With its current trouble-spot location becoming too troublesome, Wilebski’s Blues Saloon is moving a couple miles away to a new location that has its own history of problems: The home of the former Club Cancun, at 1638 Rice St. in St. Paul. Founder Ted Wilebski said he plans to open the new venue by Aug. 13. In the meantime, he is moving this weekend’s pair of shows with California blueswoman Laurie Morvan to Valentino’s, 200 Concord Exchange N., South St. Paul (9 p.m. Fri. and Sat., $10). He made the decision to move even before Wednesday’s public hearing over the liquor license at the bar’s Frogtown location, where it was a hot spot in the ’80s and reopened this year amid growing neighborhood concerns for its downstairs neighbor, the Moonlight Magic Bar. “There was just too much uncertainty there,” he said.
As at the old Blues Saloon, Wilebski said he will operate the new place using the building owner’s current liquor license. Wilebski said he is not worried about the problems that precede him there, which included several violent incidents and reports of under-age drinking when it operated as Club Cancun. “Those problems solely had to do with it being an 18-and-over hip-hop club,” he said. “We’re obviously a completely different thing, and I think we’re a great fit in that location.”