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For mother and Sacramento Bee political editor Amy Chance, journalism is just a day job. At night, she helps organize a space called The Refuge for young musicians to display their talent.

It came about while Chance was driving her son, Brett Chance, drummer for Jammie-award-winning band Dead Scott, to Club Retro in Orangevale. Located in a church, Club Retro is a space where young bands can play to an all-ages crowd.

"It’s surprising that there isn’t an all-ages venue in Midtown," she said she thought. Pleased with the Club Retro experience, she brought the idea up with her own church, St. John’s Lutheran, located at 1701 L St.

The church group consulted Jeff von Kaenel, President and CEO of Sacramento News and Review, as well as Pastor Matthew Oliver of Club Retro.

Members of the church, the youth director and the young people decided to call the project The Refuge, and it was born. The all-ages venue will open Friday, and is booked for two more concerts next month.

"The whole team of parents and youth will be doing the staging, lighting and setup (for Friday’s concert)," Chance said. "It basically is a place where younger musicians can play, and high school students can listen to live music."

In addition, she said there will be snacks and a coffee bar called Cafe Rwanda that will donate all proceeds to the Mumea Hospital project in Rwanda.

"I’m curious to see the venue," added Justin Farren, a Sammie-nominated singer/songwriter who headlines Friday’s show.

The show begins at 7 p.m., and the cost is $8.

Here is the lineup for the shows at the Refuge, 1723 L St.:

Friday, June 19

Justin Farren, AYO, 61 Trees, Zachariah Holt.

Friday, July 3

Will Craig, Dead Scott, The Squires

Friday, July 17

Autumn Sky, The Shreds, Northern Lights, Josiah James

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