Knitting Factory Hollywood closed in 2019 but the new live music nightclub will be on the second floor of the historic Federal Bar in North Hollywood, opening late in 2022.
It will have live music acts and a speakeasy.
Downstairs, the Federal Bar will continue serving classic yet contemporary gastropub-inspired food and drinks with a recently redesigned menu and cocktail program that includes new dishes, past favorites, and greatly expanded vegan offerings. Those at Knitting Factory NoHo can order from the downstairs menu.
“While this is a more intimate venue than our partner venue, Regent Theatre (1000 cap), our team plans to bring incredible live experiences for musicians, comedians, artists, and fans alike, as our company has been doing for decades,” Knitting Factory Entertainment (KFE) CEO Morgan Margolis said.
“In North Hollywood specifically, we’ve been in the area since The Federal Bar opened with a private performance from jazz legend Stanley Clarke in January 2011, and there is an appetite for more music-based programming as the neighborhood continues to grow into a distinct residential and entertainment district.”
In a homecoming of sorts, veteran music curator Chris Diaz is serving as Knitting Factory NoHo’s consultant talent booker will be veteran music curator Chris Diaz. He is known for developing musical artists and comics in New York and Los Angeles, spotting emerging talent and booking some of the earliest gigs for Silversun Pickups, Charli XCX, Tycho, Jonas Brothers, Hannibal Buress, and Joey Bada$$, to name a few. Diaz has also developed and programmed a number of festivals and events.
Since Knitting Factory Hollywood closed in 2009, Margolis has developed a hospitality division of KFE—in Los Angeles alone, this includes The Federal Bar, El Tejano, Thirsty Merchant, Cantiki Bar, and Boomtown Brewery partnerships, plus the iconic Desert Daze festival, all with business partner Phil Pirrone.
The space previously held private events and live shows, including Gary Calamar’s Mimosa Music Series, which ran from 2013 to 2020, and saw artists like John Doe, Kurt Vile, Big Thief, Ducktails, Cayucas, Sea Wolf, Chuck Prophet, Jenny O., Motopony, and many more. Existing facilities are currently undergoing a major renovation, including a raised and widened stage, improved sightlines, and massively upgraded audio-visual production.
Knitting Factory NoHo has a beefed-up sound and lighting system, which includes a Midas M32R digital console; a powerful and accurate speaker array from Meyer Sound, Turbosound, and Electro-voice; a two-dozen unit Chauvet lighting array; and a Chamsys controller powered by Chamsys MagicQ software.