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29 Dec 2009

Suisun City Jazz Club Set for Opening

By Rich Freedman, Times-Herald staff writer

Music to Demetrius Mance's ears will be music to his ears. And not a pounded nail, sawed 2-by-4 or carpeted VIP table too soon.Demetrius Mance with Jeff Trager

Mance's dream -- owning his own jazz club -- inches closer to reality as "Dimitri's Lounge By The Bay" in Suisun City is set for a New Year's Eve unveiling.

"We made it," Mance said, with a grin as big as the stage he hopes will welcome some major jazz and blues talent starting with guitarist Vernon "Ice" Back in the club debut.

"It's been a long dream of mine," Mance said of the sparkling 240-seat venue at 700 Main St.

Mance wants to bring "Yoshi's-like" talent to Suisun at least monthly with top local and regional talent filling in the rest of the calendar.

"I think we're going to do some great things," Mance said. "It takes time. We rushed and took our time. You have to make sure you have a good product."

Some of that falls into the hands of talent agent Jeff Trager of Green Valley, who confirmed Santana lead singer Tony Lindsay at Dimitri's Jan. 15.

"This club is going to be beautiful," Trager said. "It could be really cool. Now, to get the people. The key will be good, quality music and a good variety. We want to bring in bands that don't usually hit this area."

Trager tossed Pete Escovedo, Lenny Williams as definite possibilities.

"There's been a lot of local support. It's been outstanding," Mance said. "The hard part is done. I think."

Last week, Mance and Trager surveyed the club, which was about 90 percent complete.

"We'll finish the final touches and do the grand opening," said Mance, whose wife, Terry, is grateful the club is nearly complete.

"We're very excited," she said. "It's been a long, long journey to get here but we're almost there. The construction end of it has been quite challenging."

The key to the venue's initial success, said Trager, "is how it's perceived. That and the quality of music. There's nothing else up here (in the area). I think this compares to Yoshi's or Kimball's, which are two beautiful venues."

Though Mance said "we want to serve everyone, we want to stay with jazz and blues on the weekend."

It's no secret Mance believes his new joint can be a gem.

"We want to be the premier spot of Solano County. That's our goal," Mance said.

"It's very positive for the community," Terry Mance said. "The feedback has been great. They've been waiting for something like this for a long time."

The upscale club will employ roughly 15 people, Mance said.

As for the final price of the club, "I don't think Demetrius spared too much," Trager said. "You can't do this on the cheap."

For more information, call 419-5204.

Article appeared in the Vallejo Times-Herald (Dec. 27) and the Vacaville Reporter (Dec. 29)