Despite taking over the building that was KO’s club, The Main Street Entertainment Complex is not another bar. In fact, it doesn’t even have a liquor license.
Josh Perkins is leasing the space at 1332 E. Main St. to use as a sort of open all-ages events center, with various dance parties put on by Perkins’ Justus Entertainment as well as the option to rent it out to other groups such as dancers seeking floor space outside a gym.
“It’s almost like an experiment,” Perkins said. “We’ll see if this is what the community needs.”
In-house events will be billed under Club YOLO, a slang term from the acronym for “you only live once” that found popularity earlier this year with rapper Drake’s song “The Motto.” The song is a profanity-laced anthem about living it up that seems to speak to young adults.
“You only live once, that’s the motto… YOLO, and we ’bout it every day, every day, every day,” the hook repeats.
The motto, according to Perkins, is perfect for a venue catering to the trendy. If it were the 90s it may have been “Club Awesome.”
“It’s a snapshot of today’s times,” he said.
The Main Street Entertainment Complex opened with a Club YOLO red carpet opening and a foam party last weekend. Perkins said both nights were mainly dance parties filled with people unable to hit up the bars downtown and he has been getting thank you e-mails and calls ever since.
“It was real solid,” he said.
Events with liquor will be dealt with like many concerts at other venues – using a catered bar from a local vendor with an offsite liquor license. Events will have a “beer garden” separate from the main floor.
At 4,400 square feet, The Main Street Entertainment Complex is a larger venue than most bars in Bozeman, especially now that it has been emptied of gaming machines and the poker and pool tables. The capacity, depending on use, may be up to 400 people.
Perkins said much of what was done to ready the space was cleaning. Though the last owners took things like fire extinguishers, he said he found a bunch of old TVs, partially full liquor bottles and even 8 track players.
Because the building was slated for demolition, Perkins said his lease is only for one year and he won’t change existing decoration.
“I don’t want to put much into it if it could be torn down,” he said.
Perkins said he has seen similar models work in a city. In order to remain cutting edge, certain clubs will use a venue for no more than a year and then move on.
Though Perkins has plans for a raised stage that would fit over the existing bar on one side of the building, he hopes bands and other performers will be a little more creative with the space.
“Bring in projectors and screens,” he said. “Do something different.”
He would like to see fashion shows, art openings, dance groups and other creative people and events populating the venue.
Pamela Venegas said she is used to cities where venues host nightly dances.
“I teach salsa,” she explained. “(In Bozeman) there are not too many places where we can go.”
Venegas envisions dance nights and possibly classes on the large floor that Perkins had refinished with dance wax for that purpose.
“People can go and practice there,” she said. “It’s an open place for all of the ages here to just go and have fun.”
Though all ages are welcome, Perkins said many of the events will be tailored to young college students.
“There’s nowhere for kids between 18 and 20 to go dance or listen to music,” he said.
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