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The Burl opens Thursday near Distillery District

Wheeler Walker Jr., the country alter ego of comedian and Lexington native Ben Hoffman, is scheduled to play The Burl Sept. 29.
Wheeler Walker Jr., the country alter ego of comedian and Lexington native Ben Hoffman, is scheduled to play The Burl Sept. 29.

The Burl, a music club downtown near the Lexington Distillery District, is launching its opening weekend on Thursday.

Cannon Armstrong, who owns The Burl along with Jomo Thompson, says he hopes the club will become a primary downtown destination for live music lovers.

The Burl, at 375 Thompson Road, will hold just under 300 people, Armstrong said. It will have a full bar and at least one food truck in residence each evening.

Hours will be 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m.-2:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Cannon said he hopes to have a touring live band appearing at least three nights a week, with a local band for two nights and other formats, including possibly karaoke and having patrons bring favorite vinyl records, on the remaining nights.

“Every night needs to be centered on music, that’s our thing,” Armstrong said. “We feel like we’re going to be the place to go if you really want to walk in and know you’re going to see good music that night.”

The venue did have a soft opening last week, including a July 14 comedy show featuring Trae Crowder, who is known as “The Liberal Redneck.”

Blackfoot Gypsies perform at 9 p.m. Thursday. Nashville-based The Protomen play at 9 p.m. Friday and Indiana-based Austin Lucas plays at 9 p.m. Saturday. Noteworthy bookings in coming months include Wheeler Walker Jr., the country alter ego of comedian and Lexington-native Ben Hoffman Sept. 29; a solo show my My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel Oct. 6 and Amanada Shires, whose last Lexington stand was opening a June 2015 show for John Prine at the Singletary Center for the Arts, Oct. 15.

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