Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sidetracked . . . part 2



Recent articles in the Edmonton Journal and SEE Magazine seem to have put the rumours regarding the Sidetrack Café to rest. By the New Year the venerable live music club’s new home will be the former Mezza Luna Latin nightclub on 104 Street downtown.

There’s been some griping about the change – longtime Sidetrack patrons love the current location with its historic railcar. But the important thing is Edmonton will not lose a major venue for live bands.

The Sidetrack’s soundman extraordinaire, Graham J. Cadell, appeared excited about the move when I spoke to him on the weekend. He promises the sound quality will equal, if not excel, that of the current location. And he discussed a number of really cool ideas he has for the new club, though I don’t think he’d appreciate me disclosing them here.

Personally, I think the move is a good thing. The Sidetrack will be closer to the downtown hub with New City Likwid Lounge and the Starlite Room just down the way. Though it’s a shame Seedy’s, down the block from Mezza Luna, closed its doors earlier this year. Edmonton hasn’t had a thriving live music district since the gentrification of Old Strathcona.

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