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Submitted by Brandon Taylor on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:05pm.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A new music venue opens at an address that was a trouble spot downtown. Ziggy's by the Sea has only been open for a few weeks, but they hope to bring more music lovers downtown. Downtown Wilmington has seen its fair share of bars and clubs over the years, but if you like rock, reggae or heavy metal, Ziggy's, at 208 Market Street, might be the spot for you. "It's like a whirlwind. It's only been three weeks since we signed the lease," said Dave Owen. Ziggy’s by the Sea maybe new to the Port City, but isn't new to the Tar Heel State. Ziggy’s originated in Winston-Salem, but after 25 years they have decided to expand their operations. "It's beautiful here. It’s a fantastic city and we’re right here by the river," Owen said. Over the years Ziggy's has hosted some big names in the music industry, including Hootie and the Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band. Owners say things maybe slow right now but they hope that Ziggy's will create a buzz to draw people downtown. The music venue is permitted for 750 people and is estimated to be the largest live music venue in downtown.

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