Iconic Main Point Music Hall Remembers 40 Years After Closing Weekend
The Bryn Mawr performance hall, where Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt and George Carlin made their debut, will finally get its due. Local fans of the once nationally famous “Main Point” plan to forever commemorate its location on its 40th anniversary since its closure.
The beloved cafe and concert hall, located at 874 W. Lancaster Avenue, operated for 18 years starting in 1964. Besides Springsteen, Raitt and Carlin, its stage featured other early career performances by John Prine. , Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Jim Croce, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, David Bromberg, Jay Leno, Chic Corea & Return to Forever, Charles Mingus, Muddy Waters, Lily Tomlin and many more. A local group of Arts lovers and “Friends of the” site, with the grateful cooperation of the owner, are taking steps to ensure that the site is not forgotten.
“The Main Point closed in 1981,” says Michael Curry, Bryn Mawr resident and campaign organizer. “Today, 40 years later, we are looking for at least 40 people willing to donate at least $ 40 each to forever mark the place that has had a monumental impact on a generation of artists and fans.”
As an avid fan who regularly walks past the old location, Curry thought about contacting Steve Bajus of SW Bajus Ltd., the owner of the property. Fortunately, Bajus has become an enthusiastic supporter. The plan is to recognize the building’s incredible entertainment history with an appropriate cast iron plaque to affix to the exterior of the building. That way, anyone who walks by can see where so many ‘big’ ones started, right down to Bryn Mawr.
Tom Kelly, President of Kelly Music for Life, supports the fundraising effort.
“In the 1970s, I passed The Main Point every day, commuting between home and high school at Archbishop Carroll and Villanova Middle School,” Kelly said. “The names of upcoming shows displayed in the windows of The Main Point were unknown to most of us at the time. Many have become superstars.
The Kelly Hall in Havertown, the Kelly Center for Music, Arts and Community is home to a cafe and performance hall inspired by The Main Point.
“We really love giving young performers the opportunity to develop their craft on our stage, just like The Main Point,” said Kelly. “Incredibly, Bonnie Raitt was only 18 when The Main Point first gave her a chance. Like The Main Point, the Kelly Center is a performer-centric listening room.
One of the main funders of the project is Larry Ahearn, well-known musician, director of Craig Bickhardt and co-owner of Trespass Music Agency, who started his business by booking shows and also performing at Main Point.
“My years of playing and booking shows at Main Point are some of my fondest memories. At the time, we had no idea what influence the place would become. We just had a wonderful time listening to so many fabulous shows that I was thrilled and privileged to participate. I think it’s both fitting and wonderful that The Main Point has this ongoing recognition. “
Donations of all sizes are welcome. The first 40 donors who will each donate $ 40 will be invited to an invitation-only reception to unveil the commemorative plaque. This event will take place on stage this summer at the Kelly Center.
If you would like to be a part of “Forever Remember” The Main Point, your tax-deductible donations can be made to the Kelly Center via PayPal or by credit card. Venmo donations have also been accepted in the “Business” tab of @ Kelly4music. Indicate “The main point plate” with your contribution.