Former Rumor general manager Dillon Sweeney had a good thing going with his After Dark local music showcase. Now that owner the Siegel Group has sold the property, he’s producing a ramped-up, indie-centric version of that night called Amplified, which debuted last Saturday night inside the lounge at Artisan. Turns out it’s just the start for the boutique property. “One of our goals is to make Artisan where you can see live entertainment regularly, like places Downtown where touring talent come through,” Sweeney says. An open-mic night is slated to begin on February 27—shortly before the lounge undergoes renovations for two months—and Sweeney hopes to fill the weekly calendar with different kinds of acts. “I think we need more places for these bands to play, more local showcases that support these bands and help them grow.”
“I’m telling everybody to go down and buy as much as you can, because tomorrow it may not be there.”
Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead and Bob Marley all played concerts there.
Despite Tuesday’s rain, the demo rides were so popular, people were waiting outside for nearly an hour to try one.
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