Jennifer Tefft On The Satellite: Same Staff, Same Vibe, I'm Back
August Brown at L.A. Times posts an interview with the Satellite's Jennifer Tefft, the booker who left Spaceland about a year ago but who is back now that the location is transitioning to a new name and new ownership. As rumors about decamped Spaceland's Mitchell Frank's plans for a "dance nights and DJs" venue continue to develop, Tefft explains how her plans for the ex-Spaceland space will make for something a lot like--but not exactly like--the Spaceland of old:
For those worried that the indie rock venue might make a drastic change in its bookings as the Satellite, Tefft has no plans to deviate from the genres she established there and during her most recent position booking for the Fold (one, she says, she parted with on "entirely amicable" terms).
"I like everything good," she said. "My tastes are eclectic and far-reaching, and that's how it was at Spaceland, that's how it was at the Bootleg Theater, and that's how it's going to be here. I like indie and pop, but we'll also book metal and rap if there's a market for it. People still want to play that room, and my ability to book shows is the same there as it always was."
Of course, there's always at least one new ideas--are you ready, "hipster sports fans"?
Two smaller cosmetic changes are likely, however. Wolfram and Tefft are planning to largely do away with the notoriously hard-to-draw midnight sets most nights, and instead pull a curtain between the stage and bar area at midnight and run it as a small bar with half-price drinks until close. There's also talk of converting the upstairs bar (lovingly remembered as the "Smoquarium" from its days as a carcinogenic glass bubble for indoor smokers) into an art gallery to showcase local painting and photography. Tefft jokes that she's trying to talk her friend, producer Daniel Lanois, into donating his wrecked motorcycle as furniture for the space.
"By midnight, the venue is usually pretty empty anyway and most bars don't get rolling until then," Tefft said. "On that stretch of Silver Lake Boulevard, there's nothing else at that hour. I want people to be able to come even if there's not a show. We might even open the bar in the daytime to show football games. I mean it's in no way going to be a sports bar, but there's totally a market for hipster sports fans."