As Curbed Detroit reported yesterday — and we mentioned a few weeks back when the first reaction stories surrounding the latest 'set in Detroit' television drama started to circle — downtown dive bar The Baltimore is on the verge of newfound popularity and local love with next Sunday's premiere of Low Winter Sun.
The AMC cop drama includes a main female character who owns a bar downtown, and that bar's backdrop just happens to be The Baltimore. Maybe the Baltimore owners read the Curbed post, or maybe they are extra savvy, but they are hosting a blues-soaked Sunday premiere-watching party so as to make sure everyone is able to properly draw that show-to-bar connection.
The five-hour-plus party starts at 6 p.m. and features live blues from Detroit-based guitarist Jeff Maylin, starting at 8 p.m.
The Baltiomre won't be showing the episode earlier than those of you viewing at home, which means Maylin will probably be laying down his bluesy law for at least twoish hours. That's just what it takes to be an insider at a bar like the Baltimore.
We are still fascinated by the concept of a bar suddenly becoming buzzy because of its prime location in a potentially-great new drama (and all signs say it's a pretty good show, all things considered), so the Sunday showdown may be the first of many moments in the bar's march to modern relevance.
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