drum circles and an art gallery. General rental space is also available for such events as birthday parties, kirtans, health and wellness classes, workshops, various private functions and more.
Almost every visitor that steps foot into the studio feels immediately at ease and at home in the warm atmosphere Riviere has created. The walls are painted in vibrant colors that represent celebration and the floors are graced with an array of beautiful rugs that create a comfortable, homey environment.
The studio boasts four spaces with a multitude of uses in the arts, with three of the four rooms designed with recording and rehearsal in mind. The “Live Room” is a 1000+ square foot space built and designed for what the name implies, live performances and recordings. Additionally a 360 square foot soundproof “Rehearsal Room” intended for rehearsal and recording; and a cozy 63 square feet “Isolation Room” built to isolate a soloist, duo or trio for recording are incorporated into the building. Aside from the musical aspect of the studio, Riviere utilizes 50 square feet of art gallery wall space in order to showcase the talents of local artists The studio truly offers a space to suit every need with very reasonable pricing.
“This space was built to celebrate the music and arts community. It delivers some of the best-sounding rooms in the state,” Riviere said.
Every third Friday, the Playground hosts 3rd Friday @ the Playground. The doors open at 6pm and the night is kicked off with a community drum circle at 7pm. Immediately following the drum circle, the Playground hosts a unique performing artist, whether it be a radio theater troop, pole exercise demonstration, or bluegrass band, it is guaranteed to be a one of a kind night, having never had the same group perform twice. Also for the viewing pleasure of visitors, the Playground displays art in its gallery from a different local artist each month, and recently began hosting First Friday events to showcase the artist and musicians.
Most recently, the Playground hosted the Discover Irvington Acoustic Blues Festival and the Acoustic Ascent Songwriting Competition with live performances by local artists. The festival is set to become an annual event and Adam hopes for another opportunity to hold the event at the Playground.
Owner and operator Riviere began his career in music at a tender age and has spent more than 25 years mastering his various crafts. He is well versed with more than 30 instruments, including but not limited to world percussion, didgeridoo, and Native American style flute. He received his formal education at Butler with a bachelor’s degree in music business and went on to receive a music technology master’s degree from IU.
Rivere’s mantra is to “keep the music going” and that is what he intends on doing for the Irvington community for years to come.