A Look Inside New Venue Delmar Hall on Its Opening Night with Stir

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PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo

Delmar Hall, the new 800-capacity venue brought to you by the minds behind the Pageant, saw a sold-out show for its opening to the public this past weekend. The 10,000-square-foot space hosted a reconstituted Stir for a packed Friday night.

Situated in the space that formerly housed Big Shark Bicycle Company on the eastern limits of the Loop, Delmar Hall can be thought of as a kid brother to its next-door neighbor the Pageant — both venues are operated by co-owners Joe Edwards and Patrick Hagin. Delmar Hall is meant to serve as a stepping stone from the smaller venues in town — for example, Edwards' Duck Room at Blueberry Hill — to the Pageant's renowned stage.

Delmar Hall is also intended to harken back to the glory days of Mississippi Nights, the bygone St. Louis venue Hagin managed for nineteen years prior to the Pageant's opening. (Located downtown, Mississippi Nights closed in early 2007 to make room for Lumière Place.)

In this way, Stir — a St. Louis act that was active from 1994 to 2005, flirting with major-label success during that time — was a perfect pick to kick things off. Stir spent more than a little time on Mississippi Nights' stage, even recording a live album there in 2002. The band recently reunited at July's inaugural Wayback Pointfest, presented by 105.7 FM (KPNT). This weekend's show was its second since reforming.

Stir also proves that the system works — in light of its capacity showing this weekend, the band has already added a December date at the Pageant to the books as well.

We sent photographer Holly Ravazzolo to the show this weekend to shoot pictures of the new venue. Check them out below:

PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo

PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo

Delmar Hall's spacious bar. - PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo
  • Delmar Hall's spacious bar.

The view from the stage. - PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo
  • The view from the stage.

PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo

Life Without Wayne opened the show. - PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo
  • Life Without Wayne opened the show.

A reunited Stir performed to a packed house. - PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo
  • A reunited Stir performed to a packed house.

PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo

PHOTO BY HOLLY RAVAZZOLO
  • Photo by Holly Ravazzolo



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