HAMDEN — Concert venue Spaceland Ballroom is being forced to change its name after a dispute with a Los Angeles concert promoter.
Lawyers for Spaceland Productions in Los Angeles, which books concerts as “Spaceland Presents,” sent Ballroom owner Steve Rodgers cease-and-desist letters on the grounds that it owns the Spaceland name, and both businesses work in live music entertainment. Rodgers, seeking legal advice, was told he would likely lose any legal effort to keep the name.
Spaceland Productions was an offshoot of the former L.A.-area alternative rock nightclub Spaceland, which itself changed its name to the Satellite in 2011. The Hamden venue will now be called the Ballroom at the Outer Space.
Rodgers opened the 300-capacity ballroom in early 2013, attached to his 100-person craft beer bar and music venue The Outer Space. Both are across a parking lot from his all-ages venue The Space, located in an industrial park at 295 Treadwell Street.