REENSBORO, NC – At the corner of Washington Street and Pastor Anderson Way in the former Mr. Lieb & Son Gourmet Foods building, the sound of construction is a sweet sound to local musicians. Rhythm Works, a new manufacturing space in the east end of downtown Greensboro, is coming true as building upgrades are underway and an executive director has been hired.
Mike Hooks appointed Executive Director of Rhythm Works
Mike Hooks, a Greensboro native with a long history in the local music scene, has accepted the leadership role, according to local developer Andy Zimmerman. Zimmerman has championed the site as a space for musicians’ creation and performance venue for months and now, along with partners Stu Nichols and Linda Spitsen, the idea has taken on serious steam.
“Greensboro has a long history as a city of music and remains so today,” Zimmerman said. “Rhythm Works will be the place where established and aspiring musicians can come to play, train, record and perform. Mike is the perfect person to lead this project towards our opening slated for late summer this year.
Hooks, whose father Joe was a local jazz drummer, began performing in clubs and cafes during his teenage years. He performed at Songwriter’s Showcase in Nashville and still produces multitrack recordings today. However, Hooks’ main “gig” has been as a sales and marketing manager for many companies, most recently in the outdoor industry. Rhythm Works represents an idea that would have been a dream come true for young Hooks.
“Rhythm Works is a non-profit organization dedicated to nurturing the community of musicians and those who enjoy musical performance,” said Hooks. “This is where artists can take their music to the next level at an affordable price with access to studios and rehearsal spaces, a unique place to enjoy both the performances of local artists as well as ‘more recognized artists at regional and national level. ”
The installation occupies the same block as the artists / creators space of Studio 503 by Zimmerman, Nichols and Spitsen which opened in 2018. The plans include spaces dedicated to classes and clinics, recording, rehearsals and performances. Hooks said there will also be an area equipped for the internet radio station, podcasts and video editing / production.