How would it feel to watch Prince play a tiny club, from a few feet away? Jason Scoppa knows. He’s had Prince in his Hollywood hot spot, the Sayers Club, more than once. And while His Purple Majesty isn’t promised for the venue’s new SLS location, Scoppa has pledged that the LA venue’s cool vibe and live-music focus will carry over to Las Vegas.
“The space is really where it starts,” says Scoppa, responsible for the design and concept of the original Sayers Club, which opened in 2011. “It walks the line between a nightclub, a lounge and a live music venue.”
The 168-capacity room, augmented by a long, Boulevard-fronting patio, features a low stage on one end—clear, so as to allow lighting to shine through its floor—and a bar on the other, with brown Chesterfield sofas set atop wooden floors throughout the space.
To start, the SLS Sayers Club will host live music Thursday through Sunday, plus special events. Successful LA night “Sessions”—featuring a house band and guest vocalists working through a series of cover songs selected by Scoppa—will hold down Saturdays and Sundays. “We’ll pick a singer for, I don’t know, an Elbow song, which will be followed by a soul singer doing Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and then a pop song,” he says. Friday will be home to “Battles,” during which DJ/drummer combos will square off. Entry to live events will be available for purchase online in advance or at the door.
Past Sayers Club performers have included The Black Keys, Perry Farrell, Gotye, Fitz and the Tantrums and jazz pianist Deron Johnson, and Scoppa promises a wide variety of bookings at his second Sayers Club. “Some one-offs, some residencies, everything from emerging artists to established acts,” he says. “I approach live music as a party, not a concert. And we don’t do dancefloors—if people want to dance they can dance between the sofas, or on the sofas and the subwoofers.”