Philly.com with the update:
Ever wonder if this town is big enough to support another big concert venue, let alone two? Pretty soon, we’ll know the answer.
The Bowery Presents, a New York-based concert promoter and club operator run by (among others) former Live Nation exec Jim Glancy, has taken a long-term lease on the big building at 1026 Spring Garden St., the former Spaghetti Warehouse. If all goes well with their Liquor Control Board application, BP will open a new rock club on the site in the fall.
There’s also a huge, 3,000-capacity House of Blues entertainment venue coming to the waterfront area, near the SugarHouse Casino. That’s if City Council concludes that the project, which David Grasso (owner of David Grasso Holdings Development Co.) has been striving to realize for several years, won’t negatively impact nearby residential areas.
As the concert company has recently done in Portland, Maine, and Boston, Bowery Presents has enlisted the aid of a local promoter, R5 Productions’ Sean Agnew, who has a strong relationship with up-and-coming bands and bleeding-edge concertgoers, and an interest in expanding beyond his current venue limits. (R5 does all the shows in the basement and chapel of the First Unitarian Church, plus a scattering of events at Johnny Brenda’s, the Barbary, Kung Fu Necktie, the Starlight Ballroom and occasionally co-promotes at World Cafe Live, the Tower Theater or Academy of Music.)
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