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When alt-rock club The Sanctuary shut down in March over a liquor-license snafu, promoter-booker Angel Castorena talked about buying the venue and renaming it Club 1818.

Castorena says he scratched that plan when “financial backers fell through,” so he became a self-described nomad, establishing Never Say Die Productions and setting up shows at Atomix, the Roadhouse Saloon, Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar, and Bonds 007.

In the meantime, the new owners of The Sanctuary turned the space into a dance club called The Crossing. Castorena says they quickly realized that they were only utilizing half the building’s space and decided to split it into live-rock and dance-club sections.

Castorena takes over the live-music part of The Crossing with what he calls a “soft opening” on the weekend of January 4-5, and a January 11 “grand opening” with Girl in a Coma playing their European-tour kickoff show. As with The Sanctuary, the entrance to the live-music section of The Crossing will be in the alley behind Hogwild Records.

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