The dawning of a new era begins as the legendary nightclub Hammerjacks proclaimed its return this weekend during the “Hammerjacks Rocks the Red Carpet” announcement party, which was held at Game Sports & Spirits on Warner St., right next to the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Hosted by Kirk McEwen from 98 Rock, the event began at 9:00 p.m. and featured live music by Korupt, special guest appearances by 100.7 The Bay’s Mike Brilhart and 98 Rocks’ Stash, as well as the giveaway of 50 V.I.P. Golden Tickets to the official Hammerjacks opening. The new building will have some special features, including a large outdoor courtyard designed for seasonal events, sports events and tailgating, and is slated as being the cornerstone of a soon-to-be Warner Street entertainment corridor.
Anne Arundel County resident Kevin Butler made his first move when he purchased the rights to the Hammerjacks name and logo for $1,000 four years ago. He then partnered with Andy Hotchkiss to form the Hammerjacks Entertainment Group (HEG). The two of them set out to take the venue address of 1300 Russell Street, located across from M&T Bank Stadium, and turn it into a 48,000-square foot two-story entertainment complex.
Hammerjacks Concert Hall will offer features the classic location on S. Howard Street did not have. The new building will be a flexible space with the ability to accommodate local, regional and national acts, and it will offer a world-class lighting and sound system. The facility also has the ability to be configured to various sizes to host corporate functions, high school reunions, weddings, and other events. There will also be what Butler is calling “a variety of digital signage” inside and outside the venue.
Butler said, “The process that led up to this announcement has been long and, at times, tedious, but that was all part of the effort, by myself and our partners, to make the new Hammerjacks an entertainment facility and a destination that is worthy of the name. I know that our fans and the area business community will be impressed and excited by our plans as we write the next chapter of our long, successful story.” Butler added that Hammerjacks is slated to open in time for a New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31, 2016.
Back in the day Hammerjacks was the place to go to great live music. Everybody who was anybody in the music scene from Guns n Roses to Motley Crue walked through those doors and/or played the stage. Local bands like Kix and Child’s Play were regulars. Everyone has a Hammerjacks story, you couldn’t come to Baltimore back then and not have a Hammerjacks experience. With the development of a musical epicenter near the stadium and casino, the Warner St. entertainment corridor and the new Hammerjacks Russel St. location are set to become a major entertainment hub on the East Coast.
The “Hammerjacks Rocks the Red Carpet” announcement party was held at Game Sports & Spirits. Game is a fun little gem and definitely worth checking out in its own right. The back bar has a stage for live music and is packed with all sorts of games for your entertainment. There are numerous pool tables, air hockey, basketball, skeeball, classic arcade games on hand. They also offer other games such as beer pong, battle shots, and corn hole upon request. Korupt played a good mix of everyone’s favorite metal classics including Motley Crue, Dio and Black Sabbath. “Green Manalishi,” a Judas Priest favorite, ended up becoming the sing-a-long for the evening.