The Mirage is usually filled with young socialites and popped-collared 20-somethings, but the nightclub may soon bring in a different crowd one night a week.
Starting Sept. 27, the Guildford-area club will host live rock and pop music every Friday instead of its typical dance and electronic tunes. The shift aims to bring talented rock 'n' roll musicians to Surrey, while also drawing both locals and out-oftowners to the club for a top-notch concert experience.
"We've got a really cool scene in Surrey - it's about time that there's a live venue that supports up-and-coming talent and some really cool national and international
recording acts," said Rob Warwick, of Rock. It Boy Entertainment, who is organizing the Friday shows in collaboration with Clyde Hill, of Magnetized Productions.
"There's a big population around the club and there is a need for live music."
The idea to put on weekly concerts came from Mirage owner Heath Ferguson, who wants to diversify the type of music there.
"I saw so much live stuff going on downtown, so that's when I pitched it to Rob. 'What about Surrey? Why not out here?'" he recalled.
The Mirage has a large dance floor with a second-level balcony around the stage, creating an intimate atmosphere from any part of the club, and a new sound system was installed at the club last year.
Mirage owner Heath Ferguson (left) and promoters Rob Warwick (middle) and Clyde Hill are working together to make the 450-person nightclub a hot spot for rock, pop and country concerts on Friday nights. (Photo: JACOB ZINN) With new gear and a variety of acts to choose from, the guys are excited to bring some high-calibre artists to the Mirage - not like it hasn't had a few in the past.
"I remember someone phoned us up and said, 'Hey, do you want to have Lady Gaga?'" said Fergson. "I went to our DJ and said, 'Who's Lady Gaga?' Now she's huge."
The guys already have a few shows lined up for the club: The Special Tease performs on Sept. 27 with guests, and country star Karen-Lee Batten performs Oct. 4. Hill has been promoting shows recently at the Exotica lounge at the Turf Hotel in Surrey, but he said his focus now is working with Warwick on the Mirage shows.
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