The Waiting Room: Buffalo’s newest music club set to open April 1
blog by Ben Kirst • March 12, 2013 @ 2:53pm
Well, that didn’t take long.
The Waiting Room, a new venture from Donny Kutzbach (co-owner of Funtime Presents and Town Ballroom) and Chris Ring (After Dark Entertainment), will take over the space at 334 Delaware Ave. from Sinful Nightclub and will be, as the announcement released today at 2:45 p.m. noted, “...not just…a catch all for music and entertainment but also a social hub and meeting place for people with all different tastes and ideas but one common thread: the love of music.”
Capacity at The Waiting Room is 450 people. There will also be a small performance space dubbed “The Songwriter’s Stage” when greater intimacy is required.
The venue is slated to open on Monday, April 1 and over a dozen shows are already booked, including Rochester punk outfit Polar Bear Club on opening night; ska legends The Slackers on Thursday, April 4; Shane Sweeney of Two Cow Garage (a longtime Mohawk Place stalwart) on Thursday, April 11; international rock maniac Andrew W.K. on Monday, April 15; Boston indie rockers Transit on Sunday, May 12; and Lowest of the Low frontman and veritable Western New York legend Ron Hawkins with his Do-Good Assassins on Friday, May 15, among others.
“After The Mohawk Place closed we had an overwhelming amount of requests from bands and fans alike, asking us to find them a new room that they could now call their home,” Ring noted in statement to the media. “Donny and I have been looking at potential spaces for months now but once we met with the management of Sinful at 334 Delaware and saw the room we knew we had the ideal spot.”
The press release also noted that The Waiting Room will be more aesthetically pleasing than the stereotypical rock club.
“With Waiting Room, Chris and I hoped we could perhaps take certain cues and the best parts some of the more intimate clubs of Buffalo’s past had but to reset and improve on them in a wholly new environment,” Kutzbach noted in the press statement. “For one thing, we knew it had to be a little bigger and with certain comforts and amenities that were lacking…(and) you can expect not only to see many of the some of the same acts and types of shows that Mohawk hosted but also some of the same faces behind the bar and people helping to run things. It’s going to be a nice mix of old and new.”
The Waiting Room will fill a void left by the departure of Mohawk Place—not only will there be a home for national and local musicians to perform, but the space will be centrally located in the heart of the city.
“Aside from Allentown, there is nowhere else Downtown where you can go see live original music every weekend,” Ring reported in the media release. “Opening this room will fix that. Music and promotion are what we know. By booking great bands in a room that delivers a great fan experience we are confident we can continue to develop the music scene and get people coming to downtown Buffalo.”
“It’s going to be a totally unique room in the Queen City,” Kutzbach concluded in the statement. “In my decades of shows - not just producing and promoting them but also being the kid going to them - there’s never been a real venue at this size and with this kind of vibe. We know it will have great sound and great sight lines but also with a real downtown rock and roll feel and the kind of place you don’t just want to see a show at, but also just want to hang out at.”