There were a lot of sad faces in the Triad in early 2016 when Ziggy’s – the wildly fun and storied music venue in Winston-Salem – closed its doors.

Now, however, there’s reason for those same faces to smile because the people who brought you Ziggy’s are bringing the music to downtown High Point.

Ziggy’s, a live music and events promotion company, is teaming up with the High Point’s downtown Stock and Grain Food Hall to bring music to the downtown.

Stock and Grain, which is right next to High Point’s downtown baseball stadium, contains about 12,000 square-feet of restaurants and carry-out food vendors.

The new project, which will kick off in April, will be called Ziggy’s Stages at Stock and Grain and there will be two stages – an indoor stage where musical acts will entertain the folks at Bevelry Bar and outdoor stage for people at the Cahoots Bar, which overlooks Truist Point Stadium.

The stadium was built in 2018 and 2019 in order to bring new energy and more people to High Point’s struggling downtown – so city officials are pleased that a well-known name like Ziggy’s is bringing music there.

Ziggy’s concert promotion and venue management company was started by Jay Stephens in 1989 in Winston-Salem and now the company puts on a wide variety of local, regional and national musical acts.

The original Ziggy’s venue in Winston-Salem was purchased in 1989 from a group of Stephens’ fraternity brothers at Wake Forest University.  In the following years, the company opened more clubs in North Carolina and Virginia.

Both Stephens and Brian Rogers, co-owner of Stock and Grain, wanted to support the continued growth in what’s known as the “Catalyst District” of High Point.

Stephens said the musical acts should mesh well with the other nightlife that is now thriving in that district.

He said the stages “will capture the excitement of the fans attending the High Point Rockers and soon the Carolina Core FC with both pre- and post-game entertainment,” and he added that it will give music fans the opportunity to enjoy Stock and Grain’s drinks and food.

Rogers said that it’s very exciting to see the number of small businesses popping up in the district that has a lot of new life in recent years.

“We all recognize we are part of a larger effort to revitalize downtown High Point,” Rogers said.

Ziggy’s Stages plans to offer music on Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  All shows will be for all ages and be family friendly.  Some will be free while others will have cover charges ranging from $5 to $20.

The first act will be James Vincent Carroll, who’ll perform at the Kick Off Party on April 11.  Other acts performing in April include Eternally Grateful, Hunter McBride and Zack Brock & Good Intentions.