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Following the announcement earlier this month of the closure of Knoxville concert venue The Valarium comes news of new ownership.
Daniel Leal, former owner of 4620 Reinvented (where The Well is located now) and current owner of Ooga Mooga’s Tiki Tavern, took ownership Nov. 12, he confirmed to me this weekend. No word yet on whether the name will remain the same or what other changes might be in store — including what role adjacent club The Cider House might play in the operation — but one thing’s for certain: There will be rock shows. Already on the schedule: The “Brothers of Brutality” tour, featuring Emmure and Blount/Knox-based death metal band Whitechapel, set for Jan. 8.
I’ll post more info as I find it out; word is an official announcement is coming Thursday.
UPDATE: That industrious little Knox weekly Metro Pulse followed up on my announcement with some tidbits of their own, including the name change: Blackstock Auditorium. You can read MP’s blog post here.
Previous owners haven’t had a lot of luck with the spot at 4620 Kingston Pike in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood, but if we were betting peeps over here at The Daily Times, our money would go on Gina Truitt making something vibrant and viable out of it.
She’s certainly going to give it her all — The Well opens next month in that location, formerly the home of 4620 Jazz Club, which couldn’t survive long after owner Melissa Rosenthal died in a car wreck in 2007. It closed briefly, re-opened under new ownership and was purchased by Daniel Leal, who turned it into 4620 Reinvented. That place did OK, hosting artists like Toby Lightman and Wayne Hancock before changing names (and target clientele, becoming a gay bar) to Velvet … but for more than a year, it’s been vacant.
Now, Truitt — who used to run The Spot, a former midtown watering hole and patio bar, for 10 years and most recently managed Sunspot on “The Strip” and Barley’s Taproom in the Old City — is the property’s new proprietor. It helps that she’s plugged into the local music scene in a way few club owners are; after all, her sweetheart is local singer-songwriter Matt Woods, whose music and work locally is known and respected.
A brief description of The Well, from the venue’s website: “Our stage is the newest addition to Knoxville’s strong music scene. Moreover, we are the only place providing original local, regional and national talent west of downtown … The Well is a comfortable spot to enjoy food, drink and original live music. The Well offers a smoke-free environment with a separate smoking room. We are open to patrons 21 and up seven nights a week, hosting music for five. Look for nightly drink specials, half-price food on Sundays, vinyl record nights, afternoons with newly released CDs, guest chef nights and more.”
The grand opening is the week of Jan. 20, and by the look of the calendar on the aforementioned website, things are going to start off with a bang.
Congrats to Gina. Now do your part by supporting.
Unfortunately, my preview of Texas country dude Dale Watson probably won’t be appearing in the pages of Weekend on Friday. He was originally scheduled to perform Thursday, Jan. 28 at 4620 Reinvented, 4620-A Kingston Pike in Knoxville. However, ticket sales over at Brown Paper Tickets have been stopped … the venue’s calendar has been cleared … and now comes word from a source that owner Daniel Leal has canceled everything for the time being. No word on when or if live music will be featured under whatever new plan he comes up with. Stay tuned for more as it develops.
The club has long suffered problems. In 2007, it remained open briefly after owner Melissa Rosenthal died in a car wreck, and Leal has worked hard over the past couple of years to keep it viable.
UPDATED: I just talked to owner Daniel Leal — live music shows are greenlit, it seems, except for the Jan. 28 Dale Watson show. This weekend’s performances by surf-punk legends Agent Orange and the Matt Woods Trio, The Beautiful Losers and Truckstop Coffee on Saturday night are all a go, he said.
“We’re changing the name, so everything is in flux right now,” Leal said. “We’re not shutting down, but 4620 will no longer exist.”
The new name is being kept under wraps for now. More to be revealed later. In the meantime, check out the interview with did with Agent Orange vet Mike Palm last August. That’ll be a hell of a show.
UPDATED AGAIN, Jan. 28: My esteemed peer over in K-town, “Ramblin’” Randall Brown, has the skinny on 4620’s transformation — apparently, it’s being renamed and turned into a gay-oriented nightclub and showbar. Good for them. Whatever pays the bills. Read about it on Mr. Brown’s fine, fine blog.
First the Tenderhooks, now female-fronted pop-rockers Vertigo are giving up the ghost.
Vocalist Lindsey Stamey posted a blog on the band’s Myspace page yesterday with the announcement:
“Words can not really describe the roller coaster that has been Vertigo these past few years. We have had many amazing accomplishments, but it’s time for us to start new chapters in our lives. We have been so blessed with very caring people who would do anything to help us and for that we say thank you. We have been very blessed with the best fans in the world who supported us and came out to our shows. We have 2 more shows left. The info you can find on our main page. We hope to see you there. We love you all very dearly and please keep and ear out for new things we may all do.
The band’s final Knoxville show will be Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 4620 Reinvented, 4620-A Kingston Pike in Knoxville’s Bearden neighborhood. Cover is $5. The final show ever will be Friday, Nov. 20 at The Downtown in Morristown.
We interviewed the group last year when they played Thunderworld USA in Maryville. You can read that here.