Music show

Turnstiles Fuels Up With The First Live Music Show

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Tuesday night is a big step for a new concert venue on the west side of Grand Rapids: the first live music show takes place in Turnstiles.

This is a local pandemic success story.

Crowds are capped at 50% capacity, which means just under 80 people at the Stocking Avenue facility near Bridge Street. There will be no dancing, but that will not stop the music.

There was a time, however, that the pandemic could have. Deputy Managing Director Rob Schellenberg said he feared for some time the bar and restaurant would never open.

“But somehow life has kind of found a way with this place,” he said.

Shellenburg has been working on the dream of owning a home for over a decade.

“When I go to Philadelphia or New Orleans or Chicago, I’m going to find where all the people in the industry hang out. Because when these people work in the hospitality industry, they can tell you all the cool and trendy places – where they eat, where they drink and those places are usually the most unique in town, ”he said.

That was his goal for Turnstiles. When he finally got the financial support he needed, the pandemic struck.

“It was scary,” he said.

That didn’t stop him, however. Just as the bar was ready to open, the state, almost by magic, began to lift the restrictions, allowing Turnstiles (named after Schellenberg’s favorite Billy Joel album) to officially opened last week.

“It was like walking in a dream. Pretty much still walking in this place feels like I can’t believe it actually happened, ”he said.

Schellenberg has spent most of his life in the hospitality industry. He knows how difficult it is to be successful. But when life gives you a pandemic, don’t panic; go ahead and open a concert hall where people can meet – at least that’s Schellenberg’s advice.

“I think it’s really helped us to be better and… I guess COVID has been kind of a blessing with that, because when you have to run at half capacity you just have to be better at what you’re doing,” he said. he declared.

Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys will be the first live music show at Turnstiles. Music starts at 9 p.m.

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