Rock It: New year brings renovations to Lafayette Hideaway

Posted on November 14, 2013

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Rock It: New year brings renovations to Lafayette Hideaway

By: Rachael Mattice

A marketable location is everything, especially for an established music venue looking to revive itself.

As a staple in the community, The Lafayette Hideaway has been in business since 1970, but is making resolutions for 2013 with a new look, new menu and new bands.

Once the location of a pet store and later refurbished into a bar, The Hideaway has gone through several different owners and renovations, most recently with owner Bill Miller, in the top seat since August, and general manager Brandon Reed, since October.

Reed describes The Hideaway as more of an “average Joe” bar, but targets people who listen to a range of tunes on the radio, with everything from Metallica to Gwen Stefani songs to fit everyone’s liking. However, Reed said The Hideaway likes to stick with rock ‘n’ roll. Heavier bands play once a month for the “Hard & Harder” show.

“We want to be the No. 1 live music venue, booking a lot of great acts both nationally and locally,” said Reed. “We just booked (rock band) L.A. Guns for March.”

In the past, Henry Lee Summer was a frequent performer in addition to several cover bands, but Reed has been promoting and booking shows from a variety of artists, such as Michael Kelsey, Mason Creek, Bottomzup and Reed’s own band, 50/Six Feet.

The Hideaway also has aspirations to raise money for local people and organizations in need, using the venue for fundraisers.

“We would offer the building and door charges for the night toward the local benefit and local cause specifically,” Reed said. “We haven’t started the fundraisers yet, but it is our goal to dedicate one Friday a month at the bar.”

Those interested should contact the bar at 765-838-3975.

Mattice is a producer and music journliast for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached  on Twitter@RachaelM_JC.

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