The Clyde Theatre recognized its 100,000th concert-goer during the sold-out Temptations show Nov. 23 and knew how to “Treat Her Like a Lady.”
Tamara Drew was greeted by a confetti cannon in the lobby of the state-of-the-art concert venue at 1808 Bluffton Road, and was later awarded a prize package that included two VIP tickets to an upcoming show, dinner for two at the Club Room next door, and a meet-and-greet with the Temptations before the show.
Drew is originally from Fort Wayne and now lives in Chicago. It was her first time visiting the Clyde, according to an announcement.
The Temptations, one of the great Motown groups with such hits as “My Girl” and “Papa was a Rollin’ Stone,” was the 123rd show at the Clyde since it opened in May 2018. Other concerts have included artists from a variety of genres that appeal to a diverse audience: Melissa Etheridge, Hozier, CeCe Winans, Tower of Power, Tesla and Billy Currington.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this milestone,” said Executive Director Gregg Coyle in the announcement. “The Clyde has built a reputation as the region’s premier venue for live music. The fact that so many people have enjoyed concerts here in the past year and a half is a testament to the quality of the experience we provide. We take great pride in that and will continue to provide world-class entertainment.”
Upcoming performances include Grand Funk Railroad, Chris Lane, Jonny Lang, Richard Marx and Blue Oyster Cult.
The Club Room restaurant and bar, located adjacent to the Clyde, opened in March and offers live music performances in a more intimate setting. It’s open six days a week for lunch and dinner and has a late-night menu that complements the offerings at the Clyde.
The Clyde and Club Room employ nearly 160 people in full and part-time positions.
The Clyde was built as a movie house in 1951 but stood vacant from the early 1990s until being purchased in 2012.
With funding from Sweetwater founder Chuck Surack and his wife, Lisa, and additional support from other community partners, it underwent a complete renovation and opened in May of 2018. The Clyde features a 21,000-square-foot main performance hall, 10,400-square-foot lobby, plus a second-floor VIP gallery with box seating. Artist amenities include 7,000 square feet of dressing rooms, a stage extension and backstage production loading docks. The venue boasts world-class sound and lighting systems by Sweetwater and hosts live concerts, entertainment acts and corporate and private events. For more information visit www.clydetheatre.com.