The Rave / Eagles Club
|Former names||Eagles Club (1927-1989)
Central Park Ballroom (1989-1994)
|Address||2401 W Wisconsin Avenue|
|Capacity||Eagles Ballroom: 1,500
The Rave Hall: 1,500
|Architect||Russell Barr Williamson, Immel Construction|
|Architectural style||19th and 20th Century Revival (1924, 1927, 1939)|
|NRHP Reference #||86002096|
|Added to NRHP||July 29, 1986|
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The building is divided into six venues, making it theoretically possible to have six different acts playing at the same time.
The Eagles Ballroom
The Eagles Ballroom is the building's showpiece, featuring a 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) oval wooden dancefloor, originally installed when the building was constructed, in addition to a large, old-fashioned domed ceiling and a stage on one side. Originally a ballroom, it has hosted everything from boxing matches to concerts to ethnic dances. There is a second floor, with a row of balconies around the oval, from one side of the stage to the other.
The Ballroom hosts the most popular acts, and its history includes Bob Dylan (six times), Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Weezer, Morrissey, The Killers, The Offspring (nine times), Bad Religion (five times), The Grateful Dead, The White Stripes, Pantera, Fugazi, Matchbox Twenty, Green Day, Pierce The Veil, Shiny Toy Guns, Nine Inch Nails, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Replacements, Paul Westerberg (solo), Social Distortion, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Maroon 5, Korn, Kings of Leon, The Smashing Pumpkins, The All-American Rejects, Atreyu, No Doubt, Lamb of God, Robert Plant, Velvet Revolver, Rihanna, James Blunt, Phish, Slayer, Sublime with Rome, Infected Mushroom, Benny Benassi, My Chemical Romance, Nick Jonas & the Administration, All Time Low, Ed Sheeran, Kesha and many others.
Jason Mraz also filmed an entire live DVD here, called Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom.
The music video for CKY's song Close Yet Far was shot at The Rave.
Certain interview clips from All Time Low's 2010 DVD, Straight to DVD were filmed on the roof of the building.
The Rave Eagles Grand Ballroom currently hosts Milwaukee based combat sports promotions North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) MMA & Knockout Kings Kickboxing.
The Rave Hall
The Rave Hall on the main level is a large concert-style venue, second in size only to the Eagles Ballroom above it. Most national touring artists that visit Milwaukee have played here, including John Mayer, Sevendust, GWAR, Regina Spektor, moe., Tiësto, Seaway, Chiodos and Bob Weir.
The Eagles Hall
The Eagles Hall, previously called the Basement, (or the Underground) is a Miami-style venue built in the basement of the building. Featuring a unique hardwood floor, it is often rented by members of the public for wedding receptions. It has hosted acts like the Buzzcocks, Owl City, Muse, Nickelback, Boys Like Girls, Fugazi, 3 Doors Down, Gov't Mule, and Third Eye Blind.
The Rave Bar
The Rave Bar is a small intimate club. Numerous acts have made their Wisconsin debut here, including Dave Matthews Band, Nirvana, Les Claypool, The Features, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Blink-182, Creed, Pearl Jam, Red Is The Sea, Cody Hansen, Unlimited Production Music-UPM (featuring: Ewill, Rob, Killah and Prod) and Tantric.
The Rave Vibe Room
The Penthouse Lounge
On the concierge level (2nd level) and comfortably holds a group of 200 or so with a full bar, table seating, and an optional stage. Notable events include the Trevin SkyDiving incident.
The Eagles Club was named to the National Register of Historic Places on July 29, 1986. The club is a significant example of 19th and 20th century Revival architecture, especially from 1924, 1927, and 1939.
- The grand opening for the Eagles Building was September 13, 1927.
Since its construction in 1926, the Eagles Club has known several incarnations. Prominently among them, it housed the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, a notable organization whose considerable impacts on America’s cultural landscape remain in effect today. The Eagles pushed for the foundation of Mother’s Day, provided the impetus for a national Social Security program, and campaigned to eliminate job discrimination on the basis of age. Notable former Eagles include Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The building now operates as The Rave / Eagles Club, a purveyor of music to Milwaukee for twenty years.
- The Rave Eagles Club. Rent The Rave/Eagles Club
- National Register Information System, National Register of Historic Places (search for "Eagles Club"). Retrieved May 23, 2011.
- The Rave at onmilwaukee.com, Retrieved June 8, 2007
- The Rave/Eagles Ballroom Review, Retrieved June 8, 2007
- "The Offspring - Tour". offspring.com. (Note: search for 'Milwaukee' in the Archive section). Retrieved December 29, 2016.
- "Bad Religion shows at The Rave". The Bad Religion Page. Retrieved October 9, 2010.
- The Eagles Ballroom, Retrieved August 7, 2008
- All Music: The Jonas Brothers, Retrieved August 7, 2008
- The Rave Hall, Retrieved August 7, 2008
- The Eagles Hall, Retrieved August 7, 2008
- The Rave Bar, Retrieved August 7, 2008
- The Rave Vibe Room, Retrieved August 7, 2008