McCoy: “A little R ‘n’ R” means rock and roll to Tavern patrons
December 17, 2015
From blends of soul and Reggae to techno- and funk frenzies and a furor of rock and bluegrass, the Ullrs Tavern stage has run the gamut.
Since its opening in October of 2009, the venue brings the widest variety of musicians to the Fraser Valley scene. "People would (also) be surprised how diverse the audience is," said Jerod LaChance, co-owner.
Fresh from a second renovation and grand opening this fall, he and co-owner Rebecca Kaufman are "packing the winter season schedule with all the music we can handle."
LaChance, Kauffman and a group of loyal friends re-did all the lighting, brightening the ambiance, and they added seating, hours and food. Renovations include an additional 600 square feet and 50-60 more seats, including five new booths.
Late-night food has been a welcome addition, said Cody Martin, who now runs his food truck (a Panini paradise) from the venue. "Someone needed to do it, so it might as well be us," LaChance said about "joining forces" with Martin.
Ullrs (named after a German god known for his skills as an archer and skier, "'cause 'The Drinking Bar' wouldn't work," Kauffman jokes) has also stepped up its beer, tequila and vodka offerings. One customer called the Hopnosh IPA "the next best thing since sliced bread."
This past year Ullrs has also purchased a new soundboard, fixed all the subwoofers, and can boast some of the best stage lighting in Grand County (Hideaway Park and Peterson Bros. work at Smokin' Moe's are also in the tops).
From the likes of local favorites to the some of the best up-and-coming (Trampled By Turtles, James and the Devil, David Mayfield Parade, even Alabama Shakes, to name a few), Ullrs Tavern has made it its mission to offer some of the best music available in the area.
Upcoming concerts so far include: J.J. Evanoff Experience Dec. 18, YAMN (subject to change) Dec. 19, NA'AN Stop Dec. 31, Magic Beans Jan. 2, Euforquestra Jan. 8, Grant Farm Jan. 9, the Kris Lager Band Jan. 10, Trout Steak Revival Jan. 15, Leadville Cherokee Jan. 16, Everyone Orchestra Jan. 17, Rowdy Shadehouse Jan. 22, Broccoli Samurai Jan. 24, Sunsquabi Jan. 29, Andy Frasco Feb. 5, WhiteWater Ramble Feb. 6, Roxy Roca Feb. 7, Filthy Children Feb. 13, Old Shoe Feb. 14, Groovement Feb. 28, and Brothers Gow March 6.
And the fun doesn't stop after the weekend's over. Mondays are open mic nights, hosted by local musician Hippie through Dec. 21 and Joe Djelidi afterward; audience members are the stars on Tuesdays for Lip Sync nights with host Chris Siewak, Wednesdays are Ladies Nights (and Ullrs dropped the cover for guys), and there's free billiards on Thursdays (and 4-6 p.m. every day). Happy hour runs 4-7 p.m. daily.
"We never could've done this without our dear friends … ," LaChance said about the renovations, "both times," Kaufman added. "Permanent sound system, bigger dance floor … (it was) the whole idea for our business model." LaChance adds: "'Cause we like to rock."
Cynthia McCoy can be reached at email@example.com