Club Owner: RYAN NEWARA
The Anchor In, 3122 West Lake Road (downstairs from the Oasis)
Schedule of upcoming performances
Fri. August 16 JD Jazz and Blues
Sat. August 17 The Cows (Pop Rock)
Fri. August 23 Frank Singer Duo wsg Steve Trohoske (Jazz)
Sat. August 24 Dollar Bill Crissman with Frank Singer (Blues)
Fri. August 30 Frank Singer Duo wsg Tim Clarke (Jazz)
Sat. August 31 JD All-Ages Jam Session (Jazz and Blues)
Fri. Sept 6 JD Jazz and Blues
Sat. Sept 7 The Monk's Brew (Jazz)
Fri. Sept 13 Frank Singer Duo wsg Fred Ardillo (Jazz)
Sat. Sept 14 Dollar Bill Crissman with Frank Singer (Blues)
The Anchor Inn has expanded live music to Saturday nights with more Blues, Latin and cool!! Full dinner menu and music 6 til 9 on Friday, 6:30 til 9:30 on Saturday.
No cover charge.
Every time you get people through the door, you want to wow them,” says Ryan Newara, owner of Erie’s newest jazz club, the Anchor Inn. The club occupies the lower level of the Oasis Pub at 3122 W. Lake Rd., and has a capacity of about 100.
So far, this expectation has been met with a stellar lineup anchored by Frank Singer and Joe Dorris, and sporting visiting guests Bruce Johnstone, Tony Grey, Stan Bialomizy, and many others. Food is creatively prrepared and modestly priced, sound was good, atmosphere convivial – a great night out.
“When I purchased the Oasis six years ago, the basement level was full of odds and ends, a place to store stuff. I’s been thinking about what we could do there, and began serious renovation within the past year". Top-to-bottom work was done by Ryan and partner Chrissie. (“I’m the contractor; she’s the decorator”) over a six-month period, including sound insulation to separate downstairs performances from upstairs rock/pop band sounds. “We wanted a non-smoking, lounge feel.. The bands are smaller, duos and trios, and the atmosphere is more intimate".
While renovations were underway, Ryan was approached by local jazz artist/entrepreneur Joe Dorris, who lives across the street. Joe offered to line up weekly jazz and blues music for the club—an idea that Ryan and Chrissie had already considered. Their ideas meshed, and a Friday concert series was born, beginning in October, 2012.
“So far it’s working out well,” says Newara. “On Fridays, the entertainment is primary, and the crowd is here for that. So far we’re drawing a somewhat older crowd (35+) downstairs, a diverse but mostly younger crowd upstairs, and we like being able to offer something for both groups.”
“We’re considering running regular Friday performances through May, then letting up for the summer. Another idea that surfaced is having occasional open jam sessions, using the back room. We’re inviting people’s comments on these ideas".
Background and training.
“I’ve been interested in the restaurant business my whole life. I graduated from the Hotel & Restaurant program at Mercyhurst iFor n 1991, then was placed in Hilton Head, S.C. (!) for my internship. I like the fast pace, the people".
Newara was repairing the Lounge’s outdoor electrical sign when I arrived for the interview. “You never know what may need to be done. I’ve done a lot of contracting work, so I can do renovations and repairs myself".
What’s it like to be a club owner in Erie these days? “Good, if you know what you’re doing. It depends on how hard you work at it; what you put in".
For more information about upcoming shows, or to schedule a party or reception, contact Ryan at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 833-1212.