Butch Weaver, owner of north Atlanta saloon Charley Magruder’s during its late ’80s/early ’90s heyday as the city’s hard rock/hair metal social headquarters, died on Friday, March 9th after being hospitalized in February with an unidentified infection.
After acquiring the business in the 1970s, Weaver began booking local hard rock bands and by the mid ‘80s Magruder’s had been established as a buzzing hangout for denim-and-leather (and sometimes spandex) clad local rockers looking for a good time. Bands that frequented the Magruder’s stage included Illusion (featuring Mother’s Finest guitarist Moses Mo), PG-13 (featuring a pre-Jackyl Jesse Dupree), Bareback, Autograph and the Hellhounds. Charley Magruder’s closed its doors in the mid 1990s after the shopping center was sold.
A celebration of Weaver’s life and the legacy of Charley Magruder’s will be held on Sunday, April 1st at Atlanta’s Center Stage Theater. Local radio personality Kaedy Kiely will host, with performances by The Blonz, The Swinging Richards, Shyanne and many more. Doors open at 5 p.m., and admission is free.