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Ziggy's is a live music venue and bar in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Baity Street venue closed after Thanksgiving in 2007. Ziggy's reopened in Winston-Salem, in a 14,000sq foot space on the corner of 8th and Trade St. in the Downtown Arts District on August 5, 2011.
A former residence, Ziggy's has become one of the premier club venues in the South. A wide variety of bands are hosted, with styles including reggae, rock, blues, hip-hop, and country. Artists who have performed at Ziggy's include Thirty Seconds to Mars, Dave Matthews Band, Keller Williams, Slipknot, The Wailers, Andrew W.K., Perpetual Groove, Steel Pulse, Rusted Root, Jump Little Children, Ben Folds Five, Vertical Horizon, Hawthorne Heights, Emery, Anberlin, Mutemath, Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Lamb of God, Axe Murder Boyz, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Mat Kearney, Turbonegro and Saliva. In February, 2003, Great White played with their full pyrotechnic stage show mere days before the same effects would ignite the deadly fire that killed over 100 people at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island. In December 2004, Athenaeum played their final show on Ziggy's stage.
Who is Ziggy?
Ziggy's was rumored to have been founded by Ziggy Marley, though it was actually founded by Wake Forest alumnus John 'Ziggy' Ziglinski as The White Horse Tavern in the early 1970s. To augment the rumor, there has been an urban legend that Ziggy Marley helped to keep the venue open with a generous monetary donation in the early 90s. Mr. Marley has regularly performed at the venue, openly praising and identifying with the "Roots - Rock - Reggae" philosophy displayed on the seven-foot square Ziggy's logo at the rear of the main stage. Currently, most of the staff maintains a tongue-in-cheek belief that the large tabby that calls the venue home is the club's namesake, rather than the other way around.
Who Owns Ziggy's?
Ziggy's is owned by Charles Womack, Brad 'catdaddy' McCauley and long-time original owner Jay Stephens.
Ziggy's By The Sea
A sister club, Ziggy's by the Sea operated in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina until 2005.
After an 8-year hiatus, Ziggy's by the Sea reopened in Wilmington, North Carolina.
- Triad Business News 8/16/06
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