Music, Food and Brews in Brevard's Backyard

The Nighthawks

Friday, May 17
Doors: 3pm // Show: 8pm
$12 to $20
The Nighthawks was an idea in Mark Wenner’s brain long before he was able to
implement it. The musical product of pre-1958 radio in Washington, D.C., he did not
know there were rules against mixing blues, R&B, honky-tonk country, doo-wop, gospel
and rockabilly into one delicious stew.

In 1972, Mark, then 23, returned to his hometown after a New York City band
apprenticeship, eager to start a real, work-every-night band based on American roots
music. He found a receptive local scene. Washington has long been a musical melting-
pot of the kind that made Memphis the source point for the evolution of American music
in the second half of the 20 th Century. It just never had a Stax or Sun record label to tell
the world. As the city exploded with an influx of people from all the surrounding states
during the Great Depression and World War II, Washington became a hotbed of musical
cross-fertilization. When Bill Haley first brought his wacky Pennsylvania mix of hillbilly
music and rhythm and blues to D.C. in 1952, people got it. And white kids like Mark
found the Howard Theater – now recently restored and part of the historic top tier of the
Chitlin’ Circuit that included Baltimore’s Royal, Chicago’s Regal and New York’s Apollo
– just a 25-cent bus ride away from the suburbs.


Venue and ticketing information:

We are family friendly, but shows are 21+ unless accompanied by a guardian.  

For this show you have the option of purchasing a table or a general admission ticket.  

When purchasing a table you are purchasing the number of tickets that the tables seats.  For example if you purchase a 4-top table you are purchasing 4 tickets 

General admission tickets gain you access to the rear of the venue, behind the seated sections as well as the backyard.  There are tables in both areas that are available on a first come, first served basis.  
There is a garage door behind the stage that remains open in good weather so that you can enjoy the show from inside or outside.

For more information visit our FAQ page or reach out to us directly.

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