Changes Coming for Steve’s Live Music

Changes Coming for Steve’s Live Music

David R. Cohen

David R. Cohen is the former Associate Editor of the Atlanta Jewish Times. He is originally from Marietta, GA and studied Journalism at the University of Tennessee.

After four years in operation and more than 1,500 musical performances, Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs could be headed to a new location or many locations.

Grossman in the next few months plans to start presenting shows at various venues and restaurants across the North Atlanta area in addition to his Sandy Springs location.

“We’re looking to expand what we do in music,” said Grossman. “Especially in North Atlanta but outside of that area as well in terms of booking music in places where music fits. We’ll be announcing shortly some of the venues that we’ll be using.”

Steve's currently hosts live music 7 nights a week as well as open jams on Monday and Tuesday.
Steve’s currently hosts live music 7 nights a week as well as open jams on Monday and Tuesday.

His current space, which is leased out through July, will still host musical acts, but after that Grossman plans to explore other venue options unless he can find a suitable restaurant partner.

The partner would ideally be as passionate about food as Steve is about music.

“I’ve discovered that running a restaurant is not my passion but music is,” Grossman said. “Given the fact that there is a limited amount of time to do both, I’m focusing on the music side. A lot of venues only want to bring in music as a background to the food. I wanted to bring in food as a background to the music.”

On March 10, Steve’s will host the opening night of the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival featuring New York-based jazz group the Hadar Noiberg Trio. The music venue has hosted the opening night of the AJMF each year since opening in 2012 and regularly hosts AJMF teen open-mic events.

This past Christmas Eve, Grossman hosted the first Jew Jam at his venue, featuring Tony Levitas and The Helpers.

Steve’s Live Music also hosts numerous jam sessions throughout the week including an Irish session night on Monday and a bluegrass jam on Tuesday. It’s unclear where those jams would move to if the Sandy Springs venue were to close.

“If a restaurant comes in that’s the right fit, the jam sessions will continue at Steve’s,” said Grossman. “If not, jam sessions will continue in Sandy Springs, I can guarantee you that. I just don’t know if it’s going to be at the current location or a different one.”

For now, Steve’s Live Music remains open, and Grossman said he isn’t going anywhere. On his website, Steve’s currently has performances scheduled as far away as April 1.

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