Case Evidence
Current business on the site...
Small house just to the north of the main building - John and Rita Vance's former homestead.
Main building that was once an auto repair garage, then converted into Vance's Bar for over 30 years. Now an annual Halloween attraction.

Brief history of the property.

Vance's Bar

Most people from around the area will remember this property as Vance's Bar. But the history of the place goes back to the late 40's when John D. Vance and his wife Rita built their small home in 1948. It wasn't long afterwards that John started an auto garage with tow trucks and gas pumps in a separate building that he had built.

In 1954 he attached another building to the garage and started an "18 year old beer joint" and called it "Club 41." John added to the existing structure and in 1963 he turned the garage into a country music club then known as "Vance's Bar 41."

The business was going well. In 1973, John built another 10,000 square feet to the property when a ballroom was added. Then it was simply called "Vance's Bar"....or just "Vance's." During the '70's, 80's and early '90's many Country Music Stars performed there. With the likes of David Frizell, Shelly West, Porter Wagoner, Cal Smith, The Bellamy Brothers, Janie Frickie, Charlie McClain, Tammy Wynette, and the Kendalls. Some Rock & Roll stars performed there as well, like Tommy James and the Shondells, Roy Orbison, Rick Nelson and Bobby Vee. Faron Young was a regular at Vance's and knew the Vance family well as did Roy Orbison. In fact, Rita would have Roy Orbison over for a home cooked meal anytime he performed there or was in town.

Dean Lange and The Pony Express was the "house band," at Vance's for many years and opened for most of the Country Shows as well as the Rock and Roll shows. John called The Pony Express “The Greatest Country Band in the Midwest,"...and they were!

John died in February of 1979 when the business was thriving. His wife Rita, along with daughter Peg and sons Dick, Jack and Larry used all of their energy and knowledge to keep Vance's buzzing. Vance’s Bar - was located right off of the express way and was open until the early 1990’s. There were many great moments and memories to be shared there.

After many long years of hard work it was time for Rita to retire and the business and property was sold in 1995 and was never opened after that.

I know these things because John and Rita were my parents and I had the opportunity to live an exciting experience.

--Larry Vance

The current owner of the property bought it a few years ago. He began renovating it to turn the place into an annual Halloween attraction. During this process of gutting the building and constructing the mazes that would become many of the themed rooms for Halloween, he and fellow workers began to experience some strange phenomenon. Occasional footsteps when no one was around, faint voices which came from none of the people that were there at the time. And some of the animatronics would come on or be triggered when nobody was there.

Brew City Paranormal was called to investigate and see what could be confirmed or debunked. The following is a result of our investigation on June 14, 2013.

Some things to take note of before listening or viewing our evidence findings.

Our group, Brew City Paranormal has a strict policy of not whispering on investigations. If a member makes some kind of noise or hears another noise that they know what the sound is, they tag it in the audio. This helps during the review process to eliminate any possibilities that it is our voices being heard or that of a potential spirit voice.

EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomenon; It's the process of capturing a voice on our digital or video recorders relating to questions we ask and getting a response that we can't hear with our human ears at the time it is recorded. And sometimes, these spirit voices say things that don’t relate to anything that is being said in our conversations as well. Such as the case in one of our evp's below.

Listen with head phones for the best results.

All evp’s are subjective and you may form your own opinions on what is being said. But it is our belief that we put forth here to what we feel is being said.

Also note: The SB7 Spirit Box is a great compact tool for attempting communication with paranormal entities. It uses both AM and FM radio frequency sweeps to generate white noise which theories suggest give some entities the energy they need to be heard. When this occurs you will sometimes hear voices or sounds coming through the static in an attempt to communicate. The radio is designed to scan through radio stations at a very high rate of speed. So if a spirit voice does come through, it is virtually impossible for it to be a voice coming from a radio station as it sweeps by. Dozens of radio stations frequencies are past by in a matter of a few seconds.

Please note: All EVP spirit voices that are captured are not heard by any of the members of the team at the time they are recorded unless otherwise noted.

Please click on a link to view or hear the evidence that we caught with our equipment!