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Coming to Grand Center: The Sovereign, a new 1,200-capacity music venue

Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith and Old Rock House Managing Partner Tim Weber announced today that they will join forces to open The Sovereign – An Independent Music Club at 3300 Washington Blvd. in St. Louis.

The nearly 17,000-square-foot building in the Grand Center/Midtown area will have a capacity of 1,200 for general admission concerts and events. The Sovereign is slated to open in early 2021.

“I believe that The Sovereign will play an important role in the continued development of the Midtown and Grand Center areas. A concert venue like this will create synergies with the surrounding businesses and the district as a whole,” Smith said.

Weber added, “St. Louis has been without a club this size for a while now, and The Sovereign will fill that void in the music scene. The Old Rock House team and I are excited to be part of an independent venue of this size. I feel like I’m coming home again.”

This Google Earth image, facing east, captures the location of The Sovereign, 3300 Washington Blvd., on the left; for reference, The High-Low literary arts café, 3301 Washington Blvd., is at right.

The Sovereign will continue the development of Grand Center as a music destination for the entire region.

“St. Louis has long needed a music venue of this size. It’s exciting to see new investments and partnerships in the music business in St. Louis. This is perfect timing, with the St. Louis Music Initiative launching and Music at the Intersection coming to the Grand Center Arts District in 2020. A venue of this type is a game-changer for the district,” said Chris Hansen, executive director of the Kranzberg Arts Foundation.

The Sovereign will play host to national touring acts, local and regional bands, as well as corporate events, private parties and weddings.

Steve Smith is co-founder and CEO of Lawrence Group, an integrated design, development, architecture and construction firm with more than 160 employees across multiple offices. Smith has been an integral part of the development of Grand Center for more than 20 years. He has been instrumental in several key projects including the Angad Arts Hotel, Sun Theater, Grand Center Arts Academy, Hotel Ignacio, Triumph Grill and The Moto Museum.

Tim Weber is managing partner of Old Rock House, a premier concert venue and event space in downtown St. Louis that hosts more than 180 events per year. Weber is a 20-year veteran of the concert industry. He has led Old Rock House for the past 10 years and prior to that was the general manager and talent buyer for the legendary St. Louis club Mississippi Nights.

[Note: Weber is also the publisher of Mid Rivers Newsmagazine.]

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