The live-music landscape downtown is changing... again. Mike Kelly, currently the general manager of Wired Live (which we're still getting used to not calling the Meridian), stopped by the Press offices earlier today and told Rocks Off he will be leaving Wired next month and reopening shuttered downtown venue the Engine Room as the Warsaw. "I just wanted my own club downtown," said Kelley, who declined to give any further reasons for his departure from Wired Live. Kelley's On Stage Events will still produce occasional shows at Wired, he added, as well as Rudyard's, Mango's, Walter's on Washington and Warehouse Live. Kelley, who also owns Northside all-ages venue The Junction (8302 N. Eldridge Pkwy.), signed the lease on the club at 1515 Pease, which closed as the Engine Room in 2008, earlier this week. The Warsaw will have regular live music and a full bar, Kelley said, and renovations are already underway at the 650-capacity venue: "It's gonna look completely different." Assisting Kelley with booking shows and running the club will be D'Neta Cavazos of Jet Setta Booking.
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The Warsaw is scheduled to open May 22 with musical guests Jeffree Star and "crunkcore" group Brokencyde. Other shows scheduled for the new venue, some of which Kelley is moving from Wired Live, include Cute Is What We Aim For (May 25), Andre Nikatina (May 28), Obituary (June 7) and Primal Fear (June 12). Kelley's last in-house show at Wired will be Asking Alexandria on May 14. Kelley also told Rocks Off that On Stage has taken over booking live music at Numbers, the Montrose retro/Goth/dance mainstay (above). After some basic renovations - rebuilding the stage and load-in ramp, building a new sound booth, installing new sound and lighting systems - Kelly says he plans to book at least two or three shows a week at the 850-capacity venue. "We're not going to rule anything out," he says. "They've got a great history with metal, industrial and Goth. We want to put stuff in that works - I don't want to put a folk show in there. That's what the Warsaw is for." Kelley added that the Warsaw will also be available to outside promoters and for private rentals. See a full list of upcoming On Stage shows at www.mysonstageevents.com.