Drove by the Ridglea Theater this morning, where its sister space, the Ridglea Bar, has signage up and work was transpiring at a pretty furious pace. They've got to get things in shape for Sunday, when the first music show of any kind since December 2010 kicks off, as I first reported last month.
Unlike what has been erroneously reported elsewhere, the first show at Ridglea Bar will actually be Sunday, and will feature Denver's Wheelchair Sports Camp, alongside Dru B Shinin (who will be joined by singer-songwriter Luke Wade), Dirt & Earthyvibes and Doug Funnie. Monday's show features acts from California, Ohio, Washington D.C. and Florida: Le Blorr, Eyes Lips Eyes, Toy Bombs, Lo Pan and Caustic Casanova.
Tuesday, Canada's Young Empires and Library Voices take the stage, with New York City's Black Taxi. Friday, it's St. Louis rockers Kentucky Knife Fight and the Blind Eyes, with the Technicolors and Dallas singer-songwriter Gaston Light (aka Jason Corcoran). March 18 closes out the free week of shows with performances from Hooded Fang, Star & Micey and Carolina Story.
Every show is free for those 18 and up, and since the bar's liquor license is still pending, it's BYOB initially (the Ridglea Bar will be selling set-ups for mixed drinks, according to press materials).
Despite the unexpected twists and turns in the ongoing restoration of the Ridglea Theater, it is heartening to finally see some form of live music in the area once more. Hopefully, this week of shows is the first of many to come, and the public seizes its chance to step inside the Ridglea Bar and hear something new.