A new space for music in Kamloops will soon make its debut on Tranquille Road.
With the closure of Moustache and Go at 443 Tranquille Rd., an opportunity came about for three familiar faces of the Kamloops entertainment scene to work together.
Factotum CO’s JP Lancaster, Red Beard’s Mitchell Forgie and GK Sound’s Greg Klohn are all contributing to the space.
Lancaster said the venue won’t be open every night, and shows are likely to happen once every two to four weeks, although that all depends on how much people embrace the idea.
“If this is something that goes great, then maybe you look at it as a long-term location, and down the road, maybe there are other sites,” he said.
Lancaster is curating the music for the venue and has already lined up its first player: Brandon Wolfe Scott, a member of Yukon Blonde also making use of other Yukon Blonde players in his backing band.
Joining Scott will be Vancouver band Glass Forest and a solo performance from Lancaster himself.
The three companies putting the venue together have worked together before, with initiatives like Brewloops and the Kamloops Art Gallery’s annual Luminocity event.
A common complaint among local bands playing original music is the lack of a place to play on Friday and Saturday nights — stage time that is often given to cover bands.
“There are spaces available on weekdays, but it’s hard to get people to come out in the middle of the week,” Lancaster said.
The new venue comes amid discussions of whether or not the city should build a new performing arts centre — a venue that might free up space or at least shift other performers around the city.
Meanwhile, touring musicians coming through town looking for smaller, more intimate shows often play shows at home-based venues like The Bassment or McArthur Castle.
“The need is massive. I think there’s a huge segment of the population who wants to see bands performing original material and in more modern, contemporary genres,” Lancaster said.
“I think on the other side, there’s a huge demand for artists, whether it’s local musicians, touring musicians — there’s a lot of interest in people stopping here in Kamloops, but there isn’t that infrastructure for Friday and Saturday nights.”
The space will have a capacity of about 40 people and will have a modest stage.
“People are going to be standing kind of face-to-face with the artist performing. I think ti’s going to have the spirit of being at a coffee shop show,” Lancaster said.
The venue, called The Brautigan Library, will also be licensed to sell alcohol through a bar run by next-door Red Beard Cafe.
Brandon Wolfe Scott will perform on Feb. 21. Tickets will be available on Factotum CO’s website, factotumco.ca/store.