It's au revoir, Fairfax district, hello, La Cienega for Largo nightclub, the home of Jon Brion's long-running Friday night residency and host of hundreds of intimate rock, folk, alternative, jazz and comedy performances over the last decade.
Largo owner Mark Flanagan is planning to close up shop at the present location by mid-May and shift operations to the Coronet Theatre starting in early June with an opening bill of bigger-name headliners than typically play the former legitimate theater and poetry venue. So far he's lined up Aimee Mann for several shows starting June 2 and Randy Newman for June 5.
The Coronet seats 280 in the main room, compared with 120 at the Fairfax venue, and also has a smaller space with capacity of about 90 where Flanagan plans to book developing bands and comedians. The big room also has one significant attribute the current location has long been lacking: a genuine stage. As Largo's signature act for years, Brion will become the artist in residence at the new location, which will be dubbed Largo at the Coronet.
Flanagan said he has long been looking for a larger space but was adamant about staying in the same part of central Los Angeles rather than moving downtown or to Silver Lake.