Orpheum closing this weekend; reopening June 18 on Seventh Avenue
This weekend, say goodbye to the Orpheum as you know it.
As expected, the cozy Ybor City rock club will move to its new location in Ybor City on June 18, according to an announcement from owners today. The final event at the venue is this weekend's concert by L.A. indie rockers Grouplove. Over the next week, the Orpheum will move from its current location at 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba to a new address, 1915 Seventh Ave. -- the former site of hip-hop castle Temple Lounge.
Moving to the east end of Seventh, near clubs like Prana and Empire, is perhaps a bit of a risk for a club that has hosted shows by Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. But the venue will be larger (more competition for Crowbar, perhaps?) and gives it a huge boost in visibility.
Owners say Orpheum will reopen June 18 for its regular Retro Red Square Recall Saturday. This means all upcoming concerts at the venue -- including Torche on July 11, 100 Monkeys on July 28 and The Dear Hunter on Aug. 18 -- will be held at the new venue.
Get the venue's full announcement after the jump.
From Dave Hundley of No Clubs Productions, which puts on shows at the venue:
TAMPA’S ORPHEUM RELOCATES
Legendary Ybor City Music Venue Finds a Bigger Room and Bigger Stage Just Down the Street
(TAMPA, FL) After more than a decade of hosting thousands of concerts, dance parties and other entertainment events, beloved Tampa nightclub and original-music venue Orpheum is relocating from its longtime home at 1902 Avenida Republica de Cuba in Ybor City. The new location, 1915 Seventh Avenue, opens for business Saturday, June 18 to host the popular Retro Red Square Recall dance night.
The new location features a larger room and stage, as well as a prime position on Seventh Avenue, the famous focal point of Ybor City’s varied and storied nightlife.
Over its ten-year-plus lifespan, the original Orpheum saw live sets by acts ranging from underground heroes such as The Dismemberment Plan, Ted Leo & Pharmacists and Lucero to big names like Against Me!, Modest Mouse, Authority Zero and even The Jonas Brothers. The venue also served as a cornerstone of the Tampa Bay area’s vibrant original-music scene, booking countless local bills as well as providing a place for regional talent to share the stage with national touring acts.
Staffed by local artists and music fans, the Orpheum has always provided a comfortable and familiar hangout for all of Tampa’s creatives and culture mavens, and will continue in this tradition in its new home.
The final event at the Avenida Republica de Cuba address will be held Saturday, June 11, and features Grouplove, Lions After Dark and John Gold. All following scheduled events, as listed at http://www.theorpheum.com, are at the new Seventh Avenue location.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*