Canyon club adds sixth Southern California venue

Agoura was first
Lance Sterling

Lance Sterling

Sterling Venue Ventures, the owner and operator of five music venues throughout Southern California including The Canyon in Agoura Hills, announced it will open a Canyon Inland Empire club by the end of this year.

The 1,500-seat club will be in Montclair.

Owner Lance Sterling said lease negotiations for the new space are underway.

“We are ready to roll, and we could start right now. Once the lease is finalized we hope to be open within three months,” Sterling said.

Other venues under The Canyon umbrella are The Canyon Santa Clarita, The Canyon at The Rose in Pasadena, The Canyon at the Saban in Beverly Hills and The Canyon Concert Series at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai.

The 55-year-old Sterling, a New York native now living in Thousand Oaks, got his start in the music business in the early 1990s by running L.A.’s House of Blues.

Sterling’s first Canyon club, at Whizin Market Square in Agoura Hills, opened in 2000 and immediately struck a chord with the area’s over-30 demographic who wanted see top acts in their own community without venturing to Hollywood or downtown L.A.

Artists such as Styx, Todd Rundgren, Smokey Robinson, Paul Anka, Foreigner, Air Supply, Tower Of Power, Stone Temple Pilots, Psychedelic Furs, Kris Kristofferson and Kenny Loggins have all played Canyon venues within the past year.

Also think Foreigner, the Zombies, the Yardbirds, Peter Frampton, Pat Benatar, Marshall Tucker, Eddie Money, Boyz II Men, Blondie and others.

Sterling took over the Saban in 2012 and opened The Rose in 2016 with Judy Collins as the first act. The Rose bloomed at a plum location—right next to the Pasadena Convention Center on Colorado Boulevard.

In addition to the live shows, The Canyons also offer a full service dinner and bar menu.

The Sterling company produces more than 700 concerts a year in Southern California.

John Loesing