A bird is the perfect symbol for ‘The Refuge’, since it has been known to represent peace and safety.

At 7 pm on Friday the 7th, St. John’s Lutheran Church in downtown was transformed into an impressive sight. ‘The Refuge’ opened its doors to those interested in seeing live music entertainment. A little different than your average concert, performances at The Refuge give all guests an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Sacramento’s amazing musicians.

Located on 1723 L Street, The Refuge is an all-age music venue that prides itself on maintaining a safe, wholesome environment. Friendly volunteers man the snack bar and help out with just about everything else. With a strict no alcohol and no drug policy, the Refuge is a good place for Sacramento’s youth to go for entertainment.

“I started going to The Refuge about four years ago,” said Justin Chambers, a behind-the-scenes volunteer at The Refuge who has also performed with the band ‘Black and White’. “I remember hearing the band ‘The Prestige’ play for the first time and it was simply amazing. The Refuge is an amazing place where a lot of bands have gotten their start.”

Friday’s event included the musical talents of four different bands; Old Screen Door, The Hungry, Crow Canyon, and Four Days Out. The performances of the night were an interesting blend of both rock and alternative. In fact, in its time, The Refuge has introduced Sacramento citizens to anything from the indie singers Autumn Sky and Ricky Berger, to The General’s rock band. The blend of music that the venue brings is impressive and worth checking out if you’re at all interested in music.

If you would like to know more about The Refuge and keep posted on future concerts, you can visit their Facebook page here.