Saturday, February 10, 2007

Forthcoming Speakeasy jazz club on the Tribune front page.

It is ironic that after mentioning the Historical Preservation Commission’s intriguing Thursday meeting agenda, and noting that the forthcoming Speakeasy signage was up for consideration (it passed), Mike “Wunderkind” Kopp unexpectedly introduced me to Mr. Tharp as we were sitting at the Bistro New Albany enjoying appetizers and ale.

Career musicians to open Speakeasy in New Albany, by Eric Scott Campbell (News and Tribune).

Next on downtown New Albany’s set list: “Speakeasy,” a little jazz number. East End residents Brad and Lori Tharp have leased a former antique store on State Street between Main and Market streets. By late spring, they plan to open a restaurant and bar and host jazz performances on a near-daily basis.

There’ll probably be an NABC tap or two, and there’s interest in other good beers.

And something about music, too …

11 comments:

Highwayman said...

As Mr. Barksdale said at numerous times last evening, "It just keeps getting better and better!"

Just think, now we can drink beer, hear live jazz, and not have to be concerned about crossing the river afterward.

New Blood for New Albany said...

Leave it to Mike Kopp! He's the man. Did he mention the new massage parlor section of town planned?

youthmovement said...

Make sure to limit Mike Kopp's Croupier consumption to under 3 or he turns into Super-Kopp!

Csd619 said...

I think the people planning on opening this are new neighbors of my in-laws. This should make a nice edition to our city, in fact if this trend continues we may actually have a good choice of things to do around here with out have to go to lousy-ville!

John Alton 2007 said...

It's like New Albany's version of "Preservation Hall"! It's a fresh, original idea for NA, and it fits right in. Maybe they'll have a Mardi Gras party. Congrats to NABC on their part of this too. Where else can you get crawdads, gumbo, jazz, and NABC beer all under one 1860 roof?

The Well Hungarian said...

As a local semi-professional musician, I welcome the new venue for live music. Even though I like and have played jazz, please don't limit the focus of the music to be just jazz.

The New Albanian said...

Most of what I've heard about this venue has used "blues" along with jazz to describe the possible musical menu. Were it to be eclectic, that'd be best, I believe.

jon faith said...

Chasing the latest balloon, how many participants on this site have actually ventured across immeasurable river to Louisville's Jazz Factory? It certainly reflects upon viability and herd psychology.

The New Albanian said...

Certainly not as often as I should, given my affection for the music and the excellence of the venue.

However, were I to be in position to walk or ride a bicycle, it would be very different for me. As Jon and others know, the issue of beer compatibility with automotive transport keeps me wary.

Besides that, if the new Speakeasy carries NABC beer, then any visit is a potential work-related tax deduction. Those nickels and dimes, you know.

CannonFarms said...

Sure the Jazz Factory is lots of fun! Also the Stevie Ray's! Some of the same Bands play at Hubler Winery Sunday nights durring the Summer.

SPEAKEASY JAZZ said...

We (SPEAKEASY) just turned one year old and would like to thank New Albany for a great year. We look forward to many more!