Rhino’s All Ages Club is a music venue in Bloomington, Indiana that has a lot to offer. As a former Bloomington resident, I have been there many times. It is one of my favorite places.
Rhino’s was started in 1992 by Harmony (Private school in Bloomington) students and ran by Bloomington teenagers. It was created to bring knowledge of music and art to surrounding teens. It has been a safe a place from day one.
Parents try to fight with their teenagers about going. They say things like, “It’s a CLUB, you are not going, and you are a child. Drugs! Alcohol! You’re going to get hurt in the pits.” Parents shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Rhino’s prides its self with being a safe place for teenagers to hang out. They are strongly against drugs, alcohol, fighting, and other harmful conduct. And they have a list of rules on the wall to prove it.
As a place of art and music, Rhino’s has local and signed bands playing there almost weekly. Local bands playing there are thankful. Their name is spread throughout Indiana thus bringing in money and fans. Signed bands play there on fairly common occasions. Hawthorne Heights played there October 15th, bringing in multiple fans and selling threads of merchandise.
The genre of music played at Rhino’s ranges from Indie to Hardcore and everything in between. The most common music played there is hardcore because Bloomington teenagers have a need to mosh and dance. You can go to Rhino’s, arriving to listen to a new local band and leaving there with a new favorite band. You would be surprised with what you can find there.
October 30th, Rhino’s is having a Halloween Horrorshow performance, including Pariah, Ghost of Maine, and Locus Amoenus. It starts at 8 p.m. and costs $5 to get it. The show is expected to last for about three hours, from 8-11 p.m.
If you love music and art, Rhino’s is the place for you. Even though the scene is run down and relaxed, the love behind it is strong and growing. Rhino’s is the place to hang in Southern Indiana.
Written by: Becca Atwood, Staff Writer