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Trocadero crew to open South Philly music venue

A liquor license has popped up on the former Asylum wrestling arena at Swanson and Ritner streets, and it was filed by the same people behind the Trocadero in Chinatown, the Insider reports.

From the blog post:

This suggests that this corner, next to the Forman Mills store, will hear the beats of music, rather than beat-downs. The Asylum, also known as ECW, had hosted pro wrestling, boxing and MMA events for several years.

The blog noted that Troc owner Joanna Pang had indicated during her bankruptcy proceedings in 2011 that she wanted to book shows at the venue, which closed in January 2012. Now, it looks like she’s just going in whole hog.

Meanwhile, there will be a screening there of a wrestling documentary about ECW on April 20. Called “Barbed Wire City,” the film claims to be the unauthorized story of ECW and gives a bit of a glimpse into the venue’s recent past.

Here’s one highlight from the trailer: “It was like, the more you bled or more tables you went through, the bigger the hero you were.”

Hmm. Let’s hope there’s less blood at the new venue.

Regardless, this is great news. It means another new music venue for South Philly – on top of the Boot & Saddle – and it’s only a few blocks from the proposed bowling/arcade/batting cages at South Bowl on Oregon Avenue. Keep ‘em coming.

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One Response to Trocadero crew to open South Philly music venue

  1. Aaron B March 28, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    hell. f’ing. yes.

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