The venue reopens Thursday night with a free housewarming show by Pop Rox, followed by a paid performance by Zomboy and on Saturday will feature a metal show headlined by Whitechapel and Devil Driver.
"I started out there in marketing and became the talent buyer," says Coakley from his office on the property. "I really became passionate about booking. It was exciting to make offers (financial bids for artists to perform) and putting shows together was like putting together a puzzle."
When the International building first opened as a music venue at the dawn of the 1990s, it was called The Orpheus. In later years it was known as the
"There are three different properties here with three different addresses," says Coakley. "The landlord has one-lotted the property, so now all of it is called 940 Blackstock. If you put it in GPS it will take you here."
When the owners of The Valarium called it quits and it became Blackstock, Coakly had to find a new home for his successful Midnight Voyage electronic dance nights. The events became a fixture at NV in the Old City, but will now move to The International.
Coakley says he'd stayed in touch with the landlord for building and when Blackstock folded, he got a call.
The new owners -- which includes Coakley, who concentrates on booking, and
Coakley says he hopes to book a wider variety of artists in the hall than it's seen in the past.
"We want to step it up with a level of diversity," says Coakley. "We're going to explore seated options, because that will give us the ability to do some different shows. We can't compete with the
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