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New Guild Theatre announces 2022 lineup

Tour offers a sneak peek of Menlo Park's unfinished live music venue

Walk through the Guild Theatre under construction in Menlo Park on Oct. 28, 2021. Video by Magali Gauthier.

Menlo Park's very own nonprofit music venue and event performance space, the Guild Theatre, is set to open in early 2022 with a robust lineup of acts spanning a variety of genres.

Drew Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild, on the mezzanine level at the Guild Theatre. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

In the first quarter of 2022, the theater announced plans for shows ranging from local bluegrass prodigy Molly Tuttle to '80s pop band Berlin to indie rockers STRFKR.

Drew Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild, the nonprofit behind the project, recently gave a tour to The Almanac, outfitted in hard hats and reflective vests, to preview the new, roughly $30 million facility at 949 El Camino Real that aims to bring big live music events to the small city.

On the ground floor stood the unfinished walls of the box office, lobby, and stage, and workers tiling the new restrooms.

Workers tile new restrooms attached to the green room area, that will be used by performers, at the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park on Oct. 28, 2021. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Throughout the tour, Dunlevie pointed out a number of specific touches planned for the facility: easy access from the side of the building for groups to load their road cases, world-class lighting and sound wiring, a bar, a green room area for performers to relax with a kitchenette, washer, dryer, turntable, two dressing rooms, and a catering kitchen.

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It's also set up with a high-quality HVAC system to quietly push fresh air throughout the building, or on smoky days, recirculate air indoors. On the upper level, there is a second bar, a lounge area and a flexible rail system to the left and right sides of the stage to permit either dancing or seating, depending on the act.

And, neighboring residents with sensitive ears will be appreciative to know, "no sound will escape when the doors are closed," Dunlevie told The Almanac. "It's built to contain sound."

Plus, he added, one of the conditions of the project's approval was that shows will end at 11 p.m.

Drew Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild, the nonprofit behind the Guild Theatre renovation walks across the mezzanine, in Menlo Park on Oct. 28, 2021. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

In working to line up acts, he said that one draw of the venue for big headliners is that the space can be used to help them raise funds for the causes they support.

While the official occupancy of the building still has to be confirmed with the Menlo Park fire marshal, Dunlevie said he expected the capacity to be around 500 people for general admission – standing only – and about 200 for seated attendees.

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He said that, while the pandemic caused some delays during the initial shutdown last spring, the construction project hasn't been too delayed otherwise.

"We're going as fast as we can," he said.

As for the team financially supporting the nonprofit theater, he said, "They're all fairly ecstatic."

"There's a lot of goodwill in this thing. I think the donors are happy."

Workers take a break during construction in the main room at the Guild Theatre in Menlo Park on Oct. 28, 2021. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

The Guild's opening lineup is: STRFKR (Jan. 18); Son Volt (Jan. 26); Molly Tuttle (Jan. 29); SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter (Feb. 5); Three Dog Night (Feb. 6 and 7); Aaron Lee Tasjan (Feb. 16); The Samples (Feb. 18); Berlin (Feb. 19); Robert Glasper (Feb. 25); Eric Krasno + Son Little (Feb. 27); Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Dance Party (March 1); Low Cut Connie (March 4); The Blasters (March 26); and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers (March 31).

Tickets go on sale at noon on Dec. 1. The venue is currently hiring. More information is at guildtheatre.com.

The Peninsula Arts Guild is also exploring whether there is a separate market for weekday Peninsula concerts and weekend bigger-city concerts, and thereby opportunities for cross-promotion, rather than competition with other Bay Area venues, said Dunlevie.

Performing at a Nov. 1 concert just outside Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, Michigan Rattlers bassist Adam Reed wears a Guild Theatre T-shirt. The team behind the Guild Theatre is hoping that local venues can work together to cross-promote shows. Photo by Kate Bradshaw.

"We believe that there's enough music to go around," he said.

"We're going to be Switzerland," he added. "We'll keep smiling and being as sweet as we can."

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New Guild Theatre announces 2022 lineup

Tour offers a sneak peek of Menlo Park's unfinished live music venue

by / Almanac

Uploaded: Mon, Nov 8, 2021, 2:40 pm

Menlo Park's very own nonprofit music venue and event performance space, the Guild Theatre, is set to open in early 2022 with a robust lineup of acts spanning a variety of genres.

In the first quarter of 2022, the theater announced plans for shows ranging from local bluegrass prodigy Molly Tuttle to '80s pop band Berlin to indie rockers STRFKR.

