Bret Bair, left, and Eric Rushing, the co-founders of Ace of Spades, sold the R Street venue to Live Nation this week. They bought the place, formerly known as Empire, in 2010.
Bret Bair, left, and Eric Rushing, the co-founders of Ace of Spades, sold the R Street venue to Live Nation this week. They bought the place, formerly known as Empire, in 2010. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com
Bret Bair, left, and Eric Rushing, the co-founders of Ace of Spades, sold the R Street venue to Live Nation this week. They bought the place, formerly known as Empire, in 2010. Lezlie Sterling lsterling@sacbee.com
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Ace of Spades a good bet for Live Nation

February 24, 2016 3:22 PM

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Erika D. Smith joined The Sacramento Bee in May 2015 after spending most of her career in the nebulous Midwest. She previously worked for The Indianapolis Star in Indiana, where, as metro columnist, she covered issues related to neighborhoods, community development, public safety and diversity. She also worked for five years at the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio. She is a native of Cleveland.

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