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Low Spirits haunts the building that once housed Bear Assets

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

The first dance of the night
Jessica Cassyle Carr
The first dance of the night

On Friday night the bar was comfortably full, populated by a crowd teeming with baby boomers and twentysomethings alike. Despite the place’s given name, everyone seemed to be feeling festive, there to take in a little local blues, have a drink and maybe a dance.

Blues band The Hounds opens for The Memphis P. Tails.
Blues band The Hounds opens for The Memphis P. Tails.

Low Spirits, located at 2823 Second Street NW, is a stone’s throw from Downtown. After dealing with months of bureaucratic rigamarole and annoyance, Joe Anderson, owner of the Sunshine Theater and Launchpad, was able to officially open the North Valley’s new live music venue on Dec. 2.

The blue bar occupies what was formerly Bear Assets.
The blue bar occupies what was formerly Bear Assets.

Intended as a mellower alternative to Downtown’s frequently loud live shows, Low Spirits’ 2010 schedule boasts a host of blues, country, jazz, rock and other events that will likely tickle your fancy and spare your hearing. If you’ve yet to drop by, glimpse this pictorial introduction to the shiny, newborn bar.

Purple signage beckons on Second Street.
Purple signage beckons on Second Street.
Trouble, right here in River City
Trouble, right here in River City
A peek inside the ladies’ room
A peek inside the ladies’ room
Friendly patrons tolerate having their photo taken
Friendly patrons tolerate having their photo taken
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