Amherst’s live music venue, The Drake, will open with a performance by jazz violinist Regina Carter on April 28

Downtown Amherst makes way for a new live music venue that pays homage to one of the city’s most popular bars in the early 60s and 70s: The Drake opens April 28 to a crowd of local and national music acts.

Located on the second floor of the Amherst Bank Building at 44 North Pleasant St. The Drake will feature Northampton Jazz Workshop’s Green Street Trio when they soft open April 26. Carter, who will serenade guests with a live performance.

The venue – which includes a lounge area and a dance floor – is open to all ages. Guests 21 and older can drink at a full-service bar that includes craft cocktails, wine, and beer.

Tickets for the Green Street Trio, Regina Carter and future shows can be purchased here.

Named after The Drake bar and hotel that was popular in the city during the 60s and 70s before closing its doors in 1985, the reimagined venue seeks to infuse popular performances into the downtown Amherst scene. .

The Downtown Amherst Foundation, the group responsible for the venue, said it was thrilled to showcase a wide range of artists that appeal to Amherst’s diverse population. They hope the new location will attract culturally curious and savvy travelers from outside the area to benefit Amherst’s many local businesses.

“We believe in the power of the arts to enrich our lives and unite communities,” DAF said in a statement.

Here are some other artists coming to The Drake in April and May:

  • Ethio-Groove & Funk group Gili Yalo & the Anbessa Orchestra on April 29
  • Singer and guitarist Loudon Wainwright III on April 30
  • Local electro-pop band Home Body + NOVA ONE on May 1st
  • Low rock trio Vapors of Morphine on May 6th
  • DJ sets by Nickodemus / Gabriele Poso Duo / DJ Bongohead on May 7

Tickets for these future shows can be purchased here.

The site will also host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 2 and an Open Mic party on May 10.

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