Arts & Entertainment

Pasadena Success Story, Canyon The Rose Breeds New Life in Montclair


By Terry Miller

Lance Sterling, owner of The Rose in Pasadena, the famous Canyon Club in Agoura Hills (also one in Santa Clarita), the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Libby Bowl in Ojai has really transformed the local music scene by bringing top acts to the area at prices that won’t send your bank account into a tail spin. And, at the same time guarantees the artists a better share than many other venues in California.

Now, Sterling has launched a new endeavor in Montclair.  The venue will be called Montclair Canyon, ’where the music meets the soul.’ The tentative opening date is November 30, 2018 – depending on city permits, etc.

Montclair’s new venue will be similar to The Rose in Pasadena with about 20,000 square feet devoted to the music stage, and of course, the remarkable sound system that Sterling endeavors to place in all his clubs.

What will be different is some of the artwork which will grace the new hall.  Sterling loves guitars and has a bunch, signed by artists like B.B. King, which he’ll proudly show you if you’re lucky enough.  But also has signed guitars adorning the walls of the Rose.

Montclair will be different:  There will be mannequins jutting out of the wall donning rack and roll t-shirts autographed by the stars that play the new gig.

“I have a lot of stuff that has been in my garage for years, now I have another place to show it,” Sterling said when he first opened the Rose in 2016.

With a custom sound system, lighting, and a major investment in technology, the 39,000-square-foot club features two full bars, a raised VIP area, and is not even remotely pretentious like some other L.A. area clubs that feature live bands.

One of the best things about Sterling’s talent is the ever-expanding line up … he’s always getting new acts and the prices are just about the best in California for an intimate music venue.

Having busted his chops at the House of Blues year ago, Sterling has devoted his life to musicians and the presentation thereof in a setting that is truly unique.

The JBL sound systems in Montclair will be second to none.  Visit any one of Sterling’s venues and you’ll be blown away with how great a concert experience can be.

Just to give you a taste of the upcoming talent, How about an evening With Al Jardine, Oct 14 in Pasadena; John Mayall, November 15 and Tesla Sept. 23.

More information is available at Or ticket master at (888)645-5006. Intimate gigs where you can really relate to the bands are really what it’s all about.

September 9, 2018

About Author

tmiller Terry Miller has been in the newspaper business for 35 plus years, following in the footsteps of his father who was a Foreign Correspondent for the London Daily Telegraph when the family emigrated to New York from London abroad the Queen Mary. When not shooting pictures or chasing a breaking news story, Miller spends entirely too much time and effort with Little British Sports Cars...more like an addiction, his wife of 20 years says.

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