Welcome to the b side

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Welcome to the b side

The b side ballroom and supper club supports downtown Oneonta, New York’s vision as a regional destination for arts and entertainment. The space is designed to bring memorable entertainment experiences to life for adults. Our kitchen serves fresh, quality seasonal food and drinks to a growing local community with an interest in being social. B-Side ballroom is a 21+ venue. Photo ID is required. Shows are free unless otherwise listed with a “Buy Tickets” option or a cover charge.

Where it all began

After leaving his job as brand director for dwell media in 2011 Wayne began doing feasibility studies for a local produce/food retail store and or food hub for downtown Oneonta. With an initial focus on a site in the Clinton Plaza a working relationship was fostered with Owners Jim Baldo & Jacki Hunt. A few months later when the General Clinton Pub was closed they approached he and Rebecca to see if they would have any interest in opening a bar? Initially hesitant, over a period of a few weeks the idea grew on them. As young adults the couple had always said that if the Oak and Autumn Café didn’t exist they may have had to move elsewhere… Having special cultural and food experiences were very important to them. A space to share those with people they loved were very important to them. Other businesses of theirs like Dryhill Studios had kept them involved in music even though their careers were pulling them away from their passion for it. But was it enough? Maybe it was important to consider creating a place that brought those passions to bear for like-minded individuals. Maybe it was time to stick a stake in the ground and give back to a community that had given them so much…Business plans were made and the gutting of the existing bar started in earnest in September. Mike, Randy, Bill, Gary, Harv, Vic, Fletch, John and others made substantial contributions in bringing the space to life… We opened in October 2012.

Private events

B-Side ballroom is available for private events. For all inquiries please email bsideballroom@gmail.com.

 

About the name

The name B  Side refers to the “flip-side” of a record.  Many artists, notably Hank Williams, Booker T & the MG’s, CCR, Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, The Righteous Brothers and the Beatles, released single (45′s) where the B-sides were as good as the A-side and became hits in their own right.

Often B-sides are more alternative artist tracks that were not chosen by producers and labels to be hits, but are more personal favorites or memorable outakes…

By supporting the very regional artists, food and beverage producers that inspire us, we hope to build a lasting B Side tradition in Oneonta.