By Jared Curtis
New music venue offers more than just concerts
The 504 Club opened its doors in January as the newest concert venue in the metro. Taking over the space, which was formerly home to the Downtown Church, was a task, but with some blood, sweat and tears, the owners have it up and running. The club has already brought in a bevy of artists including the grandmaster of funk, George Clinton.
"We put a lot of work converting this place into a great venue," said Skyler VanWalbeek, who handles booking, entertainment and promotion for 504. "It's a huge open space, so it allows people to relax and spread out during a show, instead of being crammed together."
The venue offers a capacity of 680 and books bands throughout the week. Some upcoming shows include Clutterbilly (March 11), Gimikk (March 25) and Rebel Creek (March 31). Originally, 504 was going to be open on show nights only, but it was soon decided the club had more to offer than just concerts.
"We have a really cool bar, and we wanted to offer more events every night so we can start building a regular clientele," VanWalbeek said.
The bar offers Happy Hour from 4:30 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Patrons can enjoy $2 wells and domestic bottles. A number of nightly specials also are offered throughout the week. Stop in Monday for Happy Hour prices all day. On Tuesday it's "Ladies Night," and females can enjoy $1 wells from 9 p.m. to midnight. Wednesday is "Hump Day," offering $2.50 Captain Morgan drinks as well as a cover-free show. On Thursday enjoy $2.50 Jack Daniels drinks and $4 Jameson drinks. Start your weekend off right on Friday with $4 bombs. Sunday is Service Industry Night with a bartender's choice for specials.
"We really wanted to expand our specials so patrons remember us as more than just a music venue with a bar," said Brandie Wilson, bar manager.
Along with a number of drink specials, the 504 Club has three pool tables, dartboards, "Big Buck Hunter" and some ticket machines. While you're there, try a house specialty, the "504 Bomb."
"It's a whiskey-based bomb, so it packs a kick," Wilson said. "They're only $3, so it's a great deal."
The bar will host a St. Patrick's Day party on March 17. Mooseknuckle will perform, and the bar will be offering drink specials including $5 Irish Car Bombs, $4 Butter Crowns and $2.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller High Life.
"It should be a great time, and we'll have some prizes to give away as well," Wilson said.
Wilson said they're proud of what they've accomplished thus far, as they strive to become the best bar/concert venue location in town.
"The main reason to stop down is the live music we offer, but a lot of people don't know we are the biggest bar/venue in the East Village," she said. "It's a great neighborhood because you can grab dinner, get some drinks and see a concert without leaving the block." CV
caption: Bar manager Brandie Wilson pours a 504 Bomb at 504 Club, 504 E. Locust St. Hours are Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m. to close; Saturday, noon to close; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to close. For more information on upcoming events and shows, visit www.504club.com.