EAV music venue to reopen as bar featuring live music.
The Echo Lounge-turned-Icehouse is going through its third live music iteration. "Asylum" is the name for the new venue at 543 Flat Shoals Ave. Though the signs are up, the interior is still being put together. When East Atlanta Patch went to inquire about Asylum on Friday we were told the owner would be on the premises April 28 to get more info about the concept. The site is best known as the Echo Lounge, live music venue that featured national indie acts and local- and Athens-based up-and-comers. After the Echo Lounge closed following some entanglements with the city, it reopened as the Icehouse. But the Icehouse's days were short-lived and it shuttered several months later.
Former bar and restaurant was a staple in Atlanta's live music scene.
The former East Atlanta Icehouse holds a special place for me in terms of special connections. The old music venue at 543 Flat Shoals Ave. — better known to longtime Atlantans as the former Echo Lounge — is the reason I discovered East Atlanta. It sparked my interest in the neighborhood that had a Brooklyn hipster vibe and eventually led me to buying a home in the EAV. My first foray to EAV was with some friends who were really into the Empire State, a band from Athens. I didn't care for Empire State but I really liked the Echo Lounge and neighborhood I've called home for nearly 11 years. In that time, I seen some great bands such as Calexico, some funny entertainers like El Vez and some interesting events such as the Pucking Fuppet Show …