Blue Note begins the new year with new ideas

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago December 31, 2014 Dec 31, 2014 Wednesday, December 31 2014 Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1:46:00 PM CST in News
By: Jasmine Dell, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Blue Note starts the new year with new ideas and ownership. Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Blue Note will host its grand re-Opening.

Co-owner Matt Gerding said the club wants to introduce dance party ideas and theme nights such as Wednesday night's New Year's party Deca Dance, celebrating 100 years of music. A local DJ will play 1920's hot jazz and then run through the decades through the top dance hits of 2014. 

Gerding said, "We really wanted to maintain a classic kind of, you know, theater feel to it which is, you know, what the Blue Note is. It's a classic old vaudeville theater, a little bit of a modern flair to it."

The club has completely re-branded the venue with a record player logo, Gerding said.

"We are new owners. We did a pretty extensive remodel both here and Mojos, he said.

Updates to the Blue Note include:

  • Under lights and lights
  • Bar
  • Flooring
  • Railings
  • Band area 
  • Aisles 
  • Sound system (coming soon)
A large remodel was in an area not seen by most - the green rooms - where the bands stay. 

"When they are here we definitely want to make sure that they have a really good experience and so we updated the green rooms. We put in all new flooring and repainted, got all new furniture, fixed up the restrooms. So this room is down below the stage. It's to some degree a basement, but we didn't want it to feel like a basement. We wanted them to feel like it's their living room for the day when they are in town," Gerding said.

He said he hopes to book a variety of artists.

"We do what the people of Columbia will support and so we will book everything from folk music and jam bands to heavy metal to hip hop and rock and all kinds of music for diverse music and culture," Gerding said. "The programming at the venue will be similar to the past. Live music will always be our bread and butter".

The Blue Note will now be available for private events, including weddings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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