New mu­sic venue The Locks to open

En­ter­tain­ment venue echoes spirit of area lis­ten­ing rooms of the past

The Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Brian Binga­man bbinga­man@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @bri­an­binga­man on Twit­ter

MANAYUNK » If you ever mourned the clos­ing of Bryn Mawr’s The Point (and its pre­de­ces­sor The Main Point) and Old City’s Tim An­gel, it’s time to re­joice.

The Philadelphia mar­ket of­fi­cially gets its in­ti­mate lis­ten­ing room back Sept. 21 with The Locks at Sona, a new venue that, like the for­mer Tin An­gel, is sit­u­ated above a restau­rant. The 125-seat Locks at Sona is near­ing com­ple­tion in Manayunk on the sec­ond floor at 4417 Main St.

The new room will have two bars and cabaret- style ta­ble seat­ing that can be re­moved for shows when lis­ten­ers are likely to be danc­ing. Philly singer-gui­tarist Jim Bog­gia— who was the last per­former at The Point in 2005 be­fore it closed its doors — will be the first to take the stage.

The Locks is a joint ven­ture be­tween Donal McCoy and Larry Gold­farb, who ran the Tin An­gel for 24 years un­til it closed in 2017, along with Richard Kar­don and Jesse Lundy of Point En­ter­tain­ment, who book shows at venues through­out the re­gion.

“It’s close to the [SEPTA] train sta­tion so it’s gonna be easy to get there from town. Also, it’s so

close to 76. Com­ing in from the ’burbs, it’s right there,” said Lundy, ad­ding that the new club’s lo­ca­tion will be an as­set when it comes to lur­ing acts in­sis­tent on­hav- ing “Philadelphia” on their tour T-shirts be­causeManayunk, af­ter all, is still a sec­tion of Philadelphia.

“Manayunk has re­ally come into its own in the last five, six years,” McCoy com­mented.

Park­ing will be avail­able across the street for $8 till mid­night.

The Locks at Sona is on Face­bookandTwit­ter@th­e­locksmu­sic.

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