The Waiting Room gets new sound, more beer

The Waiting Room Lounge's upgrades include a new mixing console. (Photo by Brynn Anderson/The World-Herald)

The Waiting Room Lounge’s upgrades include a new mixing console. (Photo by Brynn Anderson/The World-Herald)

When you walk into The Waiting Room Lounge tonight (or over the next couple weeks), you’ll notice a few changes immediately.

One is the stage, which has been refinished and physical walls have been added where there were once curtains. The other is the beer taps, where there will now be 26 and a new tap system.

Marc Leibowitz told me that they upgraded to industry standard and state of the art equipment that will be appealing more to bands than fans, but people with a good ear will notice. The venue opened with an econo PA and sound system, so this new stuff is basically a long-time coming.

The front of house has a digital console that many bands actually bring on the road with them. A monitor console is now permanently installed in the venue and the place has all new lights.

The full story (and a look at all 17 of the upcoming shows/events) is over on

For the audio lovers, I’m going to go into a bit more detail than my original details. The PA is a Nexo system, which is pretty state of the art and damn expensive. The new monitor wedges are MicroWedges, which were designed by famed live sound engineer Dave Rat.

Theatrical Media Services (TMS) installed all-new LED lights and trusses. AudioVisions did the entire audio install, although the Waiting Room picked the PA and had AudioVisions price it out and install it.

Leibowitz is confident that no club of the same size has an array like this, and certainly not many places at all have a Nexo PA.

He says it sounds phenomenal and the coverage of the audio is great. It’s loud, he said, and loud everywhere (no longer are there pockets of quality loss and volume loss).

“It is officially no longer a bar with a stage,” he said. “It’s a venue.”

One of the most anticipated shows is Icky Blossoms, who will play at the Band Build on Jan. 26. They’re really going to test out the lighting and the bass capabilities of the new system.

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