It’s been a rocky road for The Enterprise. Charletta Lewis, the proprietor of the jazz lounge and theater space on Georgia Avenue NW, hosted the property’s soft opening on Sept. 3, with plans for a grand opening in the second week of October. That grand opening came just a bit late—-on Oct. 19—-but it wasn’t the celebration Lewis had hoped for.
Issues with DCRA were already threatening the Enterprise before it had really started, problems that Lewis blamed on property owner Michael Ressom and Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham. At the time, Lewis promised to continue with her plans for the venue, whether the legal entanglements are resolved or not.
Well, not all of them are resolved just yet, but enough have been that The Enterprise is rebooting itself. Grand opening 2.0 will consist of “3 days of music, theater and art” —- and it starts tonight. Doors open at 4 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, and Saturday with a rotating stage lineup that includes Frankie Addison & Friends, Whop Craig & Friends, Total Recall Band, GGT Band, comedian Eddie Bryant, DJ Jammer, and DJ Ron B.
After that, says Lewis, the venue switches to a weekly schedule beginning on Wednesday, February 8. It looks something like this:
Wednesday: Spoken Word performances – 6 – 8 p.m. Karaoke – 8 p.m. – midnight
Thursday – Saturday: Live jazz nightly starting at 8:30 p.m. Live stage plays on selected nights – 7 p.m.
Saturday: Medical Missionary Program – 9 a.m.
Sunday: Jazz / Gospel Session – 12 – 5:30 p.m. Black Film Review & Discussion – 6 p.m. Talk Sundays, Live Radio Broadcast – 8 p.m.
Tuesday: “The Stage is Yours Tuesdays” – Open mic night starting at 5 p.m. JazzNSoul Café Radio Live Broadcast – 8 p.m.