St. Louis Blue Strawberry Nightclub and The Cabaret Project Return with Winter Shows at Grand Center | Entertainment
After months of pandemic-related delays, the metro area’s two main nightclubs – the Blue Strawberry nightclub in St. Louis’ Central West End and The Cabaret Project of St. Louis – are on the move again.
As Tim Schall, executive and artistic director of the latter, reminds us with irony: “What is the point of sitting alone in your room? Come listen to the music play! ”- referring to the title number in the classic Broadway musical Cabaret. Schall and Jim Dolan, founder of Blue Strawberry, have busy schedules through January – and beyond.
Both companies necessarily adhere to the pandemic protocols mandated by St. Louis. “We follow the policies on the sites where we produce, [namely] Jazz St. Louis and The Sheldon Concert Hall, ”says Schall. Both venues occupy the Grand Center Arts District – arguably the heart of the performing arts in St. Louis.
Specifically, clients must wear masks to enter and move around the premises but, once seated, may remove the masks. In addition, upon entry, customers over 11 must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
Blue Strawberry and The Cabaret Project both pivoted differently during the pandemic. Dolan says his venue closed for almost four months and explains, “We reopened as a piano bar in June 2020 with reduced capacity and hiding. “
Blue Strawberry, for its part, has adapted in other ways, notes Dolan: “We have expanded our offerings to include more R&B, blues, jazz, soul, folk, singer-songwriter. and rock. Blue Strawberry showcases a lot of local talent… and national tours as well.