Five Points Music Hall
The club was first opened in 1994 by Tony Ruffino of New Era Promotions, in hopes of recapturing some of the caliber of acts that New Era had attracted to Brothers Music Hall in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The 999-seat club was managed by Gary Mitchell and Danny Higginbotham. In the front part of the building, the hall featured a smaller, 250-seat area open Monday through Saturday. A retractable wall opened at the back for larger shows. The smaller room was used for local live music. A kitchen in the smaller room served food during all shows.
The Music Hall closed in 2003. Banana Joe's later operated out of the same building until it closed in 2008 amid fallout from a double homicide perpetrated by an underage patron in the club's parking area.
In July 2009 Jeff Brugmanns, Kelly Nagy and Chip Matthews opened a new Five Points Music Hall, aiming to bring back the type of touring acts that set the club apart in its heyday while adding a restaurant and a Sunday gospel brunch. A sports grill and oyster bar, open 7 days a week, would use the 20th Steet entrance while the music hall entrance would only be used for concerts. The club held a grand opening on Wednesday July 29 and scheduled the Velcro Pygmies, Mel and the Party Hats and Vanilla Ice to play during the first weekend.
In March 2010 the club's tables and bar stock were removed from the building. In November 2012, the Birmingham Design Review Committee gave preliminary approval for a Homewood Suites hotel to be built on the site.
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- Barber, Dean (December 12, 1993) "Night life will return." The Birmingham News
- Ryan, Shawn (February 25, 1994) "Exercising some muscle with the clout of New Era behind it, Five Points South Music Hall has strength that its predecessors didn't." The Birmingham News
- "5 Points Music Hall to Return" (June 23, 2009) ABC 33/40
- Cooper, Lauren B. (June 29, 2009) "Investors plan to reopen Five Points Music Hall." Birmingham Business Journal
- Colurso, Mary (July 27, 2009) "Birmingham's Five Points Music Hall set to reopen this week." The Birmingham News
- Kwon, Wade (March 23, 2010) "Exclusive: Five Points Music Hall closes" Wade on Birmingham
- Diel, Stan (November 28, 2012) "Plans for Homewood Suites hotel in Five Points South proceed." The Birmingham News
- 1998 photograph of Five Points Music Hall by Donna Watkins