New venue The Locks will bring singer-songwriters to Manayunk this fall
The folks who brought us live music at the Tin Angel for over 20 years are about to make their return with a new venue, and they’ve already begun to fill up their calendar of shows through the end of the year. Set to open in September, The Locks is situated on Manayunk’s vibrant Main Street over the Irish pub Sona, The Inquirer reports.
The four men behind the new venue are familiar faces in the Philly music scene: former Tin Angel owner Donal McCoy and booker Larry Goldfarb, plus Richard Kardon and Jesse Lundy of Point Entertainment. Thanks to its location and the niche brand of live music experience it will offer, The Locks seeks to set itself apart from other city and suburban music venues.
“We’re going to be filling a hole in the market for a high-quality listening room that can easily draw from both the city and the suburbs,” Kardon tells The Inquirer.
The Locks’ 125-capacity listening room, which will offer both cabaret seating and standing room admission, makes it slightly larger than both the Tin Angel, which closed last year, and Kardon and Lundy’s beloved Main Line coffeehouse The Point, which closed in 2006. But many of those old venues’ frequent performers will return to play the new space.
Philly singer-songwriter Jim Boggia will play The Locks’ inaugural show on September 21, and other artists scheduled to perform throughout the fall on include recent Free at Noon guest Jeffrey Gaines, folk pop duo Freddy & Francine, country/bluegrass artist Jim Lauderdale, and local soul singer Mutlu.
The plan going forward is to bring a steady mix of singer-songwriter types to the venue, while also venturing into the world of new artist development. According to McCoy, “We’re interested in presenting tried-and-true acts, but also casting the net wider.”