Drew Dunlevie, president of the Peninsula Arts Guild, the nonprofit behind the project, recently gave a tour to The Almanac, outfitted in hard hats and reflective vests, to preview the new, roughly $30 million facility at 949 El Camino Real that aims to bring big live music events to the small city.

On the ground floor stood the unfinished walls of the box office, lobby, and stage, and workers tiling the new restrooms.

Throughout the tour, Dunlevie pointed out a number of specific touches planned for the facility: easy access from the side of the building for groups to load their road cases, world-class lighting and sound wiring, a bar, a green room area for performers to relax with a kitchenette, washer, dryer, turntable, two dressing rooms, and a catering kitchen.

It's also set up with a high-quality HVAC system to quietly push fresh air throughout the building, or on smoky days, recirculate air indoors. On the upper level, there is a second bar, a lounge area and a flexible rail system to the left and right sides of the stage to permit either dancing or seating, depending on the act.

And, neighboring residents with sensitive ears will be appreciative to know, "no sound will escape when the doors are closed," Dunlevie told The Almanac. "It's built to contain sound."

Plus, he added, one of the conditions of the project's approval was that shows will end at 11 p.m.

In working to line up acts, he said that one draw of the venue for big headliners is that the space can be used to help them raise funds for the causes they support.

While the official occupancy of the building still has to be confirmed with the Menlo Park fire marshal, Dunlevie said he expected the capacity to be around 500 people for general admission – standing only – and about 200 for seated attendees.

He said that, while the pandemic caused some delays during the initial shutdown last spring, the construction project hasn't been too delayed otherwise.

"We're going as fast as we can," he said.

As for the team financially supporting the nonprofit theater, he said, "They're all fairly ecstatic."

"There's a lot of goodwill in this thing. I think the donors are happy."

The Guild's opening lineup is: STRFKR (Jan. 18); Son Volt (Jan. 26); Molly Tuttle (Jan. 29); SuperBlue: Kurt Elling featuring Charlie Hunter (Feb. 5); Three Dog Night (Feb. 6 and 7); Aaron Lee Tasjan (Feb. 16); The Samples (Feb. 18); Berlin (Feb. 19); Robert Glasper (Feb. 25); Eric Krasno + Son Little (Feb. 27); Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Dance Party (March 1); Low Cut Connie (March 4); The Blasters (March 26); and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers (March 31).

Tickets go on sale at noon on Dec. 1. The venue is currently hiring. More information is at guildtheatre.com.

The Peninsula Arts Guild is also exploring whether there is a separate market for weekday Peninsula concerts and weekend bigger-city concerts, and thereby opportunities for cross-promotion, rather than competition with other Bay Area venues, said Dunlevie.

"We believe that there's enough music to go around," he said.

"We're going to be Switzerland," he added. "We'll keep smiling and being as sweet as we can."

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Jeff & Marcia Keimer
Registered user
Portola Valley: Westridge
on Nov 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm
Jeff & Marcia Keimer, Portola Valley: Westridge
Registered user
on Nov 9, 2021 at 12:38 pm

Where’s the PARKING for these 700 attendees???


MAJAMES1111
Registered user
Portola Valley: Ladera
on Nov 9, 2021 at 12:48 pm
MAJAMES1111, Portola Valley: Ladera
Registered user
on Nov 9, 2021 at 12:48 pm

This is a great addition to the community!


Matt
Registered user
Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Nov 9, 2021 at 12:58 pm
Matt, Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
Registered user
on Nov 9, 2021 at 12:58 pm

OMG I'm so stoked! I hope they consider a subscription to all events like Music at Menlo.

@ Jeff and Marcia Keimer, do you really think that that'll mean 700 cars? You do know that this was a movie theater. I went there as a kid. Also, there is now Lyft and Uber.


Steven Kryger
Registered user
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 9, 2021 at 9:12 pm
Steven Kryger, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
Registered user
on Nov 9, 2021 at 9:12 pm

Can't wait, downtown is horrible, no nightlife, empty storefronts, this will be awesome. Although I am extremely disappointed with the 11PM curfew, whoever from the city of MP mandated that made a horrible decision. Can we get Assembly of Dust to play?!!!


Westbrook
Registered user
Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Nov 10, 2021 at 3:09 pm
Westbrook, Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
Registered user
on Nov 10, 2021 at 3:09 pm

Is that the original 3 Dog Night. Can we get some more details on buying tickets on December 1st. Onsight, online, ?


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