You can call it a comeback if you’d like. The iconic Downtown Fort Wayne club Flashback on the Landing is making it’s return, this time as Flashback Live.
The downtown hot spot closed in January after the city bought the building. Owner Todd Smith said fans missed being able to dance to throwback hits from the 70’s and 80’s. So,he decided to reopen it at 4201 North Wells St. where his other club, Early Birds, recently closed.
“If you look at Fort Wayne as a whole, there’s not a lot of entertainment venues when it comes to dancing,” he said. “We have a huge dance floor here. We have a huge stage.”
Flashback Live will be one of the few places in town to listen to live music earlier in the night.
“Being able to offer entertainment at 7 p.m., I think the draw is to bring in people and have them entertained earlier in the evening instead of it being 10, 11 o’clock at night waiting for a band to go on stage at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m. when you work all week and you’re used to getting up at 5 a.m.”
Smith said the the 8,000 square feet patio, guitars hanging from the ceilings, posters of classic music superstars, lava lamps and vintage arcade games will make for a stellar night life experience.
“The vibe here is kind of like a Hard Rock Cafe, but from a local touch,” he explained. “I don’t think anything went unnoticed or overlooked when it comes to the design.”
People can flash back once again on the grand opening on April 12.
Chris Worth and Company performs April 12, Hubie Ashcraft on April 13, and Brother on April 14.
Flashback Live is open Thursday through Saturday. It’s open to families with all ages from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live bands take the stage at 7 p.m. The DJ takes over at 11 p.m.