New live music venue: 5th String’s The Side Door

Fifth String owner John Green recently opened his business in our neighborhood at Fourth Avenue and Franklin Boulevard. At the new location, he focuses on music lessons by his many qualified instructors.

And in addition to offering lessons, Green remodeled a large room for a concert venue called The Side Door with a capacity of about 140. The entrance is about 10 feet from Norm’s Barber Shop on Fourth Avenue. The Side Door opened in late April with a concert by Eric Anderson, a folk singer performing Bob Dylan’s music. Future performances are planned for emerging artists featuring folk music and bluegrass with a variety of string instruments.

Concerts will usually be from 7 to 9 p.m. with matinees on Sunday afternoons. Local comedians may appear at the hall. Coffee, cocoa and water will be available. With a no-alcohol policy, children are welcome at the concerts.

A long break during the concert will allow patrons to get beer or pizza at the Hop Gardens Taproom next door at the Coffee Garden’s former location.

Fifth String used to be a retail store in East Sacramento selling guitars, banjos and other string instruments. Green abandoned the retail business because of competition with online retailers. John is a CPA and his office is at the new location as well.

A website is under development. Soon, customers may check or call 916 442-8282 for concert information.

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