Los Angeles promoter Spaceland Presents is taking over talent buying and events for The Ritz, a live music venue in San Jose, California.

The deal adds The Ritz to Spaceland Presents’ nightclub roster, which includes The Echo, Echoplex and the Regent Theater, all located in LA. It also allows the club to “stay true to its entrepreneurial indie culture and offers Spaceland Presents the opportunity to widen its imprint on the music scene,” a statement by the promoter said.

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Indie promoter Corey O’Brien founded The Ritz four years ago. It has since become one of the most popular live music clubs in Silicon Valley, having hosted the kind of indie, punk, hip-hop and DJ performances normally reserved for San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkley, the statement said.

“As The Ritz, Spaceland Presents is a progressive company run by industry veterans,” O’Brien said. “We wanted a legitimate relationship with a forward-thinking company with 300, 500, and 1,000 capacity rooms in Southern California. Spaceland Presents was doing everything right in our view. We quickly identified Spaceland as the perfect partner for The Ritz and what we are trying to do in San Jose.”

Mitchell Frank, Spaceland Presents’ Managing Member, echoed O’Brien’s sentiments.

“Spaceland has been looking for the right opportunity to expand into Northern California. We built our reputation by nurturing young touring acts and turning neighborhoods into cultural hubs, epicenters for nightlife and dining,” Frank said in the statement. “We hope to duplicate what we have done in Silverlake and Echo Park in the historic SoFa district. The Ritz is the perfect asset to complement our current venue portfolio.”

Chris Diaz, VP/Senior Talent Buyer for Spaceland Presents and The Regent Theater, will be spearheading The Ritz calendar. Upcoming shows include Growlers, This Will Destroy You, Mark Farina and MeWithOutYou.

“Whether your preferred concert-going experience is a sweaty dive or a swanky, historic theater, The Ritz will have a vast array of options every night of the week. Every detail was thought of when building The Ritz, from the custom-built subwoofers, monitors and mixing board, to the two green rooms backstage, it’s aimed to woo touring bands,” Diaz said.

A complete and up to date listing of upcoming shows can be found here, or see below.

9/7 -The Growlers

9/14 – The Seeds

9/20 – This Will Destroy You

9/29 – Morgan Heritage

9/30 – Mark Farina

10/30 -Mewithoutyou

10/25 -The Needle Drop

10/30 – My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult 30th Anniversary

11/2 – Save Ferris

11/3 – Hirie

11/14 – Fu Manchu

12/5 – Pere Ubu

Maggie O'Brien

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Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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