Initial plans filed over the summer to build Club 172 at the Rio gave no hint of what to expect next month when the newly renamed venue debuts with an adventurous booking policy and a promised “unique” environment.
Now known as DB172, the 6,900-square-foot space on the second floor will take over the long-shuttered, former Café Martorano restaurant. Part of the recent makeover has included adding a new green room, office space, and shuttering over the prominent row of windows.
The kitchen and bar will remain in action, as the concept intends to serve the “best original cocktails and high-end gourmet dishes.”
Named after the “loudest sound ever recorded on the planet,” the volcanic eruption on the island of Krakatoa that registered at 172 decibels, the space will book regional, national, and international touring bands, beginning with locals Bad Phantom on Nov. 1.
Upcoming concerts including first generation UK ska band The Selector, Southern California punk originals The Dickies, and cloaked, masked electronic trio Magic Sword.
To encourage the curious to take a chance on unknown acts, door prices will start at $10, plus tax and fees. Gigs are already booked through March 23, with an appearance by former Scorpions’ lead guitarist Uli Jon Roth.
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