The Red Palace Is Almost Ready
If you wanted to see Xiu Xiu, Rocky Votolato, or Marnie Stern, you'd head to DC9 or the Black Cat, right?
Not this fall. With the merger of the Red and the Black and the Palace of Wonders into the very literally named Red Palace, fans of midsized indie bands will have yet another venue to choose from. The space is expected to hold around 200 people.
Show listings will be temporarily posted on redandblackbar.com until the Red Palace's website is built (some shows at the new venue were announced via the Red and the Black's Twitter account yesterday). Advance tickets, never a possibility at the Red and the Black, are available for Red Palace shows. The venue has also lowered its entry age: 18-year-olds can now indulge in this aspect of Atlas District nightlife.
Performances for both venues will go dark from Sept. 25 to Oct. 14 while the Red Palace is under construction. But, if you're OK with a beer sans burlesque show, you're in luck. Steve Lambert, who books shows for the Red and the Black and Rock & Roll Hotel says that "either side will never close at all. Bars will be still be fully opened downstairs on either side. Both sides will definitely be open every day, just as usual. There just won't be any shows while we build out the upstairs."
The Red Palace's "unofficial soft grand opening" is set for Oct. 15 with My Dear Disco. If you can't wait that long for some new local venue excitement, the new rooftop deck of DC9, another Lambert-booked venue, will finally open at 5 p.m. today.