Nashville-Inspired Music Bar Coming to Cross Street in Federal Hill

| August 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

PALM, which stands for Pretty Awesome Live Music, is opening at the former Social Pub at 25 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. PALM will be a Nashville-inspired bar with southern food and live music most hours it’s open.

The Cross St. bar space was supposed to become Last Call By Champs, but that concept fell through. The building is owned by MaGerks owners Jaclyn and Paul Dolaway. Alexandra Wilde will be the general manager of PALM.

Wilde said she is hoping to bring a bigger music scene to Federal Hill and prevent locals from having to go to Fells Point to hear live performances. She said she was inspired by Broadway in Nashville, a busy entertainment district with live music playing all day long.

PALM will be open at 5pm on Wednesdays, Thursday, and Friday, and 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Live music will likely be playing from 7pm to 11pm on weekdays, and from 1pm to 5pm and 7pm to 11pm on the weekends.

There will be no cover charge at PALM, but Wilde said there may be a possibility of ticketed events for touring artists in the future. Wilde encourages patrons to tip bands to help supplement their income. She said bands may also offer song requests for a fee.

Wilde said she’s had a lot of bands and artists reach out already, and said there is pent up demand as the music industry has missed most of the last 18 months. She noted PALM will be a good option for artists who can’t get gigs at the bigger music venues around town.

A new sound system was installed at PALM by Matt Bittman. PALM will have veterans of the music industry as employees to help with set-up and the sound system.

Music genres at PALM will include acoustic, rock and roll, blue grass, cover bands, and more. It will also have weekly open mic nights.

The stage at PALM will be to the right as patrons enter the front door with bands’ backs facing large windows. The team at PALM will soon be installing more glass garage doors on the facade.

PALM will have a capacity of 210.

The menu at PALM will feature Nashville favorites such as Nashville Hot Chicken, mac and cheese, and fried green tomatoes. It will utilized the wood-fired pizza oven from Social to make wood-fired wings, nachos, and corn bread. PALM will not serve pizzas.

The bar menu will have 16 draft beers, with a focus on local brews, and mixed drinks. There will also be a boilermaker beer and shot menu.

Wilde said the bar is just about ready to open, but the team is waiting on the City for final permits and on BGE for the right connections. She hopes PALM will be open in early to mid September.

This was first reported by the Baltimore Business Journal

Photo courtesy of PALM

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