ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A new live music venue is making its way to downtown Roseburg, just in time for the summer.
The SunnySide Theater, which will be located on SE Jackson Street, will allow local artists to perform live for the community.
The owners, Daniel Thomas and Judd Louis, said anyone they are encouraging all kinds of acts, such as singers, dancers and stand-up comedians.
They said the venue will also act as a bar and restaurant. The owners also hope to eventually open a 1920s speakeasy club in the basement.
They said the idea is to give local artists a place to share their talents, while giving the community a fun place gather and enjoy these acts.
“We wanted to have a spot that really focused on art and making it easy on musicians,” said Daniel Thomas, one of the owners. “(They’re) not background noise.”
The owners said the building they’ll be occupying was built in 1909, which is considered one of the oldest buildings in downtown Roseburg.
Due to the building’s history, they said they have been working with the city’s historical review committee to get certain changes approved.
However, city officials said they’re really excited to have the SunnySide join downtown.
“We’re starting to see a new energy coming to town,” said Eric Johnson, Roseburg’s communications specialist. “New entrepreneurs, businesses owners with a young and fresh perspective.”
Louis and Thomas said they’re expecting to open in May.