The venue may be gone, but the music is still thriving. Hideaway Café, a live music staple in St. Pete for over a decade, always finds ways to put on amazing shows in the Burg.
After closing earlier this year after 13 years on Central Avenue, Hideaway Café has spun off into two different projects, the most notable of which for live music fans is Hideaway Café Presents. With this new series, dubbed “the sequel to Hideaway Café,” the magic of local live music lives on at some of St. Pete’s best (and most underrated) venues.
Launched by John Kelly, the founder of Hideaway Café and its recording studio, Hideaway Café Presents is exactly what it sounds like. Basically, they took the show on the road, bringing the area’s top musical acts to venues around St. Pete and performing the same kinds of shows that made Hideaway Café such a treasured place.
The new project received a huge boost last month with a series of shows at Bayboro Brewing’s new music venue, The North Hall. August Nights at North Hall featured live, local, completely free music every Wednesday of the month, continuing the tradition of Hideaway Café’s beloved Wednesday nights in its former home.
And because the series has been so successful, it’s kind of renewed with free shows from Kid Royal and Josh Nelms every Wednesday in September at 8 p.m. This month’s other shows will take place on September 21 and 28, featuring original music as well as traditional blues music from some of the area’s top musicians.
We’re told the Bayboro Wednesday Night Series will continue indefinitely in the coming months as demand for live music continues. Hideaway Café Presents also launches a monthly open mic night at Bayboro Brewing on the first Monday night of each month.
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Looking for weekend fun? Hideaway Café Presents also offers big-ticket shows at the Burg on the weekends. A particularly popular pair of shows arrive in October, with Leify Green and The Various Vikings taking over The North Hall at Bayboro Brewing on October 8, followed by Ellis Paul performing at Seven C Music on 22nd Street South. If you haven’t checked the café, guitar shop and concert hall comboimmediately add it to your list.
The same goes for Bayboro Brewing, a I like the favorite Burg for great craft beer, tasty food, and a gorgeous beer garden (plus lots of live music, of course.) If you’re not heading to the show this Wednesday, be sure to stop by their celebration of the Oktoberfest this Saturday, September 24.
After the sad news that the Hideaway Café had to close due to future property development, we are thrilled to see a city favorite back in action, now prevalent across the city. Follow Hideaway Café present on facebook for more updates and to stay tuned for upcoming shows.