Arts & Entertainment

Knitting Factory bringing music to Toyota Arena

The famous Knitting Factory Entertainment has joined forces with the Toyota Arena in Kennewick to bring cool entertainment to town on a regular basis.

What makes this news even better is that those entertainment events will be open to all ages.

The Knitting Factory is a music venue and concert house with locations in Brooklyn, N.Y.; North Hollywood, Calif.; Boise, Reno and Spokane.

The club originally specialized in jazz and experimental music and has expanded to showcasing all genres of music, performing arts and comedy.

The first Tri-City show the Factory will bring to town features Chevelle, a Chicago-based trio of brothers who play an aggressive and heavy sound of music on drums, guitar and bass.

The show is Aug. 29 at the Toyota Arena. Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m.

"The Knitting Factory has brought us big bands (drawing) 5,000-plus fans to the Toyota Center," said Jude Strode, marketing coordinator for the Toyota Center. "The Knitting Factory events will have a nightclub atmosphere, and there also will be beer gardens on site for those 21 and older."

There's a definite need for smaller, more affordable venues these days, Strode added.

"Toyota Arena is perfect for what the Knitting Factory is famous for, which is providing a venue for up-and-coming bands to perform, with about 10 to 20 shows a year," she said. "And there's also plans to have local bands open for the national touring bands."

There's also the advantage that the smaller arena has less overhead than the bigger coliseums, and that means less overhead for promoters to pay, allowing them to bring more entertainment to town, Strode said.

"The Toyota Arena is just the right size, and was a great location for the Knitting Factory to feature some of the bands they bring to the Northwest," said Corey Pearson, who oversees Toyota Center, the arena and Three Rivers Convention Center.

The Toyota Center purchased special flooring that will be placed over the ice in the arena during the musical events.

Tickets for the Chevelle show go on sale Aug. 5. Cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com or the coliseum box office. Tickets purchased at the box office avoid service charges.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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