The brand new Hermann’s Upstairs Concert Hall was officially opened at 753 View Street in downtown Victoria, featuring diverse live music in a “cultural and vibrant” atmosphere.
The space itself is divided into a main concert hall, which can accommodate up to 215 people, and an adjoining lounge with a self-service bar service, open for appointments on certain evenings.
The stage has previously hosted a “West Coast Kitchen Party” featuring Ukrainian and Irish dancers, award-winning fiddler Daniel Lapp, hip-hop funk fusion band The New Groovement and tribute bands to The Beatles and The Grateful Dead.
This month, audiences can enjoy free dance bands on Thursdays at 9 p.m. and acts such as a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, acoustic blues player Brandon Isaak and dance group Groove Kitchen. Visit hermannsupstairs.com for more information.
Bar manager Dan DeGryp is passionate about music, as evidenced by his extensive collection of personal music posters that adorn the lounge’s bright red walls.
“Everyone who works here has a connection or a passion for music. We really want people to feel that sense of community when they walk in,” he says.
You’ll even see Dan spinning records from his impressive personal collection if you visit the free Wednesday Vinyl Nights.
A passion for music is deeply rooted in the building and vision of the not-for-profit Arts on View, which realizes its dream of operating a unique performing arts center in Victoria. The company already operates Hermann’s Jazz Club on the ground floor of the building, a feature of Victoria for over 40 years. Despite sharing the name, the two venues are considerably different, with Hermann’s Upstairs expanding into very different genres and offering more of a nightclub experience.
The entire building is undergoing a makeover to elevate the audience experience. Dining services are currently being upgraded at the Jazz Club and upstairs. Hermann’s Upstairs does not have a full dinner service at this time, but it is in the works. Fundraising is also underway to install an elevator and secure funds to purchase the building.