The Pour House Music Hall

Coordinates: 35°46′38″N 78°38′12″W / 35.7772°N 78.6368°W / 35.7772; -78.6368

The Pour House Music Hall
The Pour House
The Pour House Music Hall
Address

224 S. Blount Street

Raleigh, North Carolina
United States
Location Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates 35°46′38″N 78°38′12″W / 35.77722°N 78.63667°W / 35.77722; -78.63667
Owner Eric Mullen (1997-2012)[1]
Adam Lindstaedt (2012-Present)[1]
Type music venue
Seating type Standing
Capacity 289[1]
Opened 1997
Website
thepourhousemusichall.com

The Pour House Music Hall (also known as The Pour House) is a music venue located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Pour House was opened in 1997 by Eric Mullen but eventually changed hands in 2012 to current owner Adam Lindstaedt.[1][2] For a brief period in 2011 Mullen had opened up a second location in Wilmington, North Carolina with some business partners but after a few months they severed ties and the Wilmington venue was renamed The Port City Theatre.[3][4]

History

The Pour House was opened in 1997 by Eric Mullen and two of his friends who Mullen eventually bought out. When the venue was originally opened it was a sofa-bar featuring live jazz with the music as background entertainment.[5] They had 30 beers on tap and didn't serve any liquor. On the first floor of the venue were the couches, bar, and live jazz; on the second floor were pool tables and dart boards.[6][7] The Pour House slowly transformed into a music venue after one night when a local band suggested moving around the furniture and playing towards the front of the bar.[5] The venue got rid of the couches but still has 30 beers on tap and now also serves liquor drinks including cocktails.[8]

In 2012, Eric Mullen made a deal to give half of The Pour House to Adam Lindstaedt with a plan to eventually transfer full ownership.[1][2] After Lindstaedt became the sole owner of the venue, he has made a point of bringing in a wide variety of genres.[9]

In December 2015 The Pour House took over hosting duties for Local Band Local Beer after the closing of Raleigh restaurant Tir Na Nog.[10] Local Band Local Beer is a free weekly event which began in 2007 in collaboration with North Carolina State University radio station WKNC-FM that hosts North Carolina musicians and locally brewed beer.[11][12]

Controversy

In March 2015 venue owner Adam Lindstaedt began receiving threats of violence because he had booked a band from Portland, Oregon named Black Pussy.[13] The show had been booked for months but the band's name came to light after a series of articles about the controversy behind the band's name.[13][14] This caused patrons of the bar to be offended by the name Black Pussy and led to many calling for a boycott of The Pour House. Due to the threats of violence Lindstaedt canceled the show, which the band stated was their second canceled gig due to their name.[15]

Black Pussy released a statement about the incident "Black Pussy is fully supportive and respectful of every opinion in the growing conversation regarding their name, and welcomes fans of every race, gender, creed, sexual orientation and preference of intoxicant to join the party. With that said, it is with deep regret that we must announce that there have been serious threats of violence and vandalism against the promoter, the staff, and the venue of The Pour House in Raleigh, North Carolina, and out of respect for the venue and the safety of everyone involved, the March 25th show has been cancelled."[15]

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Lawrence, Jordan (January 14, 2013). "After issues, Raleigh's Pour House sees its capacity set at 289". Independent Weekly.
  2. 1 2 Hill, Corbie (August 5, 2012). "The Pour House changes hands, absorbs Shakedown Street". Independent Weekly.
  3. Voorheis, Mike (October 19, 2011). "Pour House Music Hall is now the Port City Theatre". Star News Online.
  4. Tucker, Brian (August 30, 2011). "Grand opening set for Pour House Music Hall this weekend in Wilmington". Star News Online.
  5. 1 2 Eichenberger, Peter; Strobel, Dan; Gregg, Crash (2009). "Live Music in Downtown Raleigh" (PDF). Raleigh Downtowner Magazine. Vol. 5 no. 10. Raleigh, North Carolina. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  6. Boardman, Tania (May 4, 1998). "Northgate Mall shrinks vacancy, expands Gap". Triangle Business Journal.
  7. Lawrence, Jordan (January 2, 2013). "The possibilities and pitfalls of reinventing a music venue". Independent Weekly.
  8. "About The Pour House". www.thepourhousemusichall.com. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  9. Upchurch, Charles (January 21, 2016). "Adam Lindstaedt Leads a Musical Revival at The Pour House Music Hall". www.visitraleigh.com.
  10. Donastorg, Mirtha (November 10, 2015). "Goodbye, Tir Na Nog". The Technician.
  11. "Local Band Local Beer Schedule". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  12. Boerner, Alex (March 11, 2016). "See Gulls welcome return of 'Local Band Local Beer'". The News & Observer.
  13. 1 2 Curren, Grayson Haver (March 16, 2015). "Talking to The Pour House about its canceled Black Pussy show". Independent Weekly.
  14. Hamad, Ruby (March 11, 2015). "Only a group of white men would call themselves Black Pussy". www.dailylife.com.au.
  15. 1 2 Singer, Matthew (March 16, 2015). "Black Pussy Cancels Show in North Carolina After Protesters Threaten Venue". Willamette Week.
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