Limelight reopened on Thursday for a preview party.
As I walked up to the VIP grand re-opening of Limelight last night, I felt a vibe in the air that was reminiscent of the old "Slimers". A buzzing crowd, Lonely Horse jamming on stage, and an overall fun time were to be found last night in this reopened St. Mary's Strip mainstay.
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The glaring standouts of the "new Limelight", taken over by 502 Bar's Deric Wynne, were definitely the stellar sound and the slanted stadium style area to watch the musicians. I also noticed a more professional looking lighting set up that made the stage look like somewhere bands might actually want to perform. I feel that most who were in the know about the new ownership were looking forward to seeing how the new sound system would be, and the 502 crew delivered.
After Lonely Horse was finished, DJ Proper yarn started to spin some rad tunes, my favorite of which was Enigma's "Sadeness (part I)"
. As I laughed my way to the dance floor, I found myself wondering if the slanted areas would prove to be a challenge to drunk people dancing.
As far as renovations went, I felt that the only things really different involved the sound and stage. I'm not complaining, Limelight genuinely needed the overhaul and I'm grateful, but to me it begged the question: Why come in and only change SOME things? Why not revamp everything and change the name and make the place yours? I'm sure there are plenty of reasons I am not privy to, I just thought a completely new bar would have been nice. But then again, San Antonio practically runs on nostalgia so I get it.
At the end of the night, I would say that the re-opening of "Slimelight" was a complete success, and I am looking forward to more great live music in this city that I don't have to drive all the way to Bitters/281 for.