The newly remodeled Silver Star Saloon has transformed itself from a Chinese food restaurant into a bar committed to keeping it country.
Formerly The Dragon's Lair, the saloon began holding weekly concerts in September. For a $5 cover, owner Tim Erickson said country fans — whether partial to classic acoustic tunes or the more modern upbeat sound — can expect a quality show each Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Most bands booked to play the venue are from the Vancouver area. Last week it was Countryside Ride, Saturday it will be Carrie Cunningham and the Six-Shooters. The band's drummer, Derek Boone, also works at The Columbian.
After 13 years serving Chinese cuisine, Erickson became inspired to change directions this year. With 7,000 square feet and a brand-new wooden dance floor and stage, he believes his venue is the largest out-and-out country and western club in Vancouver.
Others hold country shows, but Erickson said he isn't aware of any that stick to that one genre.
"We're going pure country," Erickson said. "We are completely dedicated to that and the musicians are crazy about that."
Silver Star Saloon is at 6718 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.