It’s always tough to start a new business. But, trying to do so during the COVID pandemic just sounds like a horrible idea. However, if you have the drive that Rick and Angie Wolf have, that wasn’t an obstacle. With an outstanding staff that shared their vision, things turned out better than expected.
Columbus has long been a musical mecca. Acts such as Starset, 21 Pilots and Beartooth have made huge waves of late.
Fans, including myself, have flocked to the Capital City for years to witness live music. Venues such as the Newport and of course Alrosa Villa were huge draws. The latter began business in the 70’s. Unfortunately they closed earlier this year and placed on the market, leaving a huge void.
Enter the Wolf’s and The King of Clubs. Rick, known by many as QBall, was the lead vocalist of the band, XFactor1. XF1 had some success nationally in the mid 2000’s which included three performances at Rock on the Range. So, Rick knew what it was like to be in a touring band. He used his vast experiences to come up with what he thought was the perfect music venue.
With the full support of his wife Angie, the two embarked on putting their vision to work. After many months of preparation and hard work, the couple finally saw their hard work pay off on March 12 with a soft opening headlined by the aforementioned XFactor1. That show was added after the demand for the original opening date (13th) was overwhelming. Local bands, Nine Mile Silence, Artifax and Liquid6Teen also played both nights for a crowd that was Jonesing for live music.
TKOC capped the opening weekend on Sunday by hosting the Gahanna School of Rock. Kids of various ages showed off their talents by performing to a nice sized crowd.
Things started strong on that chilly weekend in March and have continued to grow. National recording artist, Tantric played a two-night performance earlier this month. Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl) brought his southern rock band, Jesse James & Dixie Inc., to TKOC as did country artist Craig Campbell.
Upcoming shows include Lita Ford, Buckcherry, Hed PE and RA just to name a few.
Rick and Angie have worked incredibly hard, with the assistance of an unbelievable staff, to achieve what they have thus far. That’s to ensure Columbus is a place national acts want to perform and more importantly, the fans continue to flock that way as well. That’s why when they say ‘you’re treated like royalty’ it is more than just a catch phrase. Hear and see for yourself by watching the video interview below.
Until next time, this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/