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Shamrock Lounge

286 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

 

Jaywalkers at the Shamrock

Shamrock Bavarian Bridge St. View

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sullivans on Bridge across from Ali-baba-hob-nobin Park early 80s

Sullivans on Bridge across from Ali-baba-hob-nobin Park early 80s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ronnie Fray & Lin from the Common People at the Shamrock
Ronnie Fray & Lin from the Common People at the Shamrock
Mr. Mickey Stanley and Mr. Bob Sullivan
Mr. Mickey Stanley and Mr. Bob Sullivan
Bob Sullivan March 1960 GR Times
Bob Sullivan March 1960 GR Times
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Jaywalkers-at-the-Shamrock-2-improved.jpg
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Bob-Sullivan-Bavarian-Inn-300x270.jpg
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Shamrock.Bavarian.Bridge-St.-view1-300x237.jpg
Shamrock Lounge Side Door
Shamrock Lounge Side Door
Bob Sullivan 1941 St. Mary's School
Bob Sullivan 1941 St. Mary's School
Riverview Furniture Store across from the Shamrock
Riverview Furniture Store across from the Shamrock
Sullivans on Bridge across from Ali-baba-hob-nobin Park early 80s.
Sullivans on Bridge across from Ali-baba-hob-nobin Park early 80s.
Samrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert Poster
Samrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert Poster
Shamrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert T-Shirts
Shamrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert T-Shirts
Kingtones Ad at the Shamrock
Kingtones Ad at the Shamrock
Lin and Common People at Shamrock Ad
Lin and Common People at Shamrock Ad
Shamrock Ad - Bobby Bond Trio.jpg
Shamrock Ad - Bobby Bond Trio.jpg
Pete Mervenne and the Kingtones Shamrock Ad
Pete Mervenne and the Kingtones Shamrock Ad
Kingtones Ad - Shamrock St. Patrick's Day
Kingtones Ad - Shamrock St. Patrick's Day
Rhodes Brothers - Shamrock Lounge Ad November 1963
Rhodes Brothers - Shamrock Lounge Ad November 1963

 

Bob Sullivan – March 1960 GR Times

Bob Sullivan in Center 1941 St. Mary's School

Bob Sullivan in Center 1941 St. Mary’s School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamrock Lounge Side Door – Courtesy Ronnie Fray

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shamrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert Poster

Shamrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert Poster

 

Shamrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert T-Shirts - Green or Pink

Shamrock/Bavarian Reunion Concert T-Shirts – Green or Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Show Band that Bob Sullivan booked at the Shamrock:

Rhodes Brothers - Shamrock Lounge Ad November 1963

Rhodes Brothers – Shamrock Lounge Ad November 1963

The Plain Brown Wrappers – Shamrock Ad 1967

 

 

 

6 Responses to Shamrock Lounge

  1. Doug Taylor says:

    Bob “Sully” Sullivan
    Presents the first
    Shamrock/Bavarian Reunion
    All-Star Concert
    Saturday/Sunday
    June 15th, 16th, 2013
    Continuous Live Bands Noon-7:00pm
    At The Riverfront Hotel
    “On the Patio”
    Ann Street/Grand River
    MASTERS OF CEREMONIES:
    BIG AL VANDETTI Saturday – KEITH SECCOMBE Sunday
    Sound Support by: Ian Kettle
    Video Production: Dan Salas
    ONE DAY $10 ONE DAY ADVANCE $7 TWO DAY ADVANCE $1
    Get There Early – No Reserve Seating
    Riverfront Hotel 270 Ann Street NW
    Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 1-866-925-9750
    Commemorative T-Shirts & Videos will be Available

    Saturday:

    (Noon) The Quests (Bob Fritzen, Lyle Hotchkiss, Bob Dengate, Ron Sieracki, Randy Sieracki)
    (1:00pm) Denny Gramza’s Extravagramza (Denny, Jay Fortier, Tom Geluso)
    (2:00pm) Blues 101 (Keith Mullins, Marc Kozak, Johnny Boggs, Richard Johnson)
    (3:00pm) Harry Lucas and the Lowdowns (Harry Lucas, Donald Hooker, Jeff Beavan, John Hunt)
    (4:00pm) Big Organ (Chris Moberley – Hammond B3, Rick Hicks – Guitar, Randy Marsh – Drums)
    (5:00pm) Original John Brown Trio (John Brown, Al “Big Al” Vandetti, Pat Sage with Special Guest Drummer Greg Stankus
    (6:00pm) All-Star Band (Ronnie Fray, Bob Reilly, Jerry Davis, Randy Marsh)

    Sunday:

    (Noon) The Sixth Generation (Niles, Mi.) (Fred Bachman, Paul “General” Davies, Ron Hamrick, Fred Hulce, Dave Walenga)
    (1:00pm) Mona Sallie and the Sounds of the Motor City – Featuring John Hamilton, Derrick Hayes and Kristi Sallie
    (2:00pm) 13th Hour (Mark Swanson, Ken Bierschbach, Jay Round, Tommy Davis)
    (3:00pm) FreeHand (Lin’ “Nowicki” Otherlyn, Ron Beatty, Warren Beatty)
    (4:00pm) Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys (Delilah, Lee Harvey, D.J. McCoy) (Rockabilly)
    (5:00pm) The Moonrays (Fitz Green, Michael II, Bud Chrysler, Jim Braun) (Surf – Instrumental)
    (6:00pm) All-Star Band (Ronnie Fray, Bob Reilly, Jerry Davis, Richard Johnson, Tommy Davis)

    CONTACT: Doug Taylor WMMusicHystericalSociety@yahoo.com

  2. Steven Wahl says:

    I think a retro party saluteing the Bavavian Inn & Shamrock would be great. The great times spent there back in the 70’s are memories no WestSider will never forget. The great bands that played these places were fabulous as well. Please think seriously about bringing back a blast from the past. I’m sure people would be lined up for blocks to attend such an event !!!

    • Doug Taylor says:

      Steve, I’ve been going to do this for a number of years now, but it now has Sully’s blessing you might say, so we really need in-put/thoughts from everybody, not just likes from the like button, that just tells me you’ve read this. Diane from Make Believes use to work with me and my brother Fred at the Shamrock and she’s been bugging me for years to do a reunion with her. I also need a list of bands that played at both the Shamrock and Bavarian Inn. I only was in the Bavarian a couple of times. I need to see the bands that played there to see who available to play, if possible. But just hearing from people hopefully will give me a direction to go in. Doug Taylor

  3. Doug Taylor says:

    Shamrock Reunion Spring/Summer of 2013, 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. admin says:

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

  5. 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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