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Assembly on K to open in late March

Randy Paragary of Paragary Restaurant Group, on stage at Assembly, which is set to open March 22.

Assembly, local restaurateur Randy Paragary’s latest baby, is almost ready for visitors.

"This is adult entertainment," Paragary said. "Other cities have ammenities like this and there isn’t anything like that in downtown now." 

The concert venue at 10th and K streets is set to open Friday, March 22, said Callista Wengler, marketing director for Paragary Restaurant Group. Cover band Pop Fiction is set to perform at 10 p.m., and the night’s show is free to the public, Wengler said. 

Assembly has been touted as a state-of-the art concert venue, with 9,000 square feet that includes an open floor on the main level, a full bar and tiered seating behind it. It can accommodate either cabaret-style seating, or be cleared out for standing space during live music shows. It’s replacing the Cosmopolitan Caberet, which was home to the California Musical Theatre, until it moved out in early Decemeber 2012.

Paragary said it will take about a year to build up the business’ reputation to the point that it can attract big-name acts, but for now it’s doing all it can. "Our aspirations are much higher, we want to book and attract national acts." 

Downtown Sacramento Partnership Spokeswoman Lisa Martinez said it’s a welcome addition to downtown’s K Street, and will complement the array of bars, clubs and restaurants in the district, has recently been branded as “The Kay.”

"On weekends and in the evenings, it’s definitely a spot that a lot of people are out and about at night," she said. "So live music and entertainment really fits in with the club and bar scene that’s already there."

The venue is already lining up acts, and recently announced that female rapper and Stanford alumna K.Flay will take the stage on March 30, according to the business’ Facebook page. And Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond is scheduled to perform March 23, Paragary said. 

It’s also landed an ongoing act – "B Street Live!" – a sketch comedy group that will change each month based on current events and pop culture, according to the press release. Martinez compared it to Saturday Night Live, and said it "gives a very young, edgy audience appeal."

Assembly is a 9,000 square-feet concert venue on K and 10th streets, that is taking over the Cosmopolitan Cabaret space.

B Street Live! will start performing March 22, and shows will run Wednesday through Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., which can lead up to live music and other entertainment later in the night. "Assembly’s new partnership with B Street will energize the K Street District arts scene," the press release stated.

There will apparently also be go-go dancers performing Tuesday nights, during "Anthem Tuesdays," according to a Facebook post on Assembly’s page. Anthem Tuesdays is an 18-and-over dance night, that will feature DJs and guest performances, according to its Facebook page. Go-go dancer auditions to be one will be held next Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at Assembly, and the first Anthem Tuesday will be held March 26.

According to the Paragary group, it’s hired seasoned industry professionals to operate and market the theatre, including Trevor Shults (of BarWest and Pourhouse) and Bob Simpson. Booking agent Scott Brill-Lehn of SBL entertainment is being brought on as well.  

Editor’s note: The final paragraph has been edited to reflect the accurate spelling of Scott Brill-Lehn’s name.

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