Downtown Newark is gaining a new live music performance space in October with the grand opening of Thirty One West. The venue, located at 31 West Church Street, was originally constructed as a dance hall and meeting space, and is in the process of being renovated and restored to its former glory.
Tom Atha, owner of Newark-based Earthwork Recording Studio, purchased the building to save it from foreclosure.
“Our small team of dedicated musicians and community leaders has taken great pride in preserving this historical building and restoring the Union Square block as a hub of art and entertainment downtown Newark,” he stated.
Downtown Newark has gone through major renovations throughout 2016, with an $80 million dollar renovation of the streetscape of the area, and the grand opening of the nearby Canal Market District. Thirty One West also sits just a block away from the historic Midland Theatre, which brings an ongoing lineup of musicians and entertainers to the area.
“Our mission is to showcase local, regional, and national talent in the creative arts through collaboration and partnership with independent artisans, restaurants, craft brewers, musicians, and educators,” said Atha. “The inclusion of Denison University as the curator of a first-floor art studio and performance space for its Bluegrass program has enhanced our ability to reach beyond performance and to encourage passion and appreciation for all arts and cultures.”
The main ballroom at Thirty One West can host 250 people seated or 500 standing. The basement is home to “Bootlegger,” a new bar and lounge with a smaller state. The large building also features ground-floor retailers including Moe’s Original BBQ, a yoga studio and a play-cafe for families, and fourteen apartment units on the upper floors.
The grand opening of Thirty One West is a five-day affair taking place from October 4th through October 8th. Featured bands and musicians include Saintseneca, Playing to Vapors, The Saturday Giant, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons and more.
For more information, visit www.thirtyone-west.com