Update: Mist nightclub to be replaced by brand new venue, Baltimore SoundStage

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July 28, 2011|By Erik Maza | The Baltimore Sun

It looks like The Fillmore isn't the only new music venue opening this Fall.

Mist nightclub in the Inner Harbor will be replaced in September by a brand new music venue, Baltimore SoundStage, it will be announced today.

The venue, which is scheduled to open on Labor Day, intends to present "touring artists in an intimate club environment," according to the announcement.

Shows will be presented for standing room-only crowds but also, depending on the act, in a seated format. (Like at the 9:30 Club, SoundStage will also have a working kitchen.)

Already scheduled to perform are Edwin McCain, on September 7, Slick Rick on September 10, the Tom Tom Club on September 29, among others.

The club's backers are the management at nightclub Bourbon Street and the New York venue HighLine Ballroom.

Expect more details later today.


Here's a few more updates from Sam Chaney, who's been the general manager at Bourbon Street for the past two years and who'll manage the new venue.

SoundStage will have a capacity of 1,000 people for standing room-only shows, and 500 for seated shows.The size makes it bigger than the Ottobar in Charles Village but smaller than neighboring Rams Head Live, which accomodates some 2,000 people.

The transition from Mist is expected to be seamless. A new 18-by-30 stage was finished two weeks ago, Chaney said.At least one longtime Mist promotion, radio DJ Konan's Friday night party, will also continue.

The first show under the new name is scheduled for September 3.

SoundStage is the second music venue to announce a Fall opening in the region. Silver Spring's new The Fillmore will open September 15.

Chaney said Mist's backers started thinking about turning the club into a music venues about eight months ago.

"One of the things we felt was missing in Baltimore was the ability to do a seated show for 200 or 500 people," he said. "A lot of shows skip Baltimore because they don't think there's a venue they can sell out."

Chaney said he expects competition only in booking talent - which will be handled by Highline Ballroom, whose agent also works for Bourbon Street - but that there's enough room in Baltimore for SoundStage and Rams Head Live and smaller venues like the 8X10.

"The more shows, the better it is for the city," he said.

The kitchen at SoundStage will provide light fare - paninis and crab cakes; "good food in a basket," in Chaney's words.

Chaney, who'd been at Bourbon Street for two years, took on a part-time role at the club two months ago, he said, to focus on the new venue.

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