Cue the cheers: The Ridglea Theater has, at long last, secured a booking for a show.
AEG Live announced earlier today that heavy metal super-group Down (Phil Anselmo, Pepper Keenan, Kirk Windstein, Pat Bruders and Jimmy Bower) will perform Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Ridglea Theater. It's the first confirmed gig at the venue since New Year's Eve 2010, which is reflected in a bit of serendipitous scheduling: Warbeast, which appeared at that final Ridglea Theater blow-out, is also booked to play the concert set for September and is signed to Anselmo's Housecore Records. (Haarp is also on the bill, which serves as Down's 2012 tour kick-off.)
Hopefully, this first show being on the heavier end of things doesn't mean that fans of other genres will remain unfulfilled by the Ridglea once it gets going in earnest. (And, my educated guess would be other shows will be announced for the weekend before or after this concert; most venues don't host grand openings in the middle of the week.)
Tickets are $25, and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via AXS.com. It's gratifying to see that owner Jerry Shults has persevered through all manner of ups and downs, and that the Ridglea Theater will indeed host live music once again.
The other components of the Ridglea Theater complex, Ridglea Bar and the as-yet-unnamed third room (previously where the Moon intended to relocate, before that deal imploded), are slated to open next month, according to Shults. What Shults considers "major construction" has been complete for almost two months, with a brand-new air conditioning unit installed on the roof to cap it off. In upgrading the roof, the marquee sustained some light damage, which will be repaired before the venue opens. Richard Van Zandt told me in May the intention is to have a single liquor license covering all three spaces, with the Ridglea Bar primarily booking singer-songwriters. Stay tuned for more.