That's right--the site of many wonderful concerts will not be empty for long. Daniel Leal, owner of Ooga Mooga's Tiki Tavern on the Strip (who we wrote about earlier in the summer), has purchased the Valarium/Cider House--his name was on the papers by Nov. 12.
Expect some significant changes not only to the building, but also to the lineup of artists making a pit stop there. The Cider House will become a tiki tavern (of course), but will continue to host smaller acts. The Valarium will be renamed the Blackstock Auditorium, Leal said. Fans of the Saturday night dance party might be disappointed in the changes, though.
"We're going to get rid of the dance night. There's a lot of good acts that come through on Saturdays," Leal said.
And Leal isn't going to limit the new venue to metal and hard rock shows the Valarium was famous for (though there were non-metal acts that played there frequently). Every genre of music will be played at the venue, Leal said. Country fans, especially, keep your eyes out for upcoming gigs.
"We're going to diversify [the acts] a little," Leal said. "We're bringing something new. They kind of got stuck."
Leal is currently redecorating his new place and preparing to open very soon.
"The only think we're waiting on is the beer permit," he said, and that's expected to go through by Dec. 17.