New Entertainment Venue to Rock Portland’s Lloyd Center at Former

New Entertainment Venue to Rock Portland’s Lloyd Center at Former

Portland’s Lloyd Center could soon echo to the sounds of rock bands and comedy acts as plans for a new venue emerge. Mike Quinn, the founder of Monqui Presents, is looking to revitalize the city’s music scene by partnering with Anschutz Entertainment Group’s Denver office to develop a diverse venue. where the former Nordstrom once stood. Although the project is still in the planning stages, it is expected to breathe new life into the area. While Quinn declined to disclose project costs, she expects construction to take about a year and a half before the expected opening.

In an interview with the Portland Business Journal last Friday, Quinn revealed that the search for the perfect location spanned about seven or eight locations before settling on Lloyd Center. The venue will span 68,000 square feet with a flexible capacity of 2,000 to 4,200 people, complete with a movable stage and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. Quinn’s vision encompasses a wide range of event options: “All genres. We can get loud there, so rock bands, EDM (electronic dance music), comedy. “All sorts of things,” he explained.

The ambition driving the project reflects a keen understanding of the local cultural milieu and the needs of Portland’s vibrant music scene. “Those plans have been pretty well vetted,” Quinn said, conveying a sense of certainty about the company’s foundation and prospects when speaking to the Portland Business Journal. This initiative appears poised to fill a long-standing gap in the city’s entertainment offering and create a scalable space for a diverse range of performances.

Despite the progress and details shared, Quinn refrained from naming specific artists he would like to see take the stage, except to express a desire to perhaps host a few Jack White shows. The venue is expected to open its doors in early to mid-2026, according to Quinn’s statements, made for brevity and clarity in an edited conversation with the Business Journal. With its central location and large footprint, the former Nordstrom building at the Lloyd Center could soon become Portland’s newest live entertainment hub — assuming all goes according to plan, as KGW reports.