Interview with Michael Grozier at Stella Artois VIP Lounge Opening for Ritz Raleigh

Interview with Michael Grozier at Stella Artois VIP Lounge Opening for Ritz Raleigh

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On July 29 Shutter 16 got the exclusive on the new Ritz’ Stella Artois VIP Lounge. During this grand opening. Michael Grozier was there for the down-low on The Ritz, the newest vip venue in Raleigh. Grozier happens to be the Live Nation Executive VP of Clubs and Theaters, and has been GM of International House of Blues; not to mention that he’s severely down-to-earth and inspired.


//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsThe Ritz Raleigh (Stella Lounge Opening) (68)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsDuring our short interview, we really got a good feel for what his vision is for the Ritz and across-the-board with venues in the country. For Raleigh in particular, he has chosen the resident-artists Louis St. Lewis and Nate Sheaffer for their newly-renovated entrance-way, and more of their work is found scattered throughout the venue and VIP lounge.

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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js  The Ritz Raleigh (Stella Lounge Opening) (19)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsPhoto of two VIP girls: Nehmenla Dungee and Alex Moreno The Ritz Raleigh (Stella Lounge Opening) (12)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsOverheard through the crowd: “best bar tenders in town,” and the service quality didn’t stop there. The Ritz Raleigh (Stella Lounge Opening) (22)//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Atypical of the average club, these door-men/women, tenders, drink-servers and bar tenders are all unique, good at their jobs and seem very content with what they do.

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One important aspect of this venue’s past year under new management was renovations: heating and cooling, improved bathrooms, state-of-the-art lighting (which was the very first thing that we noticed about the huge space), new smoking deck, parking accommodations and the brand new lounge.

One of the most astounding renovations that they’ve undergone is their calendar (see below):

Aug 10 8:00 PM Death From Above 1979 FIND TICKETS
Aug 12 9:00 PM Bruce Hampton FIND TICKETS
Aug 14 8:00 PM Brandon Flowers FIND TICKETS
Aug 15 9:00 PM Slippery When Wet – A Tribute to Bon Jovi FIND TICKETS
Aug 15 9:00 PM Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Experience FIND TICKETS
Aug 18 7:00 PM Meghan Trainor FIND TICKETS
Aug 19 8:00 PM Bone Thugs-N-Harmony FIND TICKETS
Aug 21 8:00 PM Breaking Benjamin FIND TICKETS
Aug 23 8:00 PM Camila FIND TICKETS
Aug 27 8:00 PM Social Distortion FIND TICKETS
Aug 29 8:00 PM Earl Sweatshirt FIND TICKETS
Sep 16 8:00 PM Purity Ring FIND TICKETS
Sep 19 8:00 PM Here Come the Mummies FIND TICKETS
Sep 28 8:00 PM Lord Huron FIND TICKETS
Sep 29 8:00 PM Father John Misty FIND TICKETS
Oct 3 9:00 PM Trial By Fire – Journey Tribute FIND TICKETS
Oct 7 8:00 PM Collective Soul FIND TICKETS
Oct 13 8:00 PM Glass Animals FIND TICKETS
Oct 18 7:30 PM New Found Glory and Yellowcard FIND TICKETS
Oct 23 8:00 PM Victor Manuelle – Que Suenen Los Tambores Tour 2015 FIND TICKETS
Oct 30 8:00 PM Ben Rector FIND TICKETS
Nov 5 8:00 PM Odesza FIND TICKETS
Nov 8 6:35 PM The Wilderness Politics Tour presented by Journeys FIND TICKETS
Nov 8 7:00 PM New Politics and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness FIND TICKETS
Nov 9 8:00 PM Chance The Rapper FIND TICKETS
Nov 12 8:00 PM Sound Tribe Sector 9 – STS 9 FIND TICKETS
Dec 4 7:00 PM Dustin Lynch with Chris Lane FIND TICKETS
Dec 5 1:00 PM DigiTour Slay Bells 2015 presents Slay Bells Tour 2015 | Raleigh
Dec 5 4:00 PM The DigiTour FIND TICKETS
Dec 5 4:00 PM DigiTour Slaybells FIND TICKETS

 

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