A Friday night crowd moves to the music at the former Vaudeville Cabaret downtown. The space is being transformed into a new club, Voodoo Jack's, that's expected to open by the end of September.

A new downtown lounge with a focus on local jazz and blues and "life-changing" fries is in the works for the space that formerly housed Vaudeville Cabaret on East Congress Street.

The new club, Voodoo Jack's, is expected to open in the space at 110 E. Congress St. by the end of September, said John Jacobs, a partner in the group Congress Street Clubs, which is also behind Zen Rock and Sapphire Lounge.

Muralist Joe Pagac, known for his works outside the Rialto Theatre and Bookmans, is working on art and decor for the new lounge, Jacobs said.

The club will also feature live music Wednesdays through Saturdays with KXCI helping with the lineups, Jacobs said.

"We partnered with KXCI to identify the ... local music that would be in demand," Jacobs said.

Light fare including goose fat French fries that Jacobs calls "life changing" will be served at the club.

The group has plans to eventually expand into the space next door that used to be Grill and Red Room and possibly open a restaurant or a different bar, Jacobs said.

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