September 22, 2013
The Ardmore Music Hall, (www.ardmoremusic.com) had their grand opening last night with a performance by Philadelphia’s own The Hooters. The Ardmore Music Hall is located at 23 E. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore PA which was formerly Brownie’s 23 East. The room itself holds as much history as any local venue in the Philadelphia or surrounding suburbs; from 1980 to 1994, the legendary 23 East Cabaret sat within the same walls, and hosted an infamous array of artists from The Dave Mathews Band, Blues Traveler, Hootie & The Blowfish, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, The Hooters, Joan Osborne and so many more. From 1996 to 2009, although the room became primarily a cover band venue, Brownies 23 East hosted national attractions such as Cheap Trick, Los Lobos, The Cherry Poppin Daddys, Merle Saunders, Vince Welnick, Melvin Seals, Steve Kimock, New Riders of The Purple Sage and more.
The venue has two full bars, state of the art sound and light equipment. The bar has 12 craft beers on tap as well as a wide variety of special cocktails designed for the music hall. The hall also serves a variety of finger food and sandwiches. The kitchen has a menu that could be described as unique and having a Middle Eastern flair to it. There are various dips that are served with grilled pita bread, various kabobs, and flatbread sandwiches.
Last night’s concert by the Hooter’s was outstanding. The boys from Philly performed tow sets covering many of their greatest hits but also preformed songs such as Concubine and South Philly Girls. A highlight of the evening was a performance of Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer. The version by the Hooters is a beautiful rendition that is relaxed and beautifully executed. The crowd was instantly hooked by the performance last night as the band drew the crowd in with every song. The Hooters were introduced by the WMMR’s Pierre Robert (www.wmmr.com/pierrerobert) and he was greeted enthusiastically by the crowd. Always the gentlemen, Pierre stopped to greet and talk to many of the audience. The Hooters also worked the crowd before showtime with a VIP dinner, open bar and as well as a meet and greet session where the band signed autographs while posing for photos with some of their biggest fans.
Formerly Brownies 23 East, project partners Bryan Dilworth of Bonfire Booking, Richard Kardon of Point Entertainment and Joe Rufo of Brownies 23 East have worked tirelessly to transform the historic suburban space into a beautiful concert hall. In the music competitive market such as Philadelphia, it isn’t unusual for different promoters to partner on shows from time to time. But now these three promoters are combining their collective forces to work together in the same venue. Last night the partners hit a home run with their grand opening event and are sure to continue the great tradition of music at this historic venue.