Club Retro to fill a void of all-ages music venues

By: Daniel Wetter, The Press Tribune
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The Christian-based all-ages music venue Club Retro is closing its doors in Orangevale and moving to Roseville with a scheduled opening in early October. “There are not enough venues that are safe, clean environments for kids to play in, as well as to attend. We hope to help fill that void,” said Club Retro owner, Matthew Oliver. The club will be moving into a building located behind California Backyard off of Eureka Road near the Century 14 movie theatres. “Orangevale was an extremely successful location for Club Retro, but kids go where the bands are and here in Roseville where we’re located: you’re right next to the movie theatres, there are apartment complexes all around, you’re right next to the freeway,” Oliver said, “I think it’s going to be a really good opportunity for kids to be able to come out.” While Club Retro is moving to Roseville, many people think there is a lack of all age music venues in Roseville. Jericho Coffee owner Franc Woods thinks that Club Retro will help contribute to the local music scene. “I think it definitely can help because I know that Club Retro offers a different style of music, they’re definitely more, I don’t know, kind of more edgy,” Woods said. Jericho Coffee is another all age music venue in Roseville. Woods started the Christian coffee house with the idea of having a place for musicians to “get their feet wet.” “This is kind of probably more middle road, but we can have anything here from rap to folk-type stuff,” Woods said, “We just provide probably a wider range of styles of music.” Jericho has monthly “open-mic” nights and weekly performances by local bands. One of those bands, Mercy Kings, performed on Saturday night. “We played here once before and we really enjoyed the outdoor environment that lets us come out and play,” said guitarist Pat Boylan. According to Oliver, all age music venues usually have a link to religion. “What you tend to find is because it’s not a money-maker, it’s finding something that will help sponsor it; and so a lot of times, the faith, it creates an opportunity where people feel compelled to reach out to this generation,” said Oliver. Oliver would like the City of Roseville to support more all-ages music venues. “It’s an opportunity for the city and Club Retro to join and find ways, because we’re not just about music, we’re also about seeing these young people succeed,” Oliver said. Club Retro will be located at 1529 Eureka Road, and does not yet have an official open date.