The current operators of The Royal music venue on Baker Street will call it quits at the end of this month, but it’s hardly a time to fret for live music lovers.
In this story, you can read about the possible future of the venue. Building owner Luke Menkes is currently searching for a solution that would keep the popular bar in the 300 block of Baker Street open. He seems confident the music won’t end.
What replaces the current operation is unlikely to mirror the quality and care put in by Paul Hinrichs and Howie Ross. The pair have brought incredible acts to Nelson like Bill Frisell, Mother Mother, Dan Mangan and earlier this week Stars. The pair have a magic touch that has managed to lure bands that have long outgrown tiny outposts like Nelson.
More encouraging news comes in this story. Hume Hotel manager Ryan Martin has secured the services of Hinrichs to take over bookings at Spiritbar. That venue is already no slouch when it comes live music. It would appear Hinrichs will continue to dazzle us with his bookings.
When the last notes are played at the present incarnation of that space in our downtown, it will be the end of an era. But it’s certainly not the end of live music for big acts and small.
Even if you took The Royal out of the mix — which it appears will not be the case — there is Spiritbar, Finley’s, Capitol Theatre, Shambhala Performance Hall and a variety of smaller venues that are alive and well. For visiting acts and locals alike, there is no shortage of stages to perform on.
Nelson’s nightlife, culture and appreciative audience is what attracts musicians to our community. As long as there is a love for music in this town, there will be an act that wants to share its talent.