Opening of the Jefferson, plus Bird-bands at the Southern

November 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments · By

Well, the big news today is the grand opening of the Jefferson Theater, which is now active as a music venue again after several years of reconstruction and many, many more years before that as a much-beloved $2 movie theater. Coran Capshaw bought the place, it’s been heavily renovated, and it’s now serving as yet another wing of the all-powerful Starr Hill / RedLight / MusicToday empire.  But on the plus side, we have another venue in town, and it looks like it might be a really nice one.

Tonight’s inaugural show is headlined by the reliable local country/bluegrass favorites Sons of Bill, and the opener is Jason Isbell (formerly of the Drive-By Truckers) and his band the 400 Unit, along with special guest Peyton Tochterman. Doors are at 7:00pm, tickets are $17 at the door … that seems incredibly steep to me, but the proceeds are going to benefit the Music Resource Center, so that makes it significantly less outrageous.

There’s also a promising show one block away at the Southern; with touring band Bowerbirds and local openers Birdlips. I have no idea whether they’re playing together because they both have Bird band-names, or whether that was just a happy coincidence. I believe it’s Birdlips’ first show in town since returning from their tour, so it’ll be a nice chance to catch their charming act again.  Tickets are a comparatively meager $10, the doors open at 8:00pm, and it’s an all-ages show.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 baconfat // Nov 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I’m pretty sure that Coran doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Musictoday anymore, since he sold it a couple of years ago (over the course of 2 transactions) to Live Nation for a cool $26.5 million total. Musictoday has a lot of the same people working there as they did under Capshaw’s ownership, but all the bucks go to Live Nation, who probably couldn’t care less about what goes on in our dinky little burg (unless it’s an event at Scott Stadium or JPJ). The third axis of the empire you mention (if you don’t count the restaurants Coran owns) now would include ATO and TBD Records.

    Also, I believe Birdlips have relocated to the DC area, so they’re a little less “local” these days.

  • 2 James // Nov 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    thanks for the info, Dom. I didn’t know any of that.

  • 3 James // Nov 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    the WTJU blog has a write-up here, with more information (both musical and zoological) about the BowerBirds:

  • 4 Jesse // Nov 27, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Bowerbirds is one of those rare bands with no drummer per se, but wherein each other member plays 1/3 of a drum kit. Worth watching if only for that reason.