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Music Heads to Embassy Rooftop

The ArtsJon Ruhrold

Following its recently completed ballroom and rooftop renovation project, the Embassy Theatre has unveiled its Summer Nights at the Embassy rooftop concert series. According the Embassy’s special events director Kyle Snare, the series is meant to extend community excitement about the theatre’s new offerings as well as provide exciting events for local musicians and music fans alike. The concert series was made possible due to the success of the Embassy’s Amplify Art fundraising campaign. The online crowdfunding project has raised $5,000 for the series, which will be used to pay the performers.

Snare is hopeful for the success of the series. “The interest and the public’s response to the renovation project, the opening of the grand ballroom and the rooftop have been overwhelming, and overwhelmingly positive. There’s a lot of excitement, there’s a lot of phone calls on a daily basis,” Snare said. If this excitement is to transfer over to the Summer Nights series, it may be one of the Embassy’s most important programs this year. 

Embassy Theatre's New Rooftop Venue (Courtesy of Embassy Theatre)  

Embassy Theatre's New Rooftop Venue (Courtesy of Embassy Theatre)  

Snare has reason to be hopeful, as the first show of the series was sold out days before the concert. The music was provided by the local group the Legendary Trainhoppers, and food was prepared by Salud Tapas N Tequilla. Matt Kelly, the Trainhoppers’ guitarist, believes that the series satisfies a previously unfulfilled need.

“[The Embassy] has such a huge stage, a huge main room, and that makes it maybe difficult sometimes to do things with more local artists. [The series] gives them a venue to actually be able to do things for 75 to 150 people, which is super exciting. It kind of makes it a new venue in the city,” Kelly said. The initial community response looks promising, and the Embassy is committed to absorbing and responding to citizens’ feedback to make the Summer Nights at the Embassy series, and the venue itself, the best it can be. 

The Summer Nights concerts will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through September 7th. Tickets for the concerts go on sale two weeks prior to the event’s scheduled date. A small number of tickets for each concert are available for purchase through Ticketmaster, the majority are available through the Embassy Theatre’s box office. The box office can be contacted by phone at 260-424-5665, or can be visited in person at the theatre at 125 W Jefferson Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. 

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