Thursday, March 2, 2017

Underground 119 to reopen on April 1

Underground 119 issued the following press release.

Underground 119 to Open April 1
Mississippi’s premier blues club brings the finest entertainment to Downtown Jackson, Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. – Offering the music that made Mississippi great, Underground 119 – the state’s premier blues club -- will open April 1, 2017, with live entertainment three days a week in the heart of the capital city.

After three months of renovation, modification and development, Underground 119 will focus solely on blues amid an atmosphere dripping with character. Located underneath the historic, century-old Elks Club Building at 119 South President Street, across from Jackson’s City Hall, the club will be open Thursday through Saturday with the finest in blues from across Mississippi and beyond.

“Mississippi is known as ‘the birthplace of America’s music,’ and Underground 119 is the best place to hear that music,” said Michael Rejebian, managing partner in the new operation. “Our goal is to be the go-to club for blues in a setting that’s laid back and loaded with personality.”

Underground 119’s grand opening on April 1 will feature renowned bluesman and national recording artist Jarekus Singleton. Every Thursday, Underground 119 will present acclaimed blues guitarist and vocalist Jesse Robinson and “friends.” A bluesman for more than four decades, Robinson has built his reputation as one of Mississippi’s most accomplished musicians. On Friday and Saturday nights, the club will present area blues musicians and bands as well as showcase artists from across Mississippi and nationally known acts.

Originally opened in 2008, Underground 119 has undergone a revitalization to ensure its success as one of Mississippi’s great entertainment venues, including a re-designed and re-located stage with premium sound and lighting; a drink and food menu geared toward an upscale juke joint; new lounge areas and a more open and spacious bar.

Downtown Jackson is in the midst of a renaissance and Underground 119 is an important component to that growth, said Rejebian, who also serves as president of Jackson’s Downtown Neighborhood Association.

“The best places to work and live offer amenities unique to that environment. What could be better for Mississippi’s largest central business district than to have the finest blues club right across the street from your office or apartment?” said Rejebian. “Whether you’re from Mississippi or traveling from Europe to find the blues, Underground 119 will be the place you won’t want to miss.”

Hours for the club will be: Thursday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Saturday, 8 p.m. –2 a.m.
The club will have a $10 cover charge on Friday and Saturday nights, with free cover on Thursdays.


Anonymous said...

No black
No white
Jes Da Blues

Anonymous said...

A 'no weapons' policy must be enforced and there will absolutely have to be security around the building's perimeter which includes parking areas near the venue. Not just a fat old rent-a-cop, but SECURITY. These will be essential if this place is to survive.

Best of luck with this reborn adventure. I sincerely hope it works.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know they had closed. Glad to see them opening back up. Hope it goes well.

Anonymous said...

great place to get held up at gunpoint and mugged/raped on the way in.
Fuck Jackson, it is a lawless wasteland of graft and corruption with a large black mafia in charge.

Kingfish said...

There were no such problems at Underground 119 when it was open.

Anonymous said...

Wow, not even 8:00am yet and the haters are out. I'm a suburban white guy, but I used to regularly stop by 119. It was usually standing room only.

Anonymous said...

Really glad to see it reopening. I went to Underground 119 all the time before it closed. I never had a problem nor ever heard of anyone else having a problem. I don't know where the people making the comments above come up with this stuff.

Anonymous said...

119 Underground it's a great place to meet and greet intelligent professional working people there's never been a problem outside area of 119 Underground there's always been an off-duty law-enforcement for security and they do the job I know I'm law enforcement also and I'm a regular of 119 Underground it has great food it always has great entertainment and there's never been an issue inside or outside so the haters keep on hating stay away from the 119 Underground it's for a happy people that want to have a nice time without any drama glad to see you back 119

Anonymous said...

This isn't an early April Fool's Day joke, right? I hope not.

Wow said...

Yea, 2 of those 4 first comments are a bit preposterous.

I appreciate the sentiment, but a no weapons policy? That was never an issue the countless times I went there.

7:57 is really working their way up in the world--congrats! You've made it from your small town to living close to the big city!

