NEW BEDFORD – After closing in June, The Vault Music Hall & Pub will reopen in December with new plans for the future of the Purchase Street location.
“We’re excited to announce that going forward, The Vault (or Greasy Luck if you want to keep referring to it) will be available for private events,” owner Howie Mallowes wrote in a Facebook post.
“Book holiday parties, birthdays, fundraisers, weddings, reunions, or any type of private event that fits your cause.”
Guests can book The Vault room, the former pub or both, which can accommodate up to 500 people.
The announcement comes days after JKB Entertainment Group/Limelight Magazine announced it will present a “Welcome Back to The Vault” weekend with actor/musician Corey Feldman and his band on Friday, December 2, and The Great Escape: A Tribute to Journey Saturday, December 3rd.
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Katie Botelho, co-owner of JKB Entertainment Group, said she is excited to be back at the venue since it closed.
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Feldman’s Dec. 2 show will be his first time performing in New Bedford as he embarks on his first tour in five years.
Appearing in over 100 films, Feldman is best known for The Bad News Bears, Time After Time, The Goonies and Stand By Me.
He will perform on his recent album “Love Left 2: Arm Me With Love,” which features the viral song “Comeback King” featuring Curtis Young, as well as his new box set, “Love Left 2.1.”
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“This is going to be a great show not to be missed,” Botelho said, suggesting people buy tickets as soon as possible as they expect to sell out soon.
Formed in 2008, The Great Escape: A Tribute to Journey will perform on December 3rd. The band consists of lead vocalist Jason Paulino, with lead guitarist Rick Vigdor and keyboardist Chris Brunelle.
In 2009, and again in 2013, the band was awarded Best New England Tribute Band during the Limelight Magazine Awards.
The future of The Vault
According to Mallowes, the entertainment group has a proven track record of booking nearly 20 shows with The Vault over the past four years. He is happy to welcome them into the space once the location reopens.
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As of June 12, The Vault/Greasy Luck has been dormant since Mallowes made the announcement that it would close immediately, refusing tickets and helping promoters find other venues for the show.
As for the restaurant, Mallowes also said it will no longer be open seven days a week, but will only open to be used to host private events if needed.
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“We won’t be booking our own live music events anymore, but be on the lookout as there could be some things in the works with some local promoters performing,” he said.
“We want to thank everyone who has supported us as a live music venue with some of the best entertainment ever brought to this city. It was a fun ride.”
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