All-age music venues sign off with a bang

Empyrean, Caterina offer final shows before changing gears

A shift is coming in the landscape of the local all-ages music scene, marked by a few upcoming final shows before two key venues shut down to change up their game plans.

While Empyrean Coffee House gets ready to relocate a few blocks east to the Big Dipper space, Caterina Winery is closing temporarily to renovate and refocus.

Caterina, 905 N. Washington St., is hosting a pair of Remodel Kickoff Weekend shows that feature lineups of all-star-affiliated bands.

Tonight things get a little more psychedelic with headliner Oil of Angels and all of its members’ side projects, including Space Station Revival, Hallelujah Soul-Explosion and Henry Nordstrom and Vaughn Wood.

Saturday’s show at Caterina presents progressive rock band Belt of Vapor and the various side projects its members have launched this year, including Beluga, Fjords and Seafloor Spreading.

Both shows start at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Empyrean is celebrating the final days at its 154 Madison St. address with a Farewell to Madison show on Wednesday with local artists who have helped define the coffeehouse’s indie art-house vibe, including singer-songwriters Josh Hedlund and Karli Fairbanks; brother Zac Fairbanks’ blues-rock band, The Booze Fighters; and Oil of Angels.

The show is free to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

Local singer-songwriter favorite Kevin Long is hosting a holiday dance party tonight at Empyrean, featuring local DJs Dial, Locke, Orange and Benjamin Jorgens. Semiformal attire is suggested.

Music starts at 8 p.m.; it’s 21-and-older only after 11 p.m. Cover is $5.

Empyrean’s relocation to the Big Dipper space at 171 S. Washington St. was prompted by both a new fire sprinkler law that made the Madison Street location unworkable, and an expected rent increase there.

The plan at Caterina Winery is to open up the space for broader uses, including weddings and other private events, which could mean fewer music shows.

Caterina’s music booking agent, Patrick Kendrick of Platform Booking, also is taking over booking and promotions at the Sunset Junction, 1801 W. Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Junction is under new management and being rebranded. A new name is among the changes in the works, said Kendrick, who will also continue placing shows at Caterina and other venues.

“I will still have access to (Caterina). I just see a lot of potential in the Sunset space,” he said.

“I’ll be helping out with everything at Caterina, but there will be more of an emphasis on private events and getting back to focusing on great wines.”

Capacity at Sunset Junction is 200 on the main floor and 65 in the basement, while Caterina will be right around 100 after the remodel.

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