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Old 08-01-2018, 01:11 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County MD
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There are continuing conversations about reopening the venue. The latest is from Smedes York, president of York Properties, which owns the complex.

WRAL.com: Cameron Village Underground could find new life as jazz club
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:35 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I saw that article. I wasn't in raleigh for the original incarnation, but i have read a few articles about it. It seems like this would be very cool and would reclaim an interesting part of raleigh's past. I hope it happens.
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Old 08-01-2018, 05:44 AM
 
Location: At the NC-SC Border
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It'll never be the same but what the heck. A new Village Subway could be big.
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Old 08-01-2018, 06:33 AM
 
Location: NC
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It'll never be the same but what the heck. A new Village Subway could be big.
I agree. I was also not in Raleigh when it was open, or at least never got to go there, but I know a little bit about the history. Back then, big bands played small venues, and things were different. Now, you won't see a modern day equivalent of the Ramones coming to some box under an old strip-mall, it would be mayhem. At best, it would open, the sound would be God-awful (Ritz, anyone), and parking, access, and policing would all be problematic.

Now, on the other hand, if they were to take the space (which I've never seen) and create another venue that fell somewhere between the Lincoln and the Pour House, with regards to size, and if they were to invest to make it a modernly acoustic viable place, with good lines of site, decent amenities, and whatnot, and were to attract appropriate acts, that might be something. I'm not sure we need another venue in that 'space' (refers to size and acts, not location), but that's where I see it having a chance.

Sorry, but I just can't see, in 2019 and beyond, in the internet age, having a place that is 40 years old, small, unfit for big crowds, and attracting regional or national acts. It just won't work in the internet age, I don't think.

(It occurs to me that I did not read the article, so I'll do that right now.)


Nevermind. It would be cool for what is proposed: A jazz club for local acts. I think any kind of club for local acts would be appropriate, but it will never be what I understood it to be in it's hey-day.
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Old 08-01-2018, 12:36 PM
 
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A purely jazz club is a bad idea. It should be a venue that accommodates a variety of music acts
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Old 08-01-2018, 01:52 PM
 
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Sounds like this venue had some serious character. Really hope it happens. More entertainment options only make the city more vibrant.
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