Cactus Jacks Nightclub general manager Rob Medves wants to bring more “big city” acts to the music scene in Kamloops.
“[Live music in] Kamloops has always been the same thing every night. It’s the same bands, same DJs. There’s nothing really too exciting about it. [We want to] keep the small town vibe, but add a little big city to it too,” Medves said.
Medves has added some new features to the club, hoping the changes will attract and accommodate bigger names. Upping the variety of acts was a huge factor in going forward with the extensive renovations, which cost the nightclub approximately $50,000.
The new layout features a stage, DJ booth and dance floor in place of the old VIP seating area. The old stage and dance floor is now converted into seating. The new design allows for a better traffic flow during the peak hours.
All renovations are complete with the exception of the last piece, a state-of-the-art LED lighting system, which is currently delayed at customs.
The closest comparable local venue for live music is the Blue Grotto. Medves explained that CJs has a good rapport with the Blue Grotto and doesn’t try to book bands at the same time.
Regarding the recent opening of the popular Shark Club, Medves appreciates the competition. He believes that it keeps clubs in Kamloops from “getting stale.”
CJs booking agent Mikael Finley is open to bringing in electronic DJs, rock, country, hip-hop, comedy acts and other genres in order to cater to different age groups.
Looking ahead, CJs will be hosting the big-name acts of Aaron Pritchett, Big Wreck and SonReal.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article misspelled the name of the performer SonReal.