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New Speakeasy Music Venue Opens Downtown

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A new speakeasy has landed in town, and unlike most others, it actually has a secret location. The Parlor, started by local musicians and entertainers, will open this month at a former residence on High Street Downtown.

There’s no passcode, special knock, or lever to pull for access. Those interested in a membership can apply for one online. The venue’s Facebook page has a sign up option for details, and those who submit their information will get access to an application. 

This month, Parlor founder Joey Hendrickson is reviewing member applications, a total of 201 to be accepted. According to the Parlor’s Facebook page, “if guests are not a primary or second connection of our members, they will likely not be admitted.” Those who aren’t admitted will be issued a refund; those who are will receive the address of the Parlor and are required to recite an oath of secrecy upon arrival.

“We have a vision to make The Parlor a best kept secret place where, every Friday or Saturday night, you can just knock on the secret door and walk into a room full of good people, who understand the importance of underground culture, who are warm and knowledgeable professionals, who are all benefactors of artists that are living and creating incredible stories,” Hendrickson posted on his Facebook page earlier this month.

According to a press release, the purpose of creating the Parlor was to establish a venue that could benefit local and national artists while not requiring guests to drink. To that end, the Parlor won’t sell alcohol, but they’ve partnered with North High Brewing to provide two free drinks to audience members; or, guests can bring their own.

The venue itself is intimate, offering limited seating in front of a small stage.

Local artists Sam Bodary and Hello Emerson will lead the kickoff show on Jan. 11. It’s sold out, but more performances are upcoming.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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