Local musicians will soon have a new spot to perform starting this month. Takoma Park restaurant Republic will roll out its new music program with a special benefit show this Sunday, featuring Nirvana’s former bassist Krist Novoselic. The New Yorker writer Hendrik Hertzberg and Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin will also be in attendance to help raise money for FairVote, an election reform advocacy organization chaired by Novoselic.
Catherine Rytkonen, who previously worked with 9:30 Club, will be in charge of programming Republic’s music slate. Every second and fourth Sunday of each month will be dedicated to open mic nights, while every first and third Sunday will be an ‘artist spotlight’ from the previous week’s open mic. Monday nights will be designated for blues music, while Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be reserved for live concerts.
In addition to the music, patrons can also feast on the new late night menu that head chef and partner of Republic Danny Wells and bar manager Brett Robison have concocted. The menu will have a wide variety of comfort food items like the restaurant’s signature Smith Meadows burger on a pretzel bun, slow braised lamb empanadas and more tasty dishes. Republic also introduces a slew of new cocktails to its expanded menu like the Ring of Fire, which pays homage to Johnny Cash.
Republic’s FairVote event with Novoselic will take place on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. The venue is located at 6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912