by J.D. Reager
Escape Alley Sundry, located at 651 Marshall, along the famous escape route taken by Union General Robert Washburn during a Confederate siege in the Civil War (hence the name), is a new club/music venue in town that has been turning heads lately with a diverse line-up and unique atmosphere.
The club, which opened in March, is a brainchild of husband/wife entrepreneurs Russell and Jo Wild, features an eclectic, Americana-inspired menu and décor.
“(Escape Alley Sundry) is a little bit of everything,” says Russell Wild. “It's a restaurant, bar, vintage shop, music venue and meeting space. We strive to attract a diverse group of people. Our food consists of simple homemade meals that satisfy the taste buds and the wallet. We have moon pies, classic candies, root-beer floats and many Americana items that bring a sense of nostalgia and comfort to the patrons.”
But the main attraction of late has been the music. Local promoter Cheryl Payne, who most recently worked at Memphis Mary's, was brought in to book music on Friday nights under the name “Poptones,” while co-owner Jo Wild handles the booking other nights.
“We want to focus the music on the abundance of local talent,” says Russell Wild. “Escape Alley Sundry is a place where local musicians can come to hear their comrades play, and tourists get off Beale Street and hear real Memphis music.”
For more information on Escape Alley Sundry, call (901) 528-3337.
Upcoming Escape Alley Sundry Events (all shows run from 7 — 9 p.m.):
05/07 - Klaudia Kroboth & Rico Heard
05/14 - Linda Heck Band
05/21 - Jeremy Shrader
05/28 - Greg Hisky
06/11 - Dan Montgomery, Robert Mache' & Candace Mache'
06/25 - Richard James & The Special Riders