Evan Dean and 24 Hour News 8 web staff -
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) -- With opening day drawing near, it has been a mad dash for crews to finish up work on 20 Monroe Live, a new concert venue in downtown Grand Rapids.
From the outside, the new venue next to The B.O.B. has not looked ready to open in recent weeks. But with the first show scheduled for next week, a lot has been done in the past few days.
"It's amazing what this group can do in one day, to be honest with you," 20 Monroe Live marketing manager Amber Stokosa told 24 Hour News 8.
One of the most visible signs of progress was the addition of the marquee over the venue entrance, which went up Tuesday. Installation of the marquee -- which is 7 feet tall, 23 feet long and weighs more than 600 pounds -- was supposed to happen last week but was delayed due to construction problems.
Also Tuesday, Stokosa gave 24 Hour News 8 a sneak peek inside the venue, where crews are adding the finishing touches and cleaning up.
"We are in organized chaos mode right now," Stokosa said.
Amid that chaos, the art deco-themed venue has taken shape. It features a movable stage, standing-room floor and second-level seats, and surrounding bars that will serve up locally-sourced food. Though its capacity is 2,600, the space is designed to feel intimate.
"Sitting in the last row, you don't really feel like you're in the last row because you have such a great view of the stage," Stokosa said.
20 Monroe Live hopes to fill a demand downtown.
"There's not really a good middle-sized level in the market in the city, so that's what we're kind of going for. Acts that are too big for The Intersection but too small for Van Andel (Arena)," Stokosa said.
The venue has booked some big names, including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shinedown and Peter Frampton in the just the first few weeks. The first show is Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Feb. 1.
"There's only a few days left, but we're so ready for it," Stokosa said Tuesday. "We've just been watching this whole thing come together and we're just so excited and to see it finally open."
Tickets are still available for every show announced so far, except Shinedown. To see a list of the acts booked at 20 Monroe Live, click here.
A nearby beer garden and the apartments that sit atop 20 Monroe Live are slated to be finished this spring.--24 Hour News 8's Katherine Ducharme contributed to this report.