By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 08, 2018 at 1:35 PM

Walker’s Point Music Hall, 538 W. National Ave., will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 17  from 6 p.m. to bar close.

"Point Hall" – formerly Gibraltar jazz club – offers an alternative space centered around live music for original artists that also focuses on arts, community and charity.

"I want to focus on the Walker's Point neighborhood as much as I can," owner Jim Rice told OnMilwaukee earlier this year, "and work with the community as much as possible."

Rice plans to partner with a different local charity each month, donating a percentage of every dollar that's made at the door. From November through December, Point Hall will donate to COURAGE MKE, Wisconsin’s only homeless shelter for LGBTQ teens and youth.

The grand opening event will include live music from Whiskey of the Damned, The Atomic Spins and Blood Red Boots. Local DJ "DJ Avets" will also perform. The music kicks off around 8 p.m.

Walker’s Point Music Hall joins a short list of small music and community venues in Milwaukee. The inspiration is drawn from The Rebel Stage, the first independent stage at Summerfest, where Rice has served as operations manager for the past 12 years.

"Our aim isn’t to make money off of artists, but to promote and support them," says Rice.

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.