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Shamrock Lounge

Bridge St. (Stood in the North Parking Lot of Gerald R. Ford Museum) Opened in 1957, owned by Bob “Sully” Sullivan. Sully would book bands from all parts of the country and was a first in Grand Rapids to host regular Rock Bands that would play all week long. Besides the Bands on stage, they had GoGo dancers that was an added flare for the crowd.

Bob "Sully" Sullivan

Pierson Smith managed the place for Sully, while Sully did most of the booking of Bands. Sullivan also had a Furniture and Carpet store across the Street from the Lounge on the North side of Bridge Street. Later on Bob and Jim “Blackie” Black bought a building on the S.W. side of the corner and added the Barvarian Inn. As they bought vacant neighboring buildings, they would tear down the walls and expand the bar.

Grand Rapids Press article on Pierson Smith the manager: pierson smith 11.6.68

 

 

Shamrock Bavarian Bridge St. View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Shamrock Lounge

  1. admin says:

    We just posted a couple of pictures of the Bavarian Inn and the Shanrock that we got from Sully and Blackie. Admin. Doug Taylor

  2. Doug Taylor says:

    Shamrock Reunion Spring/Summer of 2012, if your interested leave a message at WMMusicHystericalSociety@yahoo.com. If you have any comments, ideas, we are open for them. We’ve been working on this for over a year and a have great time planned for all, so spread the word of Shamrock’s up coming reunion.

    If you worked there, played in a band there, or just partied there, your all invited to the reunion.

    Date and Ticket information coming soon!!!

  3. admin says:

    Shamrock Reunion Spring/Summer of 2012, if your interested leave a message at WMMusicHystericalSociety@yahoo.com. If you have any comments, ideas, we are open for them. We’ve been working on this for over a year and a have great time planned for all, so spread the word of Shamrock’s up coming reunion.

    If you worked there, played in a band there, or just partied there, your all invited to the reunion.

  4. The Jaywalkers packed the place a few times. At the time I was playing Farfisa organ (right hand) and Fender-Rhodes Keyboard Bass (left hand) along with John Shaw on drums, Billy Ryan on guitar, and Larry Gadsby on sax. Pierson, Bob Sullivan, “Krooshjev”, John English are some of the names I remember.

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