BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
The Masquerade has officially moved.
After a few delays in its migration from longtime home on North Avenue, the essence of the scrappy rock club has relocated downtown to Kenny’s Alley of Underground Atlanta.
The final show at the hallowed original site was the Nov. 19 Yellowcard concert (fittingly, it was also a goodbye for the band, which announced earlier this year that it would break up after this tour).
The Masquerade initially expected to move to a new location on Westside, but those plans were scrapped when an area developer filed suit to prevent the club from operating in the neighborhood.
Like its predecessor, the Kenny’s Alley location will offer three levels of music, still dubbed Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.
Those who spent many a night prowling the North Avenue neighborhood searching for parking will find plenty at the MLK parking deck (look for the neon Underground Atlanta sign at 75 MLK Drive SW). The main entrance to Kenny’s Alley is through that deck.
The drop off and pick up point for taxis and Uber is located at the corner of MLK Drive and Central Avenue, next to the former World of Coke.
Upcoming shows at the Masquerade include a Nov. 29 lineup of Epica (Heaven), Red Fang (in Hell) and The Soil & The Sun (in Purgatory). Other shows this week include Flotsam & Jetsam, For Today, The Sounds and KISS tribute act, Strutter.
The club’s box office is located inside the venue and is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-577-8178 or visit www.masqueradeatlanta.com.