Knitting A New Name

Two years after acquiring a majority stake in Bravo Entertainment, Knitting Factory Entertainment has rebranded the Big Easy Concert Houses in Boise, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash., under the company’s name.

The new name "reinforces Knitting Factory’s commitment to the Boise and Spokane markets by proudly stamping their company signature on the marquees in the respective community," according to a company statement.

Matt Judge, general manager of the Spokane venue, said in the statement, "We have seen exciting new entertainment in the Spokane area such as Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes, Life House, Rob Zombie, and Phil Vassar … just to name a few. Changing the name from the Big Easy Concert House to Knitting Factory Concert House will heighten venue recognition within the industry, helping bring talent that would otherwise be absent in the Spokane market."

Both the 1,500-capacity Spokane club and the 999-capacity Boise club have also been treated to remodeling and new sound and light systems, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune. The paper noted that the Bourbon Street Saloon above the Boise venue was also given a new name as it will now be known as The Alter Knit Lounge, featuring a full menu and DJ music rather than live performances.

In January 2006 Knitting Factory became the parent company of the two Bravo properties and in May 2007 bought out the remaining Bravo shares to become the owner of the company and the two New Orleans-themed clubs.

The Knitting Factory has a presence on both coasts with clubs in New York City and Los Angeles.