When The Big Easy launched more than a decade ago, the concert house quickly established itself as a dance-club favorite among the 16 and older set.
The new Revolution Center is aiming to do the same next week.
Beginning Oct. 24 with a free, invitation-only kickoff party, the Garden City venue will launch Club Rev, a weekly dance bash.
“Our goal is to keep the energy high, keep people dancing and throw a big party every Wednesday,” says owner Creston Thornton, who previously opened The Big Easy, which eventually was sold to, and renamed, the Knitting Factory.
Potential for success seems solid at the 2,200-capacity Revolution Center — at least based on response from about 600 Capital High students who danced the night away for homecoming Sept. 28.
“The kids were going nuts,” Thornton says.
The Revolution Center has invested in a multi-directional sound system to keep music pumping from 360 degrees. And although the RevCenter is jumping on the EDM bandwagon with coming DJ performances by Steve Aoki and Bassnectar, the music on Wednesday nights will be more accessible. (Note: I'll give away tickets to those two shows in the next few days on this blog.)
“What we’re going to do is top 40, hip-hop, some electronic mash-up, really keeping it mainstream with a little bit of something for everyone,” Thornton says. “We’re working with Wild 101 and Kiss FM on bringing in some guest DJs and working with them promoting that we’re top 40 — that it’s just an all-around fun night that will appeal to everyone musically.”
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Because minors will mix with adults, there will be age segregation in certain parts of the club. You will have to be 21 or older to be in the bar area or anywhere upstairs in VIP.
Club Rev will continue Oct. 31 with a special Halloween theme including cash prizes, costume contests and ticket giveaways. Tickets are $5 advance, $10 at the door, $20 for upstairs VIP (21+ only). You also can pay $250 for 10 tickets to a private backstage green room with bottle service. There are three green rooms available; they’re the rooms normally used by the bands who perform at the RevCenter.
The following Wednesday, Nov. 7, it will be business as usual at Club Rev. All the ticket prices will be the same, except that anyone 21 and older will get in free. That will be the norm at Club Rev. Hey, the club figures it can sneak a few bucks away from drinking-age patrons at the bar.