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Posted on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 2:21 p.m.

Renovated Live nightclub to reopen Feb. 3

By Bob Needham

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The new management of the dual nightclubs at the corner of Huron and First streets in downtown Ann Arbor have announced a grand reopening weekend Feb. 3 and 4.

The clubs—currently closed for renovations—were most recently called Live at PJ's and Goodnite Gracie. Under the new ownership, they will be known as Live (the larger, upstairs space with an entrance on First) and The Last Word (the smaller, downstairs space fronting on Huron).

According to a press release, Live will reopen Feb. 3 and 4 with no cover charge and two DJ acts both nights. The Last Word is set to reopen Feb. 7.

A group of downtown business people who, in various combinations, also own Goodtime Charley's, the Alley Bar and BTB Burrito recently bought the two businesses and are revamping their appearance and programming as well as the names. Business had reportedly slowed at the old clubs, which offered a mix of DJs and live musical acts.

According to the press release, Live will feaure dance DJs booked by Embarco Entertainment on weekend nights, with "other forms of live entertainment appealing to fans of every genre of music" during the week. (Losing the venue as a home for live music on weekends has raised concern in the local music community.)

The Last Word "will focus on craft cocktails, have a small stage for live entertainment and maintain a seated and intimate environment," the press release said.

On Feb. 3, Live will feature DJ Godfather and DJ Zig Zag. Saturday, Feb. 4 will feature DJ Sandman and DJ David B.

Doors open at 9 p.m. for the grand reopening, with no cover charge. Ages 21 and older are welcome.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Mon, Jan 16, 2012 : 7:44 p.m.

The only person who ever made that corner hum was Greg Fenerli.

Hot Sam

Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 1:50 p.m.

Ooohhh! Those tournedos...and the best salad bar!


Tue, Jan 17, 2012 : 3:45 a.m.

Must be before my (and Google's) time. Who is Greg Fenerli?