Just about a year ago, The Ritz in Raleigh reopened after a spiffy seven-figure makeover, courtesy of new owner Live Nation. Since then, it has staged more than 100 shows of everything from hip-hop to metal -- and the upcoming schedule includes pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen, thrash band Slayer, hip-hop hit-maker Fetty Wap and tribute bands to the Eagles, Grateful Dead and Led Zeppelin.
In early April, however, The Ritz will go dark again for another round of renovations, this one lasting about two months. Given the extent of the previous remodeling job -- a process that took many months longer than expected while gutting the club’s interior and essentially replacing almost everything barely a year ago -- the timing seems peculiar.
As to what this is meant to address, that’s not entirely clear.
“It is infrastructure-based,” said Live Nation spokesperson Morgan Nicholson. “There are some things we need to do with the building, so we are moving forward with the process. It’s infrastructure repair.”
Nicholson confirmed that it’s not safety-related -- which is good, since more than two dozen dates are on the schedule between now and the closing date. She also said it will not affect the building’s layout, or its capacity of 1,974.
Is it anything concert-goers will even notice?
“There might be a few things,” Nicholson said. “But until we have more information from construction getting in there, there’s nothing to disclose. If anything changes cosmetically, we’ll certainly keep our social media up to date.”
The final dates before the renovation will be jam band on Umphrey’s McGee on April 8-9. Hip-hop/r&b star Ciara was scheduled for April 21, but Live Nation has moved that show to the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, S.C.