Next week, Joe Bryl’s Braziliance party at Sonotheque celebrates its three-year anniversary and also serves as a (somewhat) going-away shindig for the club’s co-owner. “This will be my last involvement with Braziliance,” Bryl says. “We’ve been lucky enough to bring a lot of Brazil’s talent here.” Bryl says he will remain as co-owner of the club along with Donnie Madia and Terry Alexander, and is still involved in the daytime activities, but his role will be much more limited while he focuses on a new project at the Charleston, located at 2076 North Hoyne. “The musical climate at Charleston will be more intimate. I’ll be collaborating with some DJs as well as record collectors. We’re preserving the historic space while adding a new sound system, but it’s basically going to be a bar.” Bryl will serve as Charleston’s manager and music director and his decision to focus on the new bar—not necessarily known for its music programming—was to be able to work in a more intimate setting and play material that doesn’t fit into Sonotheque’s “dance aesthetic.” Bryl says that Charleston’s owner, Jeremy Lewin, whom he’s known for years, first approached Bryl about the possibility a few months ago. Citing his passion for historic bars, Bryl says, “Old bars are still in existence, but they’re getting rarer and rarer just because of the way culture is evolving, or devolving.” Bryl says he’ll continue with his normal booking duties at Sonotheque as well—alongside Empty Bottle’s Pete Toalson—so no official “replacement” will be appointed. Bryl also says that an offer has been made to purchase Sonotheque but as of now nothing has progressed further.
Admission to Braziliance at Sonetheque on November 5 is free before 10pm, and $5 after.