New events venue with dining business to open on Madison’s east side in 2023

The Atwood Music Hall will host performing arts, events and weddings, along with offering a restaurant concept from the owners of Ahan.
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The owners of The Bur Oak and concert promotion company T Presents announced Tuesday that they will be opening a new performing arts and event venue at 1925 Winnebago St. in 2023.

The space, which will be named The Atwood Music Hall, will host performing arts, events and weddings, while also offering a community space. According to a release, the space will focus on “tackling racial and socioeconomic inequality in the arts.”

“It was important to us to have a room that could both serve larger touring artists or local bands on one night but also be an inviting and intimate space for a neighborhood gathering the next,” says partner Toffer Christensen.

It is also creating a Students of Live program — which will introduce students to live music, industry professionals and the music industry — to run in conjunction with The Goodman Community Center’s Lussier LOFT.

In addition to hosting events and concerts, The Atwood Music Hall will also have a Southeast Asian food and boba tea shop operated by the owners of Ahan Madison, who have a space within The Bur Oak.

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The Atwood Music Hall will be in a building that was built in 1931 for the Madison Gospel Tabernacle. It remains one of the few buildings in the Midwest with a lamella roof structure, and in redesigning the space, the owners plan to pay homage to the Art Deco style of the era the building originated in.


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“The building design that my partner Jake DeHaven has put together is a really thoughtful concept in both detail and function that maximizes the room’s flexibility and accessibility,” Christensen says. “We are both very excited to bring this project to life and continue contributing to the vibrant growth of the Schenk Atwood neighborhood.”

The space will have permanent fixed booth seating and a tiered seated balcony that will accommodate 700 people during standing room shows and 350 during fully seated shows.

The Atwood Music Hall will open in 2023.

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