Listen Live Series: Skeletunes Lounge
Feb05

Listen Live Series: Skeletunes Lounge

Some buildings have a lot of history. When a new business moves in, it can be hard to get rid of the stigma from the previous tenants. However, the people behind Skeletunes Lounge have succeeded. Previously, The Berlin Music Pub called the same place home. Limited to heavy metal, it had a rough reputation. When the former owner, Lee Shockley, approached Jeremy Wysong about revamping the venue, he had one response: “We have to completely change that place.” That’s exactly what they did. Since opening in November 2014, Skeletunes has offered access to more music and a welcoming attitude. If the skeleton riding the bicycle above the front door doesn’t tell you enough about the atmosphere, just step inside. The Skeletunes experience begins with the friendly staff. The bar tenders greet you almost immediately, ready to tell you all about the drink specials and new beers on tap from various regional breweries, some of which are exclusive to Skeletunes. They also cater to those who aren’t drinking, by offering energy drinks, coffee and even craft root beer on tap. As you make your way toward the stage, with some kind of drink in hand, you’ll see funky skeleton decorations, light strands, and a refreshing atmosphere from what it once was. At the very end of the bar, the stage is set in front of a large skull mural, just a couple feet off of the main floor. The intimacy of the stage and variety of musical acts not only enhances the concert attendees’ experience, but also is unique to the venue. Whether you’re into punk, rock, ska, indie music, or something totally different, you can find a sound that pleases your aural palate here. Audience members can get up close and personal with local, regional, and nationally recognized artists, without traveling to another out of town venue. You can casually enjoy the music by grabbing a seat at the bar or get in on the action in the pit and crowd surf. On nights without a show scheduled, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. For a laid-back time, grab a few friends to play foosball or one of the several arcade games available. Feel like unleashing your inner rock star? Drop by on karaoke night! Like Skeletunes on Facebook to see what nights you need get your vocal chords warmed up. Whatever suits you, Skeletunes accommodates to all types of music lovers. Reaffirming the welcoming philosophy, Wysong says, “It’s not my bar, it’s everyone’s bar. Music – that’s what keeps venues alive – not just one genre.” He also stated that he hopes to see Fort Wayne become...

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