"We're putting the brand back together," said Randall Plaxa, who once ran the bar and live music venue J.M. Randalls in Williamsburg. His new venture is an event promotion company that he hopes will present as many as 12 concerts a year.
The company, J.M. Randall's Enterprises, was officially launched last week and its first event is a Valentine's weekend dance that will feature music from The Flamingos, an R&B vocal group known for their hit "I Only Have Eyes For You." The show, a benefit for the Beyond Boobs charity, will take place Feb. 15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg.
For more information on the event, visit the J.M. Randall's Enterprises website.
In January of 2012, Plaxa closed his bar on Longhill Road amid financial problems. At the time, Plaxa said he was sad to bid farewell to the music business. The restaurant Holy Mackerel now operates in the space where J.M. Randalls once served up bar food and live blues. Plaxa now works as a bartender for Colonial Williamsburg, primarily at Huzzah! BBQ Grille.
"I'm doing this on the side," Plaxa said of his new venture. He's working with his father, Michael, in J.M. Randall's Enterprises. The company's website describes its scope as "a full-service events company." Most of the company's events will aim at a mature audience.
For example, Plaxa and his father are working on a Mother's Day brunch featuring music from a swing band. "It's going to be adults," Plaxa said. "I don't think you're going to see me do anything that goes younger than 35 or 40 years old. I don't want the hassle, to tell you the truth ...
"The brand still has integrity," Plaxa said. "People remember who we are, what we did. And who knows? It could become another venue."