The Rave/Eagles Club

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The Rave/Eagles Club (formerly known as the Eagles Club and Central Park Athletic Club and Entertainment Center or commonly Central Park Ballroom) is a concert venue and landmark in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The building is divided into six venues, making it theoretically possible to have six different acts playing at the same time.

The Eagles Ballroom

The Eagles Ballroom is the building's showpiece, featuring a 25000 sqft oval wooden dancefloor, originally installed when the building was constructed, in addition to a large, old-fashioned domed ceiling and a stage on one side. Originally a ballroom, it has hosted everything from boxing matches to concerts to ethnic dances. There is a second floor, with a row of balconies around the oval, from one side of the stage to the other.

You may have seen the ballroom in music videos like "When You Look Me in the Eyes" by the Jonas Brothers or "Close Yet Far" by CKY. It is also in concert DVDs for All Time Low and Jason Mraz.

The Rave Eagles Grand Ballroom currently hosts Milwaukee based combat sports promotions North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) MMA & Knockout Kings Kickboxing.

The Rave Hall

The Rave Hall on the main level is a large concert-style venue, second in size only to the Eagles Ballroom above it. Most national touring artists that visit Milwaukee have played here, including John Mayer, Sevendust, GWAR, Regina Spektor, moe., Tiësto, Seaway, Chiodos and Bob Weir.

The Eagles Hall

The Eagles Hall, previously called the Basement, (or the Underground) is a Miami-style venue built in the basement of the building. Featuring a unique hardwood floor, it is often rented by members of the public for wedding receptions. It has hosted acts like the Buzzcocks, Owl City, Muse, Nickelback, Boys Like Girls, Fugazi, 3 Doors Down, Gov't Mule, and Third Eye Blind.

The Rave Bar

The Rave Bar is a small intimate club. Numerous acts have made their Wisconsin debut here, including Dave Matthews Band, Nirvana, Les Claypool, The Features, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Blink-182, Creed, Pearl Jam, Red Is The Sea, Cody Hansen, Unlimited Production Music-UPM (featuring: Ewill, Rob, Killah and Prod) and Tantric.

The Rave Vibe Room

The Rave Vibe Room was designed to feature up and coming bands, similar to The Rave Bar, while also catering to DJ's.

The Penthouse Lounge

On the concierge level (2nd level) and comfortably holds a group of 200 or so with a full bar, table seating, and an optional stage. Notable events include the Trevin SkyDiving incident.

History

The Milwaukee Eagles' Aerie #137 was formed in 1901 by a group of actors, theater managers, and other stage men. It was the first Eagles lodge in the state. They met in a headquarters on Second Street until it burned, when they moved to 6th St. The aerie grew quickly and by 1925 was the second-largest Eagles chapter in the U.S.

The chapter broke ground on their new clubhouse in 1925. Designed by Russel Barr Williamson, the five-story building is done in a Mediterranean Revival Style complete with stone walls and three round-topped recessed windows above the front entrance. It also has a tile-covered roof that is also typical of the Mediterranean Revival Style.

Since 1926, the Eagles Club has played many roles. It served as the house of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, who still maintain an influence on American culture today. Though you may not have heard of the group, you've definitely felt their influence. They were the driving force behind the foundation of Mother's Day, national Social Security and eliminating age discrimination in the workplace. The Order has produced a number of presidents including Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Cover image by Noise Wire is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Information courtesy of Wikipedia.

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