Open Mic Night at Clementine

open mic night at clementinee

open mic night at clementine

How many times have you sat and watched American Idol or The Voice and thought, “I could totally do that if someone gave me a chance. All I need is one shot.”

Well, it looks like you’re all out of excuses because tonight is Open Mic night at Clementine (153 South Main Street). Battling with Little Grill Collective for most prestigious and infamous Open Mic night in the area (Little Grill’s events are held every Thursday), Clementine’s open mic pitches itself as a singer/songwriter showcase giving an opportunity to anyone with a voice and a lot of confidence.

The mic opens tonight at 9:00pm and is held on the basement level of Clementine in Ruby’s. In the immortal words of B. Rabbit from 8 Mile:

You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo

Well technically, the opportunity comes once a week, but you get the point. Make sure to check out Clementine’s tonight and seize your moment!

Capital Ale House Downtown Harrisonburg

Capital Ale House “Steal the Glass & Meet the Brewers” Night

Located in the heart of downtown at 41 Court Square, Capital Ale House has long supported Harrisonburg breweries and businesses through its use of local beers  and ciders.  Tonight’s event at Capital Ale will feature a “Steal the Glass” theme where patrons will receive a free pint glass from each brewer when purchasing a beverage of their choice.  The brewers scheduled to attend the event are both local, Harrisonburg’s own 3 Brothers brewery and Dominion brewery.  Each brewer will serve a multitude of beers ranging from 3 Brother’s Belgian Stout and Vanilla Porter to Dominion’s Baltic Porter and Oak Barrel Stout.

You can find more information about the event at Capital Ale House’s website and event announcement.

City Exchange Downtown Harrisonburg

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The 1908 City Produce Exchange Building is one of the largest warehouse/industrial buildings in Harrisonburg, with over two acres under roof.

The City Produce Exchange (CPE), a product of the poultry trade, was formed by brothers Emanuel and Gabriel Blosser and partner Hershsey H. Weaver. The principals are thought to have acted as their own contractors in the construction of this poultry processing plant in 1908.  Harrisonburg’s agriculturally based economy developed in the years leading up to the Civil War and became well established following the extension of the Valley Railroad in 1874. Feed and seed merchants and wholesale grocers built many large brick warehouses that lined the railroad tracks in the Harrisonburg Downtown Historic District.

According to Emanuel Blosser’s daughter, her father claimed the plant was the largest poultry processor east of the Mississippi. In 1943, historian John W. Wayland states that the plant was “one of the largest of its kind in the United States.” A 1927 business directory claimed that Rockingham County was the second largest poultry producing area in the United States with a total value of poultry production in excess of $3 million per year and that the CPE was “the largest fattening and packing plant in the world.” The 1927 directory also noted that the plant could fatten 65,000 birds at one time. Wetsel Seed Company purchased the bulding in 1949 and used it to store orchard seed. According to Robert Wetsel, Emanuel Blosser closed his poultry plant in 1949 due to labor difficulties.

Matchbox and its partners purchased the City Exchange in 2005 and completed renovations just nine months later.  The new owners, Andrew Forward and Barry Kelley worked with Virginia’s Department of Historic Resources and Harrisonburg’s Downtown Historical Council to ensure the building was restore in a thoughtful and innovative manner.  To that end, a tremendous amount of materials used in the building’s renovation were reclaimed from the original site and refurbished to fit within modern loft apartment aesthetics.

The Flats at City Exchange currently enjoys 100% occupancy and features one of Harrisonburg’s most influential restaurants, Local Chop & Grill House.

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For for more information please visit City Exchange Flats and Local Chop & Grill House

Artful Dodger Harrisonburg

Happy Feet Mondays @ Artful Dodger

Need to dance away your case of the Mondays?

The Artful Dodger in downtown Harrisonburg has a perfect solution.  The Dodger will host a FREE dance lesson this evening, beginning at 7:00pm.  The session will be led by local legend Reza Mina and will teach students the choreography behind Applause, Lady Gaga’s recent platinum hit.

You can find the Artful Dodger in the heart of downtown, here:

47 Court Square

Harrisonburg, VA 22801

EMU’s Annual Gala Concert this weekend!

One of the Valley’s most anticipated musical events will happen this weekend as Eastern Mennonite University performs its Annual Gala Concert on Saturday, November 16th beginning at 7:00pm.

The event features a wide variety of music performed by the University’s world renowned music department.  Joan Griffing, the music department chair of EMU, notes, ““There will be a wide range of musical styles and musical groups, an eclectic mix of music.  The concert will have something for everybody.”  The hits include everything from the Beatles to Beethoven.

In lieu of admission prices, the music department is accepting donations on behalf of the music scholarship fund with a suggested donation of $10.  For more information, please contact the Eastern Mennonite University music department at 540.432.4225.

Source: EMU News

Blue Ridge Architect's office. Harrisonburg, Va

Bruce St.

Bruce Street, formerly known as the Ewing building, is another Matchbox renovation property where we have taken a rundown, outdated building and installation and turned it into something downtown Harrisonburg can be proud of.

Matchbox purchased the properties and are currently in the process of renovating both buildings.  Blue Ridge Architects was the first of the new tenants to take occupancy and Matchbox provided a brand new installation to fit their needs:

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Matchbox preserved the concrete floors, open ceilings, and large windows and created an open work environment where Blue Ridge could host clients and entertain on occassion.

However, Blue Ridge Architects only occupy half of 126 Bruce Street.   The other half will be a brand new restaurant, foodBARfood, which was created by Jeff Minnich (Clementine’s executive chef) and Amanda Cannon (bar designer/manager of Local Chop & Grill House).  The restaurant will serve global comfort food and provide a dynamic bar menu to cater to the after work crowd.  Expected opening date is early 2014.

Also, we are thrilled to announce that Approved Colleges, the online education portal, will be relocating from 111 East Market street to occupy the entire 128 Bruce Street building.  With just over 4,500 square feet, the facility will have a brand new installation including an open bullpen area for employees, perimeter offices and a large glass conference.  Occupancy for 128 Bruce Street is slated for January 2014.

These leases, as well as the renovation Bruce Street as a whole, will add even more value to downtown Harrisonburg and the people that live and work here.

Blue Ridge Architect's office. Harrisonburg, Va

Blue Ridge Architect’s office. Harrisonburg, Va