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New event center to bring music to downtown Scottsbluff

August 19, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — An entrepreneur in western Nebraska is turning a long-vacant downtown building into an event center.

Shots Bar and Grill Owner Chad Leeling told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald that he wanted to bring country and rock bands back to downtown Scottsbluff. The new Dark Horse event center will feature live music three nights a week, Leeling said.

“There’s nothing going on entertainment-wise during the winter months,” he said. “Now, we can schedule bands year-round for music and dancing.”

Leeling plans to offer discounted rates for residents to use the space as a reception area for weddings, reunions, graduation parties and other special events.

“I’m offering that service so people can afford it and not have to pay $3,000-$4,000 for some of the other events centers,” Leeling said. “I’ll charge about $500 to make it affordable.”

Dark Horse will also hold free country dance lessons once a week in the new 10,000-square-foot (930-square-meter) space.

Leeling plans to fill the space with pool tables, dart boards, foosball, basketball games and more.

“A lot of people who tell me they never get out have said they’re excited to hear country and rock bands that we no longer have here on a regular basis,” he said.

Construction could be complete in a month, according to Leeling. Dark Horse still needs to pass inspections and be approved for a liquor licensing before the venue can open.

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Information from: Star-Herald, http://www.starherald.com

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