The Nook brings live music to Danville, venue opens Saturday

Published 7:00 am Friday, June 24, 2022

The Nook, a new live music venue, will celebrate its opening night Saturday.

Opening night for the venue, located at 500 Finn Hill Drive in Danville, will feature performer Paul Childers, a musician from Nashville who has opened for bands such as Third Eye Blind.

Owners Teddy Tolar and Erika Lee Sengstack spoke on the process of creating the business venture and getting the structure ready for opening night.

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“The list of renovations was endless, and it was a lot of work; we did everything from getting liquor licenses to scrubbing the toilets,” Sengstack. “However, we have built some great relationships so far and have gotten a ton of community help and support.”

The Nook has a lot of meaning and personality, the owners said.

“The inspiration for this was to give my friends and I an opportunity to be an artist and I also wanted it to be a place where people could express themselves in several ways artistically,” Tolar said.

According to Sengstack, they want The Nook is to give smaller acts a chance to open for big names, as well as give those up-and-coming artists a chance to get some recognition.

Inside the venue is a full scale bar that serves a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks. The venue was classified as somewhat of a martini bar by the owners.

Other attractions in The Nook are a plethora of different rooms where guests can lounge, with multiple arcade games located through the building that patrons can play free of charge.

The Nook is not like other music venues, Sengstack said.

“This will be a place for all ages,” Sengstack said. “It won’t be rowdy, but instead more of a cozy and upscale blend where people can relax and listen to great acts.”

As the venue grows, The Nook’s owners hope to attract even bigger acts.

“One of our goals is to give people a great act that they would usually have to travel far to see and pay double for half the price, and near them so they aren’t spending tons of money on gas going to see them,” Tolar said.

On nights when there aren’t big headliners, The Nook will be a place where people can come enjoy an open-mic night or smaller local acts throughout the week.

Tolar and Sengstack hope to attract more well-known acts on weekends, while offering a smaller more community feel during the week.

“All in all, we just want people to feel like they are part of something special and create that community feeling and environment at The Nook,” Tolar said.

Childers, the opening night performer, grew up in the area and started out playing gigs here. Tolar said that Childers has expressed his excitement to him about coming back and playing for a hometown crowd.

A big crowd is expected for the grand opening, and there has been a lot of buzz from people for this debut. Tolar and Sengstack couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming event and are ready to show guests what The Nook is all about.

The opening act begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday. For tickets or more information, people can call (859) 583-1923.