On March 6, 2013, Fremont Country Club opened, touted by its owners as downtown’s premier live music venue. In the four months since, the club has failed to live up to that promise.
Pre-opening reports had the venue playing host to local and national acts four or five nights each week. Michael Chugg, a tour booker for major acts including Radiohead and Coldplay was said to be lining up acts for FCC. Employees even claimed Coldplay had been booked for a rare club show to give the place some early notoriety and name recognition.
So what happened? Following the grand opening show by Louis Prima Jr., the club hosted a sold-out concert by Alkaline Trio (April 27), three shows as part of the Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival (May 24-26) and little else.
At least three other shows (Escape the Fate, The Neighbourhood and Anberlin) were cancelled or moved to competing venues. Lucero, another band mentioned by employees as one of the scheduled acts for Fremont Country Club, is playing the smaller sister venue, Backstage Bar & Billiards.
It doesn’t appear things will be turning around any time soon. The only upcoming show listed on Fremont Country Club’s website is Hanson on Sept. 21.
Meanwhile, just a few blocks away, LVCS has stepped up its game. In the past few months, that club has hosted a variety of known, diverse acts, including Jello Biafra, Murder by Death, Molly Hatchet, Helmet, Fear Factory and Tone Loc.
So is Fremont Country Club rotting on the vine? We really hope not, but based on the first four months the club seems like it’s on a path to becoming the next Azul Tequila.