Club Retro, a new all-ages venue in town will open its door next Friday.
Club Retro is actually the second in what owners hope will be a chain of alcohol-free, all-ages concert venues.
The original Club Retro opened six years ago in Sacramento. The Fresno location at 4450 N Brawley Ave., near Shaw and Brawley, and will hold 350 people for shows.
From talking to the club’s founder Matthew Oliver, it sounds like Club Retro will be a lot like Kuppajoe, although not directly affiliated with a church. Shows will be slow at first, Oliver says — one or two per month. But eventually he hopes the Fresno location to be booked more like the Sacramento club, which has three or four shows per week.
Club Retro fills a need in Fresno, as popular all-ages venue The Exit closed its doors earlier this year and Sanger spot The Venue will be closing at the end of the month. It joins Kuppajoe, Starline and Chinatown Youth Center as Fresno’s all-ages venues.
Expect lots of rock — hardcore, screamo, etc — on the lineup. The first show has A Current Affair, Hello Astronaut and Greener By Color. Scheduled touring bands coming up: Arsonists Get All the Girls (Oct. 3), Mozart Season (Oct. 16) and Bidwell (Oct. 30).
Below is a flier for next Friday’s show. Check out next Friday’s issue of 7 for a feature story on Club Retro.