I’ve seen rumblings about this place on Facebook, but today, the official press release showed up: The Marilyn is a new bar, lounge and live-music venue at 415 N.E. Third Street, located a block south of Franklin Avenue behind Kayo’s Dinner House.
The Marilyn used to be Kayo’s Lounge and is connected to the dinner house; access is through the main restaurant’s lobby or the back entrance. Its name is derived from the Marilyn Monroe/1950s theme, and it’s owned by Kayo Oakley, though Ryan Huffman — a local marketing/branding/design guy who has been heavily involved in the local music scene in recent months — is handling event booking for both the bar and a banquet hall downstairs.
Here’s The Marilyn’s current lineup, which can be found at its Facebook page:
Friday — The JZ Band, Anastacia, stand-up comedian Mark Vaughn
Saturday — Franchot Tone
Feb. 4 — JoAnna Lee
Feb. 5 — Two/Thirds Trio
Feb. 12 — Brian Hinderberger
Feb. 14 — The Quons
All shows are from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and they’re free. Huffman said there are no current plans to charge a cover.
Huffman’s “immediate focus” is on Saturday nights and booking the “best artists in town,” plus mixing in stand-up comedy on occasion, he said. Live music will also happen on Friday nights and other nights throughout the week “but on a random basis for the time being,” Huffman said.
The Marilyn could also host out-of-town performers, depending on how things go, Huffman said. The Marilyn can comfortably accommodate bands of three or fewer, but the downstairs hall (which has yet to be named) holds a full bar, dance floor, fireplace and space for 200 to 250 people, and that’s where Huffman could book quartets, quintets and beyond, he said.
As for food and drinks, both are provided in-house by Kayo’s. The Facebook page touts happy hour drinks priced at $2 to $4 and food at $3 to $5. The Marilyn also has an ongoing deal that every 13th drink poured is on the house. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 4-11 p.m.
If you want to book a show or event at The Marilyn, get in touch with Huffman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770.354.9075.
Photo courtesy The Marilyn’s Facebook page.