North Country’s Beloved Waterhole to Reopen

Saranac Lake’s go-to spot for fresh music and cocktails is set to reopen in grand fashion. The Waterhole will reopen its doors and dance floor to host a grand opening party on April 1. It will be Lucid‘s last show at the ‘hole, one of the band’s home venues, and new owner Eric Munley’s band the Blind Owl Band will play in support.

There will also be two shows prior to the grand opening, with the Honey Smugglers on March 25 and Still Hand String Band on March 31. Munley posted on Facebook that he expects the bar to officially open on March 22.

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The Blind Owl Band

After decades of hosting bands and serving drinks, the Waterhole ceased operations in August 2015. With a hope to continue building a fan base in the Adirondacks for touring bands, former booking agent and local musician Eric Munley and girlfriend Kiki Sarko took over the business and have quickly turned things around. Just in time for Saranac Lake’s Winter Carnival in February, the Waterhole temporarily opened to host a packed weekend of music, including bands such as Swampcandy, Thunder Body, Funknut, Pained Sol and the Blind Owl Band.

With more and more closings of small, locally owned music venues, comes fresh faces and fresh perspective. Munley’s decision to continue the tradition is praised by people both in and out of the Adirondacks. Bands and fans in the Northeast are thankful that another piece of music history isn’t left to close its doors and collect dust. Since the 1990s, national acts such as Soulive, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, moe. and the Del McCoury Band have graced the Waterhole’s stage, among countless others in the 20 years the venue has been hosting music.

If you’re looking to celebrate with the rest of Saranac Lake’s inhabitants, the Waterhole will open their doors at 9 p.m. on April 1.  Tickets are $10 at the door and music begins at 10 p.m. This is a show not to miss and a fantastic excuse to celebrate. Long live the Waterhole!

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