Category: Theaters & Clubs

Chillin’ At Ziggy’s

WINTER SEASON: Ziggy’s in High Point, North Carolina, opened in April, 2022. (Jay Stephens photo) Baby, it’s cold outside. The winter months are challenging for outdoor, festival-style venues with a truncated concert calendar and shrinking margins. Some club operators like industry veteran Jay Stephens, at Ziggy’s in High Point, North Carolina, look for alternative options and locations when temperatures plummet. This is first winter season for the 1,500-cap venue, which opened on April 1, 2022, in a stretch of neglected brick warehouses in partnership with Cohab Space, a showroom featuring award-winning furniture designers in a 110-year-old former hosiery mill. Stephens investigated refurbishing adjoining warehouse space, but the cost was more than $1 million for a potential audience of 750 and it would take a year to complete. Another option was tenting the open space but fire suppression systems and a $75,000 price tag “didn’t seem like a great idea,” Stephens… Continue Reading Chillin’ At Ziggy’s

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THE DOSSIER: JOE’S LIVE

JOE’S LIVE, opened in 2016, has a capacity of 1,600. (Courtesy Venue) EAT AT JOE’S (ON WEED) CLUB ROSEMONT, ILL. CAPACITY: 1,600 Country music has a long history in the Windy City, but it has a home thanks to Ed Warm. The Appalachian and southern migration to Chicago in the 1950s established a country music presence in the market. Over the past 25 years, Warm and 26-year business partner Tom DiSanto have provided a Midwest welcome mat for the format through Joe’s on Weed, Joe’s Live, the Windy City Smokeout country music and barbecue festival. They also reopened gritty late-night, honky tonk Carol’s Pub. A native of Chicago, Warm and his partner opened Joe’s on Weed in 1997 with the intention of being a live music venue. At the time, they were booking original rock and classic rock, but 9/11 changed the focus in a profound way that has had… Continue Reading THE DOSSIER: JOE’S LIVE

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