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The Monarch continues with plans to become prime indoor concert venue after Brue show

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Oct 20, 2021

Deann Armes, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Sammy Brue plays high-energy punk-folk with new band Brue during a concert Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at The Monarch.

Last week, Sammy Brue’s new band, Brue, played its first concert in Ogden with support from Imag!nary Friendz and future.exboyfriend. The high-energy show was one of the first of its kind at The Monarch, and there will be more to come to the all-ages venue.

The concert was held in the Royal Room, the largest event space in the building, located on the upper floor at the top of a still-existing ramp inside the 1920s indoor car garage. The stage was set up in the center of the west wall, with a northside bar stocked with craft beers and seltzers for attendees over age 21 and seating along the east wall and south windows. A spacious standing room area in front of the stage was filled with people for the duration of the show.

The event organizer for the Brue concert, Rick Westover, was pleased with the turnout on Thursday and looks forward to seeing more concerts happen at The Monarch. “It was nice to see young kids enjoying a nice concert venue,” he said.

After Westover, a longtime live music supporter, saw the snOwFOAM 2020 concert with Amy Helm, presented by Ogden Friends of Acoustic Music at The Monarch, he wanted to help bring more live music to the venue but COVID-19 set those plans back. Now, Westover and the entire Monarch team are excited for what’s to come very soon.

The Monarch recently invested in the sound and lighting system to enhance the concert experience in the Royal Room. Caleb Wendt, owner of UTaudio and sound engineer for The Monarch, who ran the sound for the Brue show, said the show went well given the direction The Monarch is moving with upgrading the room’s sound control and with the bands who brought “such a great vibe and energy to the room.”

Deann Armes, Special to the Standard-Examiner

Brue, with Imag!nary Friendz and future.exboyfriend, brought fans of all ages to the The Monarch last Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, for their debut show in Ogden.

“As an engineer, it can be so deflating when bands don’t bring their best. But these guys are putting Ogden’s music in the light,” Wendt said. “I still have their music in my head.”

It was an experience to see three up-and-coming bands, who all have a strong following, play in an Ogden venue where their young fans can attend. There was a lot of excitement about having a new venue that all ages can enjoy as well as the lighting, setup and improved sound in the venue.

“The Royal Room is challenging to mix, but doable,” Wendt said. “I am excited to be moving into the next phase of production in the Royal Room as we are installing sound treatment to help control the abrasive frequencies.”

After the positive feedback from the Brue show, The Monarch team is moving forward swiftly with plans to bring more shows. Musicians, producers and concertgoers are excited to have an indoor concert venue that is all ages in the Ogden area.

Sammy Brue plays high-energy punk-folk with new band Brue during a concert Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at The Monarch.

Sammy Brue shares a laugh with a concert attendees after playing Thursday night, Oct. 14, 2021, at The Monarch.

Brue with Imag!nary Friendz and future.exboyfriend brought fans of all ages to the The Monarch last Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.

Imag!nary Friendz opens for Sammy Brue's new band, Brue, during a concert Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, at The Monarch.

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