Sunday, January 27, 2008

Wintergrass venues

The Wintergrass schedule published a few days ago reveals new information about the stage venues for the upcoming festival. As reported earlier, a major overhaul of the main festival hotel required reconfiguring some stage locations. Contrary to that item, however, the hotel's roof restaurant will not be used as a venue.

According to a posting by festival co-producer Patrice O'Neill on the Wintergrass message board, a new express elevator serving the newly renamed Murano Hotel's roof restaurant is not yet ready. Instead, a new venue has been added offsite, at the Varsity Grill at 1114 Broadway, a half block from the hotel.

The Varsity will serve as the festival's dance venue, where acts such as Trampled By Turtles and The Duhks are scheduled to rock into the wee hours Friday and Saturday night. The dance stage in previous years, the lower level ballroom of the main hotel, will be used as the regional band showcase room, much as the Copper Creek hotel bar used to be employed. That space has been overhauled and will not be used as a venue this year.

The three other venues—main Pavilion, Urban Grace Church, and Marriott Courtyard ballroom—are unchanged from previous years.

For more detail on The Varsity, check out this report in the official Wintergrass blog.

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