Newsmaker: Ziggy’s Jay Stephens

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Jay Stephens will open up the newer, bigger version of his legendary Ziggy's on July 29, bringing in those big acts once again.

The new venue will open up on North Trade Street on the north side of downtown Winston-Salem's Arts District. It started on Baity Street and was named after a bartender who worked there many years ago.

The old venue held 750 people, but the new digs can hold a total of 1,220 people.

Stephens bought the original Ziggy's after an automobile accident left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair during his senior year at Wake Forest University.

"With the settlement money from my accident through insurance, I was able to afford to buy Ziggy's, and that's how I started in 1990 with it," Stephens said.

Many artists are already booked for opening day. There will be 10 local artists and bands performing between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. with just a $10 cover.

Looking ahead, he has already booked bigger gigs from Shawn Colvin to Saving Abel. To look at a full schedule, go to

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