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Knitting Factory to book concerts at SLO Brew

The new SLO Brew location under construction on Higuera Street will include a restaurant, bar and concert stage, outdoor patios and a mezzanine level. Upstairs will be four luxury hotel flats.
The new SLO Brew location under construction on Higuera Street will include a restaurant, bar and concert stage, outdoor patios and a mezzanine level. Upstairs will be four luxury hotel flats. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Knitting Factory Presents, an entertainment company based in New York City, will decide which bands play at SLO Brewing Co.’s new location in downtown San Luis Obispo.

It will handle talent booking for SLO Brew, which is set to open in June at 736 Higuera St.

Located around the corner from SLO Brewing Co.’s longtime Garden Street location, which closed in December, the gastropub and music venue will hold about 300 people and offer a mezzanine viewing level plus indoor and outdoor dining options.

Knitting Factory, which began in 1987 with a single New York City venue, now has offices and venues in Los Angeles; Brooklyn; Boise, Idaho; and Spokane, Wash. It also has a record label, Knitting Factory Records.

Megan Jacobs Araujo, who books shows for Knitting Factory’s The Federal Bar in Long Beach, will take over similar duties at SLO Brew. A news release said she “expects to book a variety of acts to appeal to the interests of locals, students and visitors alike.”

It’s not clear at this point whether Araujo will also handle booking for another SLO Brewing Co. venue, The Rock, which is under construction at 855 Aerovista Place, near Broad Street (Highway 227) and the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport in southeastern San Luis Obispo.

That project will feature a new production facility plus a beer garden and taproom that will serve casual pub food and host live music. On May 3, the San Luis Obispo City Council approved SLO Brewing Co.’s request for a “nightclub” use permit at that facility for a second time.

That venue is also scheduled to open this summer.

For more information, visit www.slobrew.com.

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