Big Jack's Lounge is Third Street's upstairs hang where you can catch a game, host a special event, or check out local and touring musicians.
Big Jack's has been the place to be for holidays, big sporting events, and more great music than we can recollect right now.
Just some of the acts who have played Big Jack's are James Armstrong, Kelly Richey, Harmonica Shah, Billy Davis, Bobby G., The Good, The Bad and The Blues, Studebaker John, and Scott Ellison.
During the Covid-19 crisis, Big Jack's is not hosting live music. But on the back side of all this, watch for a new calendar of events right here.
You could be having just as much fun as these guys.
Big Jack's Lounge is open whenever the store is open, and you can enjoy a cigar and a drink even in our quietest hours.
But if you want to make it loud, you sure can. You can book Big Jack's for your own event.
To rent the lounge, complete this reservation form, and we'll be in touch with an estimate.
He gave us the blues and we loved him for it.
So we named the joint after him.
Big Jack’s Lounge is named for the late great Big Jack Reynolds, Toledo’s most prominent bluesman. Jack’s past remains mysterious to this day. We know he migrated to Detroit from somewhere down south after WWII and made a few of the hottest blues sides ever while he was in the Motor City, recording for Fortune Records and others.
By the late ‘60s, Jack had settled in Toledo, and became the face of the local blues scene, holding the title until he left us in 1993. Today, Third Street Cigar Records champions the music Jack recorded in Detroit and Toledo, even producing a documentary about our brand’s patron saint.
Climbing the Victorian staircase on the way up to his namesake venue, you’ll see our shrine to Jack: his guitar, harp, and urn. That’s right, Jack is with us in more than spirit.
Big Jack left us a wealth of stories and even more fantastic blues music. He remains a symbol of the rich history of music that’s part of the greater Toledo area, a mystery man with a blue holler in a heart of gold.