Throwback Thursday: Brassy’s Night Club
By Space Coast Daily // July 18, 2013
WAS AMONG BREVARD COUNTY'S MOST POPULAR CONCERT VENUES DURING THE 1980'S
ABOVE VIDEO: A promo video of Bachmann Turner Overdrive – one of many iconic 70’s and 80’s rock bands that played at Brassy’s Night Club in Cocoa Beach.
From 1979 to 1987, legends of classic rock graced a former grocery store in Cocoa Beach. Brassy’s Night Club in Cocoa Beach touted one of the top nightlife hotspots for the Space Coast’s youth.
Teens and college-aged youth throughout central Florida flocked to Brassy’s to see a variety of events, from boxing matches to rock concerts featuring chart-topping performers ranging from Blue Oyster Cult, Hank Williams to Greg Allman, Bachmann Turner Overdrive, Joe Cocker, the Romantics, Joan Jett, Stevie Ray Vaughn, the Winter Brothers and Three-Dog Night and others.
Brassy’s was located in the area that is now home to the Cocoa Beach Public Library and post office. The original building was home to a grocery store and was owned by Alan Hemenway and his family. During an interview with the Orlando Sentinel in 1986, Hemenway said the club was spending up to $150,000 a year on the name bands, but made up to $1.5 million a year.
CITY PLANNED TO CONVERT ORIGINAL BUILDING INTO A TERRORIST REHAB CENTER
In 1994, the Orlando Sentinel reported an interesting conversion for the building that was originally home to Brassy’s.
“Brevard commissioners reportedly are ready to buy the former Brassy’s nightclub building in Cocoa Beach. But not for a library, as you might have heard. The federal government is going to lease it from the county and plans to turn it into a halfway house for rehabilitated terrorists. Which should provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the beachside economy.”
– Orlando Sentinel, April 1, 1994
NOTABLE CONCERT DATES ACCORDING TO SONGKICK.COM
• Blue Oyster Cult – February 5, 1989 and July 21, 1988
• Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – January 23, 1987
• 10,000 Maniacs – March 27, 1986
• The Blasters – March 13, 1986
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