Last year we got word that the iconic Brooklyn venue 285 Kent was shutting down. It was a blow to the local scene that was at least somewhat mitigated by the knowledge that you could see a whole lot of similar bands around the corner at yet another great DIY spot, Death By Audio. Unfortunately DBA has announced today that 2014 will be its last year — the venue will shut its doors for good on November 22. There has been discussion of a potential relocation, but nothing concrete as of now. The news came in the following statement via booker and DBA leader Edan Wilber’s website.
After seven years of operation Death By Audio will close on November 22, 2014. Running this space has been an incredible undertaking and a joy since day one. We have been fortunate enough to host bands from all over the US and the world nearly every night of the week. Amazingly, we’ve hosted in excess of 1000 acts a year for the past seven years. The effect pedal company will remain open and relocate to a temporary space until we find a more permanent home.
When we first moved onto south 2nd street the only things on our block were a used police car lot and several empty buildings. Now there are a half dozen expensive restaurants, bars, a daycare center and a new condo building (that was an empty lot when we moved in). All ages DIY music venues are almost by definition temporary, and we feel fortunate to have lasted in this space for this long. We knew from the beginning that it couldn’t last forever and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has preformed or attended any of our shows. We are still weighing options about what happens next and will let everyone know more about the future of Death By Audio as soon as we can.
Our closing party starts Wednesday Sept 10 and we will have great programing for these last 75 days. We are looking forward to putting on some really incredible shows to send off what has been one of the greatest undertakings of our lives. We hope to see you there.
Edan and Matt
P.S. If you’re in Hot Snakes please get in touch.
[Photo by Andrew St. Clair/Brooklyn Vegan.]