For one reason or another, the Mercy folks still want to keep info on The High Watt pretty close to the vest. But when asked directly for the scoop on the new stage, they offered us this statement:
At this juncture, the only two venues we have onsite are the Mercy Lounge and the Cannery Ballroom. Some of our upcoming shows at Mercy Lounge will take place on a second stage in the Mercy Lounge, which is being called The High Watt stage. We have begun to utilize this stage so that we can more effectively accommodate the wide range of acts that wish to perform at 1 Cannery Row. For anyone curious about the current arrangement, we recommend simply attending some of our upcoming events.
Now, if you look at Mercy Lounge's calendar page, you'll see that some shows have a lightning-bolt icon next to the listing rather than the typical Cannery or Mercy icons. These, I have deduced (by being told), are shows that will take place on The High Watt stage. One of the aforementioned shows is tonight's Craig Finn appearance. If you holler at us on Twitter, you can win a pair of guest spots to that. Other upcoming shows booked for The High Watt Stage are as follows:
Heypenny w/James Wallace and the Naked Light and Antennas Up (During Maps and Atlases' show at Mercy)
The Phantom Farmer, Brian Richie and The Brute Chorus (During Neon Indian's show at Mercy; here's the Facebook event page)
The Cave Singers (During The Boxer Rebellion at Mercy)