Georgetown has a rich history as a venue for live entertainment, though not in recent times. Once there was the Cellar Door, the Bayou, and the Crazy Horse, among other clubs, and now it’s down to basically Blues Alley. But that’s about to change with the opening Thursday night of a new waterfront music club, Gypsy Sally’s. The club, which will offer food as well as music, promises “local, regional, and national Americana acts” in a venue that includes a room for listening to classic LPs.
The opening act is Jim Lauderdale, a Grammy-winning singer and songwriter out of Nashville who has collaborated with Elvis Costello and Ralph Stanley. The show begins at 8 PM, and tickets are $20 online. At 10 the Wil Gravatt Band takes the stage.
Gypsy Sally’s slogan is “where the music never stops,” and the club already has a variety of acts booked through November. The main events will happen in the club’s music room, but there’s also the Vinyl Lounge, a separate eating and drinking space with no cover charge that Gypsy Sally’s website promises is “the perfect spot to wax poetic about the good ol’ days of vinyl.” The venue also contains an art gallery.
Gypsy Sally’s is at 3401 K Street, also known as Water Street, practically under Key Bridge and above the new Malmaison restaurant. Generally there’s plenty of street parking. The nearest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom, or Rosslyn with a connection on the Circulator bus.
Coincidentally, Gypsy Sally’s is only a few blocks west of where the legendary Bayou was located. That iconic music and dance spot was plowed down years ago to make way for the AMC-Loews movie theater.