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March 13, 2009

The Quarter at Bourbon Street opens today

quarter.jpgEver wonder what Sam Chaney's been up to since becoming the general manager of Bourbon Street (316 Guilford Ave.)?

Wonder no more.

Today is the debut of The Quarter, a live music venue located inside Bourbon Street. Kinda in Bourbon Street and kinda not, actually.

The Quarter has a separate entrance, lighting rig, ticket booth, bathrooms and its own access to the rooftop deck, Chaney said ...

Paul Manna of 24-7 Entertainment (they book the Recher Theatre, among others) will be scheduling national, regional and local bands at The Quarter on a regular basis. The Quarter holds about 500 people, and it actually only takes up 1/3 of Bourbon Street's space.

"I know, it sounds funny saying the Quarter is a 1/3 but the Quarter comes from the French Quarter," Chaney wrote in an e-mail.

Tonight's show is Ashes Remain, Of Broken, Loving the Lie and Recast. 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:39 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


It's a good attempt to use the space BS has, and a sensible target in terms of people. Whether it will work (competition, the economy, location, band selection, Baltimore's fickle nature, etc.) is another story. But good for them for making the investment and giving it a shot.

Between Sonar, Rams Head, and now this that area is becoming a nice hodgepodge of musical venues. Hope they bring in some good talent. But, I still don't like the name, I lived in NOLA for five years and I just don't see the similiarity unless people are flashing for beads from the top of the JFX.

Yeah, I agree. The name is super lame and unoriginal. Unfortunately that might lead people to believe it's a cheese fest without even stepping in. And all depends on the bands they bring in.

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