New music venue The Locks to open
Entertainment venue echoes spirit of area listening rooms of the past
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.