Dick’s Jamboree plays first gig in new digs on Halloween

Dave Mathieson
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Dick’s Jamboree is making the move their new facility, bigger facility at Heartz Hall on Ratchford Street in Amherst. Helping move their sign to their new location is: (from left) Rubin Perry, Dick Bristol, Carol Bristol, Leroy Morris, Betty Bristol, Patsy Smith, John Hachey and Bill Bird.

AMHERST – A chain reaction created by the Victoria Street fire has bumped Dick’s Jamboree to a new location at the Heartz Hall in Amherst.

“The show must go on,” said Dick Bristol, who is the founder of Dick’s Jamboree.

The fire destroyed Dooly’s, which is now renovating in its new location, which was the former location of Dick’s Jamboree on the corner of Lansdowne Avenue and Victoria Street West.

“It was a good building,” said Bristol, who had used the building for the last year-and-a-half. “We liked it and the landlord was very good to us.

“But the new building is bigger. We should be able to hold another 50 to 75 people,” he added. “Before we had to turn people away and now we don’t have to turn them away.”

Heartz Hall is connected to Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in downtown Amherst on Ratchford Street. It happens to be right beside Amherst Town Hall, which is also presently in the process of moving to the old Dominion Building.

The house band will perform its first gig on Halloween and will continue to play every Wednesday night at Heartz Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

“The doors open at 6 p.m.,” said Bristol.




Organizations: United Church, Dominion Building

Geographic location: AMHERST, Victoria Street, Lansdowne Avenue Ratchford Street

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Recent comments

  • Jack On The Rocks
    October 30, 2012 - 09:43

    I'm surprised nobody is complaining about Doolys buying the building and Dick having to move...

    • Like a Puzzle
      October 30, 2012 - 13:34

      Or that nobody has suggested that Dick's, Dooly's, Tantramar theatre, the police and fire departments, Town hall, and maybe even the skateboard park, all be combined and housed in one super-structure built on the site of the downtown fire. Think of the savings!!

  • Bob Kellegrew
    October 30, 2012 - 06:26

    Hooray for Carol and Dick Bristol who hve started an Instution. Both are fine examples of Leadership in this town of amherst , which is slowly getting the name as a Bricks & Mortar town.

  • bill
    October 29, 2012 - 21:25

    you would think all the good things dick has done in that town and other areas that some people would hold a auction or something to raise money to build him a building he has did alot for people in that town now it's time some people return the favor it;s an ongoing thing that people need to be thankful for god bless you dick and you will be treasure for the things youve have done