UPDATE: Goldenvoice has released an official statement. See the bottom of the post.
Say it isn't so. The Music Box at The Fonda seems to have been shuttered overnight.
As our very own Lina Lecaro's blog LA Slush reported this morning, the legendary music venue on Hollywood Blvd. was packed up earlier today. A "Closed for Inventory" sign was hung on the door; meanwhile, the sound system, lighting, and bar all were broken down and taken from the building.
We knew something was unusual when we checked the Music Box's site Monday and found nothing listed for January but a club night running every Wednesday. Apparently, sources associated with the venue agreed. They acknowledge "there were a couple red flags," but nothing ominous enough to assume the club was closing. "The staff had been told that the venue was working on a new agreement with the landlord and it would be settled soon - not uncommon for venues in LA," another Weekly scribe, Diamond Bodine Fischer, notes.
One of Fischer's sources revealed that after last January's run of "The Pee-Wee Herman Show" was moved from the Music Box to L.A. Live's Club Nokia, two of the three owners decided to sell their shares and exit the business.
Again, not uncommon for venues in LA. When the new owners were brought in nobody informed the landlord of the change. It was only after the death of one of the past owners that the landlord became aware. For months the current owners and the landlord clashed until finally, the landlord served an eviction.
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Tickets for the German DJ ATB's show at the Music Box, which is being promoted by Electric Daisy Carnival giant Insomniac, are scheduled to go on sale tomorrow. There is no notice of a cancellation on the ticket site despite there being no mention of the show on the Music Box's monthly calendar.
Calls to the Music Box's management have not been returned yet.
See below for Goldenvoice's official statement.
For Immediate Release
January 6th, 2012
At this time, it is our understanding that the closing of The Music Box is a short term closure, please be patient with us as we work out the details as they pertain to our previously scheduled shows.