A downtown Buffalo concert venue has expanded to include an upstairs stage and bar, becoming the area’s only multiroom concert venue for developing music bands, according to its owner.
The Waiting Room, on the first floor of 334 Delaware Avenue since 2013, will be joined by The Studio, located upstairs in the same building, which will open Wednesday.
“With the closing of Mohawk and other concert venues, we needed another venue,” said Chris Ring, owner of the Waiting Room and The Studio. “Last year booking agents wanted to schedule shows but we were booked solid. When upstairs became available, we thought it would be great way to create a litte music hub.”
The transformation of the office suite to stage with a bar cost $125,000. Renovations included gutting the space, equipping it with soundproofing and sound systems, Ring said. The Studio will employ eight to 10 people.
The Waiting Room averaged 250 to 300 shows a year, and Ring believes with the addition of The Studio, bookings will come close to doubling. The Waiting Room’s capacity is 500 and The Studio’s will be 250. The two venues will be able to stage concerts at the same time.
Unlike the Waiting Room, the new venue has a bar that remain open even when there is no show, Ring said. Both venues are geared toward local, regional, and some national, niche and up-and-coming bands.
The official grand opening party will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The Studio’s regular hours will be 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday.