The historic New Daisy (at 330 Beale Street) celebrates its “grand opening” this weekend, after undergoing a $500,000 renovation and transformation thanks to its new owners, nightclub developer Steve Adelman and Memphis businessman J.W. Gibson II.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and rededication will take place Friday, October 16th, signifying the official grand opening of the (new) New Daisy, and according to New Daisy representatives, a new era of live music in downtown Memphis.
Though the New Daisy has hosted bands throughout the year during renovations, offering “sneak previews” of the progress, this weekend’s celebration denotes the completion of the project, which included the addition of 2nd- and 3rd-floor VIP areas, upgraded audio systems, and expanded bars and restrooms.
Paul Thorn, the popular roots-rock songwriter and performer will be headlining the New Daisy on Friday evening. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector takes the stage Saturday night (October 17th) for an already sold out show. And (a must-see act, in my opinion) Pennsylvania natives Rusted Root bring their unique fusion of acoustic, rock, and world music — with an emphasis on African, Latin American, and Native American-style percussion — on Sunday, October 18th.
Rusted Root achieved fame in 1994 with the platinum-selling album When I Woke, which included the hit single “Send Me On My Way.” The song has been featured in several commercials and films (such as Ice Age and Matilda).
For a full list of the New Daisy’s upcoming events (there are a lot of great acts on the bill — music lovers, rejoice!), visit newdaisy.com.