The Wedge just emailed to say it's having its grand opening on Friday, October 17. (For more information the venue, check out our blogpost.) Says the missive: "The restaurant will open for lunch at 11 a.m., and continue serving food on through 11 p.m. in the evening, with a limited late-nite menu through close at 1:30 a.m."
"To help celebrate the opening, local hard rock favorites Gold Tooth will be taking the stage at 10 p.m. for a thrashing throw down. Prior to Gold Tooth performing, DJ Elemental Child will be spinning his massive collection of music in the ground floor bar, starting at 8 p.m. And who know? There might just be a few more surprises lined up."
The bar downstairs is free that night to come check out. However, the price for the show? Eight bucks, with a two dollar minor surcharge, because the show is 18-plus. I'm glad there's a new venue booking shows, but charging that much money for what appears to be one band -- a local band, even, and that's not a dig on Gold Tooth or local bands; that ticket price isn't unheard of for national acts with guarantees -- on the first night it's open, especially in this economy, is somewhat outrageous.
If the Wedge wants people to come check out its space and make it a viable destination for concertgoers -- and with its location, it is a destination venue, not one you drop by on the way to go somewhere else -- it might want to make admission cheaper, or at least reduce the price for the opening weekend so people aren't disinclined to attend.
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