Hammerjacks to Open $20 Million Music Venue at Lot N

| November 14, 2013 | 5 Comments

9ad06811b0959f97165f3be9e0683adaLots H and J at M&T Bank Stadium are a tribute to the former Hammerjacks music venue that once stood at its location and soon Lot N will be home to the new, reincarnated Hammerjacks. Kevin Butler, a mortgage executive from Anne Arundel County, along with his partner Mark Renbaum and developer Mark Sapperstein, has announced a new $20+ million dollar project at Lot N to bring back his favorite place from his mid 20s: Hammerjacks.

The plan will include a 50,000 sq. ft. music club and a 400+ car garage. A space has also been reserved at Lot N which could potentially be used in the future for a boutique hotel. The concert area at Hammerjacks will hold 2,500 people, but can be flexed down to a capacity of 1,000 for smaller and more intimate shows. There will also be a 1,500 person sports bar-style area to host parties for stadium events, as well as NCAA tournament viewing and more. They are also hoping to eventually have a rooftop bar.

The project is still going through zoning, but Butler and team is hoping to break ground with contractor Chesapeake Construction in early 2014. The first priority will be to have the new parking garage open by the start of the 2014 Ravens season (the current lot holds 324 cars). They are then hoping to open Hammerjacks sometime in the fall. “This will be a world-class music venue with great sound,” said Butler.

Hammerjacks’ heyday was from 1987-1990 when it garnered the title of one of VH1’s Top 5 rock venues. Butler was there for many shows in that era, seeing Guns N’ Roses, The Ramones, L.A. Guns, Warrant, Joan Jett, Kix and more. “Hammerjacks was so popular that bands like Journey and Def Leppard would hang out there when they were in town for bigger shows,” said Butler. Iron Maiden even had a picture of Hammerjacks in their record sleeve at one point, Butler noted.

To honor Hammerjacks’ former glory, Butler told SouthBMore.com that a large dedication piece with pictures and items from the old venue will be well represented and that they are definitely planning some 1980s events. While honoring its roots, the new Hammerjacks will be a venue for all genres of music.

With rumors circulating about the return of Hammerjacks, Butler has been inundated with phone calls, including one from VH1 about doing a tribute show. Some of the largest promotions companies have also reached out to him about booking shows and calls from the local media have been endless.

Butler is very excited about the future of the area, “In one area you are going to have a world-class baseball stadium, a world-class football stadium, a world-class casino and, now, a world-class concert venue.” Butler has developed a good relationship with Caesars Entertainment (Horseshoe Baltimore) and believes you will soon see many new taverns and developments joining them in the area, as well.

Hammerjacks is expected to create several hundred jobs and Butler pledges it will be a big part of the community. They plan on attending regular Citizens of Pigtown and Camden Carroll Business Association meetings as well as helping out with local charities, such as Habitat for Humanity.

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