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The Downtown Scene…Gilroy The District, A Hot New Entertainment Venue T he District Theater is new to Downtown Gilroy and seems destined to have a major impact on the local music scene. Owner, Darin Dixon, is one of those people whose life is consumed by live music. Darin has an energy level that would tire most people. In addition to the new District Theater, he is the owner of the Music Tree in Morgan Hill, does sound mixing for KRTY, and plays music as often as he can. A conversation with Darin is a lesson in multi-tasking! Darin envisions The District as the place for musicians, and live performances…a local School of Rock. At the Music Tree he offers classes, recitals and workshops. The District is currently open for music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Down the road, Darin hopes to expand, offering performances on other nights. The District is, however, available for special events seven days a week. Some of the events they have hosted include birthday and anniversary parties, a birthday party for a four-year old that included a jump house and disco lights on the dance floor, a Bachelorette viewing party, Golden State Warriors’ play- off games and a benefit for a boy needing surgery. The District will soon hosta regularly scheduled “District High,” an event for high school students complete with “Moctails.” 20 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 It kind of feels like you are entering a 1920’s speakeasy as you enter the single door entrance on Monterey Road and walk down a long hallway, with an antique tiled ceiling, that opens into a 5,000 square foot space. The large black space has a raised stage and a large sunken dance floor. One side has an Academy Awards-like photo wall with the mandatory red carpet. The room is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting and lasers. There is a sound system that can handle all types of music. First time visitors usually react with “Wow.” In the back is a bar serving wine and beer. Darin Dixon is very conscious of the local connection and proudly serves local wines and California craft beers. Four of his bartenders also work at local wineries and share their knowledge of the local wines. Down the road, Darin is planning to get a full bar license. Although The District doesn’t have a kitchen, they offer food-to-order from the nearby Milias Restaurant, which delivers food from a limited menu. For more information on The District Theater go to thedistricttheater.com. The website has a complete list of upcoming events and happenings. The District Theater also has a Facebook page under the name The District. gmhtoday.com