Anonymous said...

Nothing will ever compare to the ole Subway. Nothing.....

Anonymous said...

Having and enforcing weapons policies and security are what's know as 'proactive venue management'.

It takes a real genius to post something like, "Duh, we never had no problem before so we ain't gone have no problem now. I don't know where y'all come up with this here stuff. Jackson is safe".

If you think the 'Jackson Mafia' is not tickled to death to hear of this place reopening, you're a fool.

Burke said...

Who's in this "Jackson Mafia"? Sounds ominous. Is there a Big Boss?

119 should have been all blues from the beginning. The vibes will now be even better. I can remember the times when Grady Champion lit up the place. Welcome back!

Anonymous said...

11:24 am

I've been here 30 years....spent dozens of late nights at 934 W Pearl Street with Jimmy and Helen King....went with Jimmy to State street after Subway closed....then FJC and 930 and 119

Never as much as a push....fight....cross word.

What in the hell are you talking about mafia?

The Church Lady said...

@7:57 I will add you to my prayer list that the Lord will enter your heart. You are obviously troubled

Anonymous said...

Don't make fun of 7:02, 7:57, and 11:24 for being "enlightened" about the "Jackson mafia." While they are at it, maybe they can teach us an alternative fact or two about the "Bowling Green Massacre." #Prayers4Sweden

In all seriousness, great news about the Underground. I can't wait to visit again.

Anonymous said...

If you have a problem with what 7.57 said you can find him at the Pearl Outlet Mall Food Court grabbing a quick bite between 10 year old baseball tournament games. His son is going pro anytime now.

PittPanther said...

I'm so torn...

Good: glad to have 119 back, it was a favorite of mine.
Bad: all blues? Ugh...
Bad: sounds like they're no longer focusing on food. The old 119 had a great menu.
Bad: BB King blue club just heard about this, and has decided to pull out from Farish Street.
Good: Maybe someone can show Isaac Byrd how to run a blues club (930 RIP).

Anonymous said...

There are some truly demented and negative people and comments on here. 7:57 AM wins hands down. I will pray along with Church Lady for your troubled self.
Welcome back 119! Loved it before and can't wait to see the improvements.

Anonymous said...

Per Navin Johnson: The blues make me sad.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

@7:57am - you said - "great place to get held up at gunpoint and mugged/raped on the way in. Fuck Jackson, it is a lawless wasteland of graft and corruption with a large black mafia in charge."

I would love to know where this asshat lives? These freakin' Jackson haters are anal warts and hamster hind parts of the lowest order. They are perennial life long losers and bring nothing to the table. The come on here to spew their hate and get a rise waiting to see what kind of response they will get.

But in actuality all they are doing is making people who are supporters, stand up and speak out against the haters. Glad to see more supporters of Jackson on this thread, than haters. Its long overdue. Because if Jackson does well, them the metropolitan area does well.

It works like that in any other major city from Atlanta, New Orleans, Memphis, Birmingham, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Dallas, or Houston - I named all those southern cities for a reason. Their growth has been awe inspiring and noteworthy. I am tired of being in last, I am tired of being the joke of the country!

Its up to us to turn this thing around!

Anonymous said...

Plain Ole Catfish seems to have donned a cheerleader outfit. I remember a poster from the Fondren area a few years back who always, ALWAYS, commented about everybody having a responsibility to cheer Jackson toward a new finish line and everybody needing to pull together to pretend Jackson is not an unsalvageable shit hole.

Plain ol' Catfish said...

@ 9:24pm

I'll be your huckleberry - so what the f*ck am I supposed to wear?

As a taxpaying Mississippian, what kind of f*cking sense does it make to want to see Jackson fail? To see any parts of Mississippi fail?

You troglodytes amaze me? You are complicit in pumping up the economy's in Memphis and New Orleans to attend their festivals, concerts, parades, and numerous other events. But cheer on the downfall of Jackson. All the while, Mississippi is constantly berated with its poor quality of life?

People in the surrounding suburbs think they have arrived because they have a few new buildings with a Target and Applebee's. Short term and short sighted!

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