On the Beat

The Station is coming back

The Station did not stay gone for long.

The historic Carrboro landmark, which closed down in December over ongoing business problems including a hefty tax debt, will reopen under new ownership as a private club on April 7.

This incarnation of The Station will have upgraded sound, lighting and acoustic treatments. Opening night will be an Americana bill, Kamara Thomas with Blue Cactus. Also on the schedule’s first month are rock bands, deejay nights, live comedy and the first quarterly “Secret Show” (where the act won’t be announced until the day of the event) on April 22.

It will be a private club with $5 memberships, and a minimum age of 21 years old. The Station reopening is part of a restaurant project, local chef Drew Moore’s CrossTies Barbecue, which is scheduled to open in the former Southern Rail restaurant space this summer.

The Station reopening brings back one of the most historically significant nightspots in the area. In R.E.M.’s early days, The Station was the first place outside of Georgia that the band played back in 1980.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi