|Photo by Dave Wiegardt|
As we reported last week
, the new downtown St. Paul music venue Amsterdam Bar & Hall is opening its doors for the first time tonight for a preview, which will feature performances by Red Pens, BNLX, and Lillian and the Harveys in addition to offering concertgoers the first peek at the potential of the new space. Amsterdam is located in the Lawson Commons building -- it was formerly the site of the restaurant Pop! at 6th and Wabasha -- and is owned by Jon and Jarret Oulman, the same team that brought us the 331 Club in Northeast and the short-lived 501 Club in downtown Minneapolis.
Amsterdam will be one of a trio of new music-related spots to open on that block of downtown St. Paul this fall. Gig-poster shop Big Table Studio is also hosting a soft opening tonight at 6 p.m. (check their Facebook event for details
); and longstanding favorite Eclipse Records will give it another go in what will now be its third location, which is scheduled to open next week.
In addition to tonight's gig at Amsterdam, the venue will also host a show tomorrow night with the Goondas and Ghostmouth, and on Saturday with the Bitter Spills and Germaine Gemberling.
There is no cover for these gigs, and the owners warn that the bar will be cash-only and will have a very limited menu during their preview weekend (they plan to be running on all cylinders next week). They also said that attendees who park in the Lawson Ramp (off 5th St.) can have their tickets validated and receive the first three hours of parking for free. Keep up with all the latest updates on their Twitter account
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