Here's the Bee's take on the city council vote (from an editorial). Please note that the hallowed "Knitting Factory" brand was invoked. The Bee is again saying that we should be "thinking big" for K street. Hasn't this recession showed us that it's time to think small? There is nothing wrong with small. Small is beautiful.
Here's Jason Bogg's take on the debate (from SacPress). He will be part of the team that will be developing the venue on K street:
I’ve toured the U.S. seven times, did two European tours and have played in Hundreds of clubs around the world. I’ve been in the Sacto music scene for over 20 years and have a pretty good perspective on what this town needs. We are going to have a place that the local music scene can take advantage of and call home, while being large enough to accommodate most touring acts. Sacramento needs an awesome room with state of the art sound and lights that is profitable so it can actually stay open and thrive! You are really supporting an out of town corporate club over a locally owned business? Both the Knitting Factory in New York and L.A. closed last year because they were too big. The NY Times quotes the CEO of Knitting factory explaining why they closed and moved to a 350 capacity club was to “Lessen the pressure to draw big audiences every night and bring the Knitting Factory back to its roots as a club that could take risks”. A 2000 thousand capacity Club in Sacramento would eventually have to turn into a crappy Top 40/DJ style Douche Den just to pay the bills. We are being smart and setting this up for success. P.S. I’ve played the Catalyst. It’s a great club that has an 800 capacity. P.S. S. If you are worried that its too small to fit Dave Matthews, I wouldn’t book him anyway