Sandra Wood-Wicke and I have had some great times together (do not ask her about the time we were thrown out of a Jerry Jeff Walker concert 3 times…don’t!), and it looks like the second half of our lives is going to be even more fun.
Hey, Sandra maybe you could get Jerry Jeff to play at your new club: The Venue on Park Avenue in
…we’ll see if he remembers us J
While we’re ‘Waiting for JerryJeff’, I’ll tell you a bit about Sandra’s club in downtown Freeport,
The Venue on
Park Avenue (217 E. Park Ave.)
. This multi-faceted venue serves as: the
best sounding nightclub in town with a seriously fantastic live music line-up, a groovy-groovy space to rent for parties: receptions, reunions (what a rockin’
place for that!) – heck, you could even get married there!
Dance Floor, Seating and Stage is Spacious and Comfy.
The Venue feels like home…only way more fun. It’s sleek and sophisticated and still manages to keep that ‘down home’ feeling. That’s not an easy task and it’s only been possible due to the combined efforts of 3 innovative folks: owner, Sandra Wood-Wicke and business partners Buddy and Deborah Barnett. Buddy and Deb’s many years of experience in the music and club scene combined with Sandra’s business savvy are working magic in
. The Venue is pulling fantastic national, state and local talent into the club and is giving
the best live music venue we’ve ever had. If you haven’t been to The Venue…you’re seriously missing out. The sound is phenomenal (that’s a huge
compliment coming from an audiophile like me), there’s a full bar, the friendliest
people, lots of seating space, large dance floor and nifty balcony with it’s own bar (open at owner’s discretion).
View from the Balcony at The Venue
The Ora Theater was built in 1940
Originally built in 1940, The Venue operated as The Ora Theater and was one of 3 theaters in
Freeport at the time. It has since been reincarnated twice as nightclubs: The Mine
Co. (do not ask Kay Mayberry or Kathy Goodbread Johnson about the night I wore a slip on my head at the Mine Co….don’t)! Buddy and Deborah Barnett also bring another historical aspect to The Venue: cool ass music memorabilia…there’s no other way to describe artwork featuring: Cream, the Doors and original ad posters from Liberty Hall! Check it all out in the lobby next time you’re here…make it soon…we want to keep this club alive and well.
Two videos here: brief interview and dancing with Sandra and performance snippet of the Sundance Head Band who recently rocked
The Venue. Special thanks to Sam Kendrick for doing an incredible job with sound!
There were several ‘Brazos’ moments at the Sundance Head concert….
Jen leaving to go to The Venue to catch The Sundance Head Band when phone rings ~
Sandra: It’s me….have you left your house yet?
Jen: Just leaving.
Sandra: Good, bring some spoons.
Jen: Spoons? What is this..the 80’s?
Sandra: No, Somebody wants to play them.
Jen: Cool – I’ll grab my woodies and stainless!
Sandra: Hee Heee (you know that laugh of hers)!
Jen makes new friend, spoon-playing Mary-Bob, at The Venue J
And at the end of the show…
Sandra: Corky this is Sam Kendrick
: I know you…I know your daddy, and your uncle and your…
Corky: I sold ‘em a car. I’m financing one for (I forget which relative Corky named) right now…
Sam: Yeah, I know you!
And they go on (and on) to talk about relatives and cars…
Ahhh…it’s good to be home J
P/S Bobby Bass
clearly needs to defend his honor –
I’m publicly challenging him to an interview (see Sandra and Grady’s videos to find out why)! Does anyone know…does Bobby have a garage….or is he…‘nobody’?
Weekly !Live! Music Forum: June 23-June 25
Thursday June 23
Th Kicks, Angleton: Junior Gordon, Country
Th Pier 30 , Surfside: Karoake Concepts
Th The Venue, Freeport: DJ – Nite Ladies Free before 10, $1 jello shots
Friday June 24
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: The Stickup Kids
Saturday, June 25
Starts at 6:00. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes!
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Don’t forget The 64th Annual Fishin’ Fiesta!
More Cajun Fun, Country and More!
Thursday June 30, 2011
Anthony Smith6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jabo and the S. Coast Zydeco Band
9:00 pm – Midnight
Friday July 1, 2011
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jaime y Los Chamacos
8:30 pm – Midnight
Saturday July 2, 2011
Dean Seltzer and Band7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ray Price9:30 – 11:00 pm
11:00 to 1:00 a.m.