December 17, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Piano bar returns to Grand Central
Grand Central, gay bar, car crash, accident, damage, gay news, Washington Blade, Baltimore, Maryland

Grand Central on the night that a car wrecked into the popular Baltimore venue. (Photo by Rusel Marcum)

Immediately following a multi-vehicle accident in September that sent white paint splattering onto the exterior of Grand Central and damaged the front entrance, owner Don Davis used the opportunity to make extensive renovations to the bar. One of the changes was to install a piano bar on the street-level pub side, which made its debut on Dec. 18.

Grand Central, one of the region’s most popular clubs and a fixture in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, had been without a piano bar for 10 years. When it existed, it was located on an upper level that now houses the Sappho’s bar. Davis said that following the death of his pianist Carl Barnwell in 2003, there was a succession of pianists who were “not so good, and it was not the same.”

Now he feels the time and the new pianist are right. “After all the years of not having a piano, I am real excited to have the piano in the pub,” Davis told the Blade.  “And we are so lucky to have a friend and excellent pianist and entertainer to perform here at Grand Central, Matthew Kenworthy.”

Kenworthy, a self-taught pianist and vocalist from Richwood, NJ, is no stranger to Baltimore as he performed at Jay’s on Read and other venues. He has also appeared in New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Chicago, D.C., Rehoboth Beach, and just completed a two-year stint at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City.

Kenworthy performs a broad range of music that caters to a more diverse and demanding audience. He performs selections from nearly any genre from rock ‘n’ roll to Broadway, jazz, pop, and, of course, the standards.

“I am more than excited to return to Baltimore’s music scene,” said Kenworthy. “In 16 years of performing, I never had a more warm, supportive, and caring audience as I have in this city.”

The piano bar entertainment will be featured Wednesdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. to midnight.

Grand Central is located at 1001 N. Charles St. For more information, call 410-752-7133 or visit centralstationpub.com.

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