Niagara Gazette


May 2, 2013

Icehouse is 'chillin' on Third Street

Niagara Gazette — Ok. So the one concert did get a little rowdy. Reports are that a middle-aged lady was standing on a chair, swinging her coat over her head. And the mostly female crowd apparently responded with enthusiasm to the five male dancers on the stage. 

But, for goodness sakes — a few of those guys were from the infamous Chippendales dance troupe — and the ladies were likely just appreciating the gentlemen for their coordination and agility. 

That's just the kind of rowdiness that Jim Lewis is seeking in concert goers at the newly reopened concert hall, the Icehouse on Third Street.

The Icehouse, at 512 Third St., which in the past has attracted some not so amusingly wild crowds, is taking on a whole new demeanor, according to Lewis, the former owner of the Steelhead Irish Pub and Restaurant in Lewiston. 

Lewis and some of the other developers and business owners on Third Street are working together to draw more clientele to the street who are simply out to have some good, clean fun.

As such, Lewis re-opened the building recently with a new sound and light system, and the ship-shape cavernous concert hall has already hosted the Battle of the Bands for the Niagara Falls Art and Music Festival, as well as the aforementioned "Fifty Shades of Men," revue which was billed as "Niagara County's Biggest Bachelorette Party."

Lewis is booking national touring acts with a leaning toward country music, especially country because, he noted, "my wife and daughter are very big fans," but he's reaching into rock and roll and other types of acts.  

The Icehouse has a rich rock and roll history, Lewis noted, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King and U2, who played there on their way toward superstardom. 

 "They've had tons of famous acts here," he said. The place, however, has also has a reputation for inspiring rowdiness on Third Street and that's exactly the type of reputation Lewis is trying to dispel.

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