Best Music in Area: Ace's Ale House

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From Staff Reports

Monday, December 4, 2017

Though Ace’s Ale House has been open only a few months, it is already attracting great musicians from across the state with its intimate vibe and great atmosphere.

Voted Best Music in the Area by readers of Carolina Brew Scene magazine, Ace’s Ale House is located at 3710 Peppermill Drive Suite B in Wilson and only offers seating for about 37 customers. However, co-owner Stephen Davis said this small venue feel is just what makes the music special.

“Some musicians prefer to play in intimate venues like this because they get a better connection with the audience,” Davis said. “Some of them actually like to preview their material here so they can gauge audience reaction.”

The audience seems to like the setting, too, Davis said.

“People love feeling that they have exclusive access,” Davis said. “However, I suggest people come early. Music starts at 7 and we operate on a first come-first served basis.”

Davis said they seek some acts out for themselves and book others that call them. However, word about the place has spread through social media and advertising in Carolina Brew Scene magazine. Aces Ale House, which opened in April, already has acts booked up for Fridays and Saturdays until January.

“I am a music lover. I know bands and I know how people react to them. We have had great acts here from the beginning, but word has spread and we are attracting some great performers who are contacting us,” Davis said. “Faith Bardill recently called us and asked to perform.”

Bardill, who is from Sanford, is the 2016 Carolina Music Awards Country Female Artist of the Year and the 2015 Carolina Music Awards Teen Artist of the Year.

Davis said Ace’s Ale House offers a wide variety of entertainment including county, classic rock, Southern rock, bluegrass and hits from past decades. However, the acts that have gotten the biggest reaction so far include Still Standing, Take Cover, Matty Begs, The Balter Brothers and local talent Chet Nichols and Mike Hart.

Davis said he feels there is a strong correlation between craft beer drinkers and live music.

“Craft beer drinkers are willing to travel to experience new brews and they are often exposed to a lot of new music in the process. Here they get both,” Davis said.