Orpheum moving to Seventh Avenue in Ybor City
On Thursday night, the Orpheum in Ybor City saw fit to drop this little bombshell on their Facebook page:
If you don’t know, this summer THE ORPHEUM IS MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION! We are excited about it and we hope everyone else will be excited too! Lookout for more info coming soon. :-)
Yes, according the folks at No Clubs Productions, which runs the Orpheum, the venerable underground and indie club — which has hosted such acts as Iron & Wine, Rogue Wave, the Ting Tings, Young the Giant, Black Lips, Dum Dum Girls, Fiery Furnaces and even, um, the Jonas Brothers — will be moving to a larger location on Seventh Avenue in a few months. Details are still being hammered out, said Dave Hundley of No Clubs, but it looks like an official rebirth could happen as early as July.
How do you feel about this? On the one hand, the Orpheum has always been a cool, cozy little corner of the underground that’s far enough off Seventh to keep away most of the Ybor party scene. The sound system and overall vibe are very good. And in addition to concerts, the club has hosted cool indie and soul dance nights each week, instead of your typical Top 40 music.
On the other, more space is more space, and the Orpheum could certainly use it, as anyone who’s ever attended a packed show there can testify.
For now, we can tell you that the shows that are currently booked at the Orpheum, including Tropical Heatwave on May 14, are still a go. We’ll keep you posted on any new details about the move and new venue.
Unrelated postscript: As you may have heard, Hundley was hospitalized for several weeks earlier this year — including two weeks in an induced coma — due to a nasty bout with influenza. He’s been recouperating ever since.
His message to his many well-wishers: Get a flu shot.
“I’m the poster boy for the influenza shot,” he said. “No one’s ever die dfrom getting a shot. Fifty to sixty thousand people a year die from influenza. This is what started it.”
Glad to have him back on the scene.
— Jay Cridlin, tbt*