New Reservoir Hill music venue is housed in synagogue's basement
By By Erik Maza
The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 22, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Don't worry, it won't be the type where they do bad covers of Adon Olam.
Eutaw Place, housed at the bottom of Beth Am Synagogue, is catering to singer-songwriters. It's scheduled to open in late April.
The idea came together last summer, said producer and booker Ellen Kahan Zager, 56. She likes coffee-house types like Jammin Java in Virginia and adult contemporary getaways like Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis. But didn't find any in Baltimore.
Though she didn't have any experience in the business - "My husband and I just love music," the graphic designer says - she approached the rabbi of her new temple, Beth Am, with a proposal: "Would you consider a music venue in the lower level of the synagogue?"
Zager and her husband would handle all the booking and the venue would work around the temple's schedule. Rabbi Daniel Burg obliged.