Capps Club in Kenmore regroups to put music first

Closing Capps Club was a very short-lived experiment for owners Mark and Dawna Capps.

Closing Capps Club was a very short-lived experiment for owners Mark and Dawna Capps.

In June, they announced they’d be closing for three months, but that plan quickly changed.

“We regrouped for two weeks,” Dawna said, adding people were starting to think of the club as a restaurant instead of a music venue. As a result, they retooled their menu to focus on casual bar fare, and a new bar manager was hired. The club is now delighting customers with creative infusion-based cocktails and specialty drinks.

“We saw a need to regroup and set it up differently,” Mark said, adding they started slow with just Friday and Saturday shows during the summer. “When we reopened, it was more about the music.”

“We’ve gotten positive feedback from the musicians,” Dawna added.

While the club is now open more than the two nights a week from its summer schedule, they have scaled back the hours from seven days a week when they had their initial soft opening in May. The venue is only open on event nights, and those who just want to stop by for a drink without taking in the show of the night are welcome.

Mark and Dawna are trying to make the most of the space at Capps Club by renting it out for events such as corporate lunches and weddings as well. In addition to the performance space and the lounge at the front of the building, there is also a large space at the rear of the building that they hope to utilize more for such occasions.

To get people acquainted with the space, the club is hosting a “Public Opera” event at 5 p.m. Oct 30, which will feature opera singers walking around and singing while attendees eat an Italian dinner.

“We’re excited about running it,” Mark said.

Upcoming concerts in the building’s main performance space include AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles on Oct. 29, Seattle-based psych-folk band Vaudeville Etiquette on Nov. 4, the Washington Blues Society’s Blues Bash on Nov. 8, jazz from Michael Shrieve’s Spellbinder on Dec. 3 and Heart spin-off band Heart By Heart on Dec. 31. Heart By Heart features original Heart drummer Mike Derosier and bassist and Kenmore native Steve Fossen.

The owners see the diversity of shows as key in making everyone aware of the club.

“We need something like this on the Eastside,” Dawna said. “We’re excited that we’re getting these bands out to Kenmore.”

For more information or to buy tickets to upcoming shows, visit

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