If you have not been to The Short Branch Saloon in Neenah in the last couple of years or so, be prepared to be very nicely surprised at what they’ve done to the place.
Walking in the front door, the bar still has the same rustic feel it has always had. Keep walking and the end of the bar opens into an area with a new, raised stage, an excellent house sound system and tables arrayed in a way that facilitates listening and viewing as well as leaving a very comfortable dance floor.
Continuing past the stage and heading outside, it opens up into a large big-tree-shaded lawn with eight picnic tables, an outdoor stage and a bar that can accommodate up to 200 hundred people comfortably.
If you are there on a Saturday or Sunday morning, you may notice that a lot of folks are drinking Bacon Bloody Mary’s.
If you are there any time, you cannot help but notice the strong commitment to becoming one of the premier music venues in the Fox Valley.
“Our goal at the Short Branch is to provide a great evening out for all of our customers,” said manager Jason Rothe. “We strive to provide many genres of local talent without a cover charge or overpriced drinks.”
“I’ve got to give a shout out to our owner, Lorrie Davis,” Rothe added, “for providing us with a great vision and the support to accomplish great things. Music is our number one priority and, not only are we committed to making The Short Branch a top music destination, we’d like to work with other venues to make Neenah a great music destination.”
Special events are coming up as well.
“One of the highlights to mark on your calendars is our annual corn roast, July 11th, with many great bands headlined by The Presidents all day and night. Also, make plans to be at our end of the summer luau in August that includes a pig roast and the limbo out in the backyard!”
Rothe emphasized that the changes and improvements are still coming.
“We plan on continuing with the current remodeling that many are seeing as well as adding a kitchen,” he said. “One of our objectives is to have a Friday fish fry that will accommodate our inside guests and outside in our spacious backyard!”
The Short Branch offers three different regular music “nights” each week, starting on Wednesdays with Classic Rock running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In July and August, Bobby Evans and Russ Reiser perform on alternate Wednesdays.
On Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Valley Unplugged series is offering A-Town Unplugged, Cool Waters and Christopher Gold.
The musically diverse Summer Showcase presents The Presidents on July 11, Consult The Briefcase on July 18 and Crankin’ Yankees on July 25. The August lineup includes Red Light Saints, Leading The Blind, Dead Horses, Miles Nielson and The Mustache.