FORT PIERCE – There’s a new music venue in Fort Pierce called Bottom’s Up Public House. The intimate bar at 208 Avenue A held a soft opening on April 20 with the band Juke from Miami.
The first really big show is May 10, featuring Colorado’s DeadPhish Orchestra. DPO, as fans call them, is one of the best on the national jamband scene. Bottom’s Up was able to book the popular band so early in the venue’s young life because General Manager Al Beltran is also an owner and partner with Cosmic Barley, a growing Treasure Coast concert producer.
“We had DeadPhish Orchestra a few months ago at Terra Fermata, and the stars aligned and it is really cool to be able to get them here,” Mr. Beltran told Hometown News. This will be the only Florida show on the band’s current tour.
DPO normally plays larger venues in bigger towns, so it’s a treat to have them in Fort Pierce. The quartet melts together the hippie rock of the Grateful Dead with the funky, jazzy sound of Phish. It is common for fans to dance from the first note to the very last.
“It’s unbelievable the way they segue back and forth between Dead and Phish songs,” Mr. Beltran said. “It’s special, and the level of musicianship is second to none. That’s why this music really resonates. It’s well executed. And by not just being a Grateful Dead tribute, but adding Phish, it adds another dimension” that sets them apart from other deadhead bands.
When deciding where to open the new club, rather than looking for a huge hall to pack in as many people as possible, the goal was intimacy. For concerts the venue will sell only about 90 tickets.
“That’s one of the things people are commenting on so far, the cool, intimate vibe,” Mr. Beltran said. “We’ve paid so much attention to the show as the final product. We’re shooting for being not only one of the top venues on the Treasure Coast, but one of the top venues on the whole east coast of Florida, because of the acoustics, the lighting, the feel, the types of cocktails, the great draft beer selection, the service. We’re going for a home run.”
For each big show, Bottom’s Up will offer themed drinks. “We’ll have Phish and Grateful Dead-themed cocktails for the evening, like Bathtub Gin. We like to have a lot of fun with the cocktail menu, so different shows will have different themed cocktails.”
There will be a food truck parked out front, which is the plan for future shows. While the club doesn’t serve food, they do allow patrons to bring in food from other downtown venues, or even have it delivered to the club.
Future shows will feature a wide variety of music, with no limitations on genre. Mr. Beltran says he just wants to be sure the level of musicianship remains as high as possible, because great musicians can be appreciated by fans of all genres of music.
If you want to attend the Friday, May 10 show, get tickets early. To buy tickets online for $14 plus $2 service fee, visit https://cosmicbarley.ticketspice.com/deadphish-orchestra-live-at-public-house, or click the link on the event’s Facebook page.
Remaining tickets night of show, if any, are $20. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., opening act Second Breakfast plays 8-9:30 p.m. DeadPhish Orchestra plays 10 p.m.-1 a.m. The bar remains open until 2 a.m. This is a 21 and over show.
Bottom’s Up Public House is located at 208 Avenue A, unit B, Fort Pierce. Street and parking lot parking. For more information, call (772) 828-6105 or visit www.facebook.com/bottomsuppublichouse/. For more information about DeadPhish Orchestra, visit www.deadphishorchestra.com.