Cash O'Riley and company play out their set on the stage at BeMo's

Photos by Jamie Griffin
Article by Nick Starr

In the past few years, BeMo's Bar has been making a name for itself through its live music offerings. Located at 709 South Madison Avenue in Bay City, BeMo's is home to live music six nights a week. "We wanted a place where people could come and play original music," says Luann Erwin, who purchased the bar with her husband Rob in July of 2007.

When first starting out, they featured just one band or solo artist a week who would do shows on both Friday and Saturday nights. In the past three years they have made several improvements and now play host to six different musical acts every Tuesday through Sunday. Some highlights include the annual New Year’s Hangover Party and as of this year they became the location for Shramboree, an annual fundraiser that benefits a different non-profit organization each year. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed as they have now been named “Best Rock Club” two years running (2009 and 2010) at Review Magazine's annual Review Music Awards. This year as an added bonus employee Cassandra “Cass” Johnson was named “Best Bartender."

As they continue to grow, certain challenges are still faced. There is the hustle and bustle of Midland Street on the other side of town which is home to many competitors. There are also a bevy of summertime activities and events throughout the Bay City area. In spite of these obstacles, Rob and Luann continue to make plans for the future. “We still have goals. We would like to expand and open up the second floor, start serving food, and fix the parking lot so we'd be able to host parties and concerts outside,” says Luann (or Lu as she is affectionately referred to by the regulars).

As they look forward Luann wants people to know that she feels “music is universal. It has the ability to take you to a different place.”  She adds, “I love it when people want to play here and it is my honor to have them. I can not thank them enough." After sitting down and having a conversation with The Erwin’s or experiencing a night of great live music at BeMo’s (better yet both!) it is easy to see that Rob and Luann are in business for all the right reasons.

BeMo’s Bar is located at 709 S. Madison Ave. in Bay City. They are open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 2:30 am, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2:30 am. For more information, call 989.893.7071 or visit their facebook page here.

© Nick Starr, 2010