Last night, Milwaukee’s newest country bar Red, White & Blue, 1044 N. Old World 3rd St., was open to friends, family and the media. It opens to the public tonight.
"Red White & Blue is unlike any other country bar or entertainment venue in Milwaukee. There will be no shortage of live music. We have built a vast new stage and custom mezzanine for guests to take in all of the great music they can expect to hear on a nightly basis," says Jake Dehne, co-owner and operator of Red White & Blue.
Dehne owns the bar – which was formerly the home of Buckhead Saloon – with his brother, Seth, and Mike Zimmerman, owner of The Rock Sports Complex, Milwaukee Wave Professional Soccer Team and other sports and entertainment entities.
The bar and venue feels open and spacious, with extremely high ceilings and a massive wooden floor for dancing and socializing. The bar stretches along the wall on the ground floor, and there’s a second tier of hang-out balcony space above it. A gigantic piece of American flag art hangs over the stage and various steer skulls adorn the walls.
Red White & Blue has also teamed up with 94.5 KTI country and put a live studio in the building.
"Guests can expect huge pre- and post-country concert parties plus several up and coming musicians straight from Nashville to hit Red White & Blue’s stage every month," says Dehne."RWB is all about paying respect to America and is doing so by providing American made entertainment with live music and a DJ several nights a week."
Here are five photos from last night's opening:
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.