Gibraltar, a Walker’s Point jazz club owned by musician Evan Christian, hosted an intimate soft opening last night. It will open to the public tonight with a performance by "gypsy jazz" band Milwaukee Hot Club. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the cover is $5.
The club's grand opening party will take place on New Year's Eve, during which Christian will perform.
The space, located on the corner of S. 6th Street and National Avenue, is actually two adjoining rooms – one is in full swing and the other will be finished by New Year’s Eve. Both sides will have a stage and be equipped to accommodate musicians and full bands.
Gibraltar, formerly a corner dive called Felipe’s Place, underwent a massive build-out that included repositioning the bar, new windows and doors, the removal of a dropped ceiling, new flooring, relocating the restrooms and more.
"This could not have happened without Dieter Wegner, the owner of the building," says Christian. "I found myself in a good situation and I appreciate it."
The space is both elegant and cozy, with exposed brick, warm wall tones, chandeliers and a variety of seating from couches to tables and, soon, booths. Currently, Christian is working with artists to adorn the walls.
Christian named Gibraltar after the British-controlled region in southern Spain that's about 10 miles from Africa and referred to as a "cultural melting pot." Christians wants his club to reflect this concept and, eventually, will serve drinks that are popular in Italy, Spain and Morocco.
Christian, who has traveled the country and the world while on tour, is happy to finally have a space to perform and invite local, national and international performers.
"This is a dream come true and a labor of love for me," says Christian. "It’s really nice to finally have people in here and enjoying themselves."
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.