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Temple Bar Closes, Dakota Live Music Lounge to Open

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As one of the best music venues closed its doors last month, another one began to prepare to take over the space, possibly ensuring the Westside a chance to keep its hip factor, at least in the music scene. Louis and Netty Ryan, the owners of the Temple Bar, have passed the keys on to another couple, Alex Fieglein and Sabrina Roark, who are set to be married soon, but plan on spending their time getting to know patrons at the club by bartending and developing new friendships.

The two have hired music booker Heather “Rae” Ramirez who hasn't announced a calendar yet, but has loosely sketched out a plan: jazz on Wednesdays, alternative and local acts on Thursdays, reggae and dancehall on Fridays with Shaden Tavakoli, a.k.a. “DJ Lady Sha" on the tables, all genres on Saturdays, and hip-hop on Sundays.

Will Dakota live up to the standard of the Temple Bar? That remains to be seen, but we sure hope so. Santa Monica could sure use it.

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