The Loft celebrates 20th anniversary on Saturday

On the party scene, word of a new hot spot attracts a common question -- not about cover charge, not about bar selections, not about weekend entertainment.

"How long do you think it'll last?"

To some extent, the question is justified. A nightlife venue's fate often depends largely on party goers' fleeting preferences.

So when a hot spot hits a life milestone, it's nice to stop and celebrate.

Enter The Loft's Broadway Boogie, an event that celebrates 20 years of memories at the downtown Columbus hangout.

Saturday's Broadway Boogie will feature stages inside The Loft and on Broadway. The music lineup includes Shawn Mullins ("Lullaby"), Marshall Ruffin, Neal Lucas and Keni Thomas and Cornbread.

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When asked about The Loft's success, Keni Thomas credited Buddy Nelms, founder and owner of the venue.

"He appreciates original, live music," Thomas said. "Twenty years ago, he was a pioneer. He's hung in there."

Excited? Here's an added bonus: Saturday's party is free. That's right. There's absolutely no cover charge.

The event will also feature Waverly Hall, Ga., artist Precious Bryant.

Guests will be able to financially support Precious through the Music Maker Relief Foundation at Saturday's party.

The foundation "was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time."

The Loft began as an entertainment venue in 1992 and has grown to include a recording studio and restaurant.

The venue has hosted performances by acts ranging from Sugarland to Leon Russell. Artists like Willie Nelson have recorded at The Studio@ The Loft.