Inside east sacramento jan 2017

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In a roundabout way, then, aspiring

n 1954, championship roller skater Dorothy “Dotti” Lane purchased

Sacramento musicians can thank

Senator Roller Drome at 1031 Del

Kennedy’s wife for inspiring him to

Paso Blvd. in North Sacramento. Its

start the hunt for the building that

doors would close in 1974, but during

would become The Rink Studios.

those 20 years, Dotti trained many

The Rink Studios will rent out

state and national champions, and

15 rehearsal, recording, teaching

Senator Roller Drome became one of

and “all-purpose” studio spaces.

the largest competitive roller-skating

“Even though this isn’t really

clubs in California.

being advertised except by word of

Long vacant, the 90-year-old

mouth, people are already in line,”

building has lost some of its luster,

says Kennedy. The venue will also

but Elk Grove resident and developer

offer opportunities to educate those

Greg Kennedy has been renovating

interested in nonperforming aspects

the roller drome into a studio and

of music, such as sound engineering,

performance space for musicians that

performance and recording

will open in early 2017.

production. “We started thinking about

The new venture will bring back the old spirit of competition that

things like recording,” he explains.

existed during the Roller Drome’s

“Hopefully we will be able to generate

heyday, but with a new name and

some decent performance groups from

twist. The Rink Studios is more than

the rehearsal studios by giving them

a studio space; Kennedy envisions

input on how to set up a PA system,

it as a music incubator for local

or how to work together as a group.” While studio spaces will draw local

musicians that will offer a potentially international audience through

musicians looking for a place to jam,

livestreaming online.

record or store their instruments, The

Kennedy admits the idea behind

Rink Studios will also invite music

The Rink Studios has broadened in

lovers to attend live performances

scope since he first began searching

held on the rink’s original floor, which

for a rehearsal space for his band,

was built in 1926. Kennedy says the

The Refurbs, which performs covers

venue will accommodate up to 500

of “everything from Billie Holiday to

standing and 300 seated people. The stage will be open for Tuesday-

Billy Idol,” he says.

night performances for local bands,

“When I was in high school and

and Mondays will be a free movie

college, I played in garage bands here or there. When I started getting

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Developer Greg Kennedy plans on turning Roller Drome into The Rink Studios. Photos courtesy of Jenn Bartell Photography.

back into music a few years ago, I

“when my band started playing in my

decided that I’m too fussy to play in

living room, it was annoying to my

a garage or somebody’s living room,”


he explains. Also, Kennedy chuckles,

night open to the community. But the biggest draw at The Rink Studios is a live-performance competition that operates on a similar model to popular reality shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice.” The plan is to have 50 winners a year who will be invited to perform

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