Red Kat Club aimed at 30-and-over crowdWritten by Justin R. Kalmes | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Scott and Kip Diacou agree — Toledo’s nightspots just aren’t targeted to the 30-and-over crowd.
They are about to do something about that.
Scott and Diacou’s joint venture, the Red Kat Music CafÈ, will feature live musical acts specializing in smooth jazz, R&B and blues. The club is scheduled to host an invite-only party June 1 to be followed June 2 with its public grand opening.
Scott said he has national recording artists booked for the club’s first five weekends. Acts include jazz guitarist Nick Colionne opening weekend, Slim Man June 8-10, Joseph Vincelli June 15-17, Steve Oliver June 22-24 and Joe McBride June 29-July 1.
”I’m trying to appeal to the 30-, 35-and-over crowd because they have nowhere to go,” said Scott, who has promoted concerts around the Toledo area for 28 years. ”I’m giving Toledo something that we do not have and that’s more of a mature nightclub.”
Diacou, who owns several bars, restaurants and nightclubs throughout Toledo, agreed the Red Kat’s target crowd is a more adult one.
”There’s really no place in this town where you won’t run into your babysitter or your daughter,” he said. ”There is a big demand for what we’re doing.”
While jazz clubs in other big cities would charge more than $20 a ticket for a 60- to 90-minute show, Scott said a $10 cover charge on Fridays and Saturdays and a $5 charge on Thursdays at the Red Kat will allow patrons to stay all night to hear two sets from the featured act and dance to Motown, 1970s and 1980s music before, after and between sets.
”These are not your run-of-the-mill guitar or trumpet players,” Scott said of acts he has booked. ”These are musicians who play with big names.”
Scott said he plans to book tribute bands and big band swing acts for Wednesday and Sunday nights.
The club, which will be open to guests 21 and up, is housed in a 14,000-square-foot building at 2518 S. Reynolds Road that was formerly known as The Venue.
Scott said he hopes to draw between 250 and 300 guests per night on weekends.
”I think the people are going to like it just because it’s going to be different,” Scott said. ”I’m excited about it; I really am.”