Opening of Knitting Factory West-Coast Venue Postponed

Hollywood version of New York experimental jazz and rock club now set for May christening.

Evolving design plans have conspired to delay the opening of Knitting Factory Hollywood, California's outpost of the pioneering downtown New York jazz and rock emporium, until May, marketing director Guy Compton announced.

Knitting Factory owner Michael Dorf "keeps flying out every month because it's his baby. He really wants to do it right," Compton said of the new venue, which had been slated to open in February.

The club will be on Hollywood Boulevard in the old Galaxy complex in the heart of the Hollywood entertainment district. It will include two performance spaces — one large venue for up to 550 persons and a more intimate space with a capacity of about 50. There will be a bar/café, as well. The club will be wired with state-of-the-art recording studio technology for audio and video broadcasting and Internet connections. There will be an "always-on" video link between the clubs in New York and Hollywood.

Dorf said he had "been dreaming of a West Coast version of the venue for a long time, and the Los Angeles musical community seems very eager to welcome us. We will program the space with a combination of great local artists, national talent and New York–based jazz and new music."

Opened in 1987, the Knitting Factory has been the centerpiece of an adventurous, experimental new-jazz and rock scene, presenting such artists as Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, John Zorn, Fred Frith, They Might Be Giants, David Murray, Lou Reed and many other acts. The club has spawned a record label that has put out hundreds of releases, including clarinetist Don Byron's live album No Vibe Zone, featuring the track "Sex/Work," and free-jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle's Testaments.