Jeff Black and Danny Wells designed Takoma Park restaurant Republic to serve as both a dining destination and a music venue. The latter portion of that plan is coming together beginning this weekend.
Republic has brought on 9:30 club veteran Catherine Rytkonen to manage its lineup of bookings, which will be a mix of open mic nights, blues acts, jam sessions and concerts. There will be theme nights, like Blues Monday Night, live concerts on the weekends and more. Here's the online schedule; many will be free. The first event will be this Sunday, with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic headlining a benefit for Fairvote.
To go with the music acts, Wells and bar manager Brett Robison have developed a late night menu. There are items like a Smith Meadows farm burger on a pretzel bun, a duck confit Cubano sandwich, snacks like jerk-flavored sweet potato chips and cocktails to match.
· Republic Music Schedule [Official Site]
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