If the Strip entertainment scene is shifting from DJs in nightclubs to live performance, here’s more proof: SLS’ shuttered nightclub Life is transforming into the Foundry Hall, an 1,800-capacity live-music venue with versatility. It’s scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016.
SLS Vice President of Nightlife and Entertainment Matt Minichino says the north Strip resort was only going after a small portion of the entertainment market with Life, and the new venue should broaden those horizons and serve as a better complement to Foxtail nightclub and more intimate music room the Sayers Club. “We will still activate the Foundry Hall as the opportunity arises for some one-off, nightlife-type events, but the beautiful piece of this is that we now have the ability to activate any which way.” Acts from indie rock bands to stand-up comedians could be part of the new programming.
Live Nation, which books the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay among other Vegas venues, has partnered with SLS on the new project, which has already eliminated the DJ booth in favor of a new stage setup anchoring a wholesale renovation. A major audio adjustment is also coming, though the Foundry Hall will make use of the former club’s visual assets, including massive LED screens.
“We’re excited about that, because there are not many live-entertainment venues in this market that have the visual component we have,” Minichino says. “We’ve had some huge successes on property already with [concerts] like Jamie Foxx, Chevelle, the Wailers, out at the pool at Foxtail. This will give us the opportunity to drive more bodies to the property, and it can be a huge feeder for after-concert events at our other venues.”