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November 30th, 2011 By Mike Breen | Music | Posted In: Local Music, Music News

Southgate House to Shut Down Jan. 1 (UPDATED)

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One of the most notable music venues in the region, Newport's historic Southgate House, has announced it will close its doors for good after a Dec. 31 show headlined by locally-based/internationally-acclaimed Punk band The Dopamines. A press release sent out Monday night (and a posting on the club's web site) announced that "after more than thirty years in continuous operation as a music and arts venue," the Southgate House will be shut down, though no reason was given.

Details on future plans were also vague; the release says owner Ross Raleigh is hoping to "relocate" the venue in 2012 and that more information would be available soon. The full press release — and an update — are below.

(Newport, KY) After more than thirty years in continuous operation
as a music and arts venue under the ownership and operation of Ross
Raleigh, the Southgate House will host its last show on New Year’s
Eve, December 31, 2011.

“While we are deeply saddened to close 24 E. Third Street, it’s been a
great run and it’s been a great privilege to be the steward of such a
grand building all these years,” Raleigh said. “There have been many
great memories made here, but the history is in the people and the
music, not just the building, and the show must go on.”

Raleigh hopes to relocate his business in 2012. More information will
be released about this soon.

The Historic Southgate House has become one of the region’s and the
nation’s most recognized concert venues, equally popular with music
fans and musicians due to its historic charm, independent ownership,
friendly management and staff and consistently diverse line-up of
local, regional and national touring acts and willingness to host a
wide array of musical genres from bluegrass to punk. The venue also
played host to art showings, comedy, frequent charity events, CD
release shows and a variety of other popular entertainment.

The final Southgate House show is a jam-packed punk and rock whole
house line-up featuring local punk favorites The Dopamines 5-Year
Anniversary Show with Dear Landlord, Banderas, Vacation, The Frankl
Project, Mixtapes, White Walls, New Creases, Be My Doppelganger,
SHIVS, Army Coach, Loudmouth, Billy Wallace & The Virginia Blues and
Wm. "Billy" Catfish.  Tickets are $10 advance, $15 day of show.

A full listing of the Southgate House schedule through the end of the
year is available at www.southgatehouse.com


UPDATE: Last evening, The Enquirer posted a story on its site confirming some of the info we'd been hearing about the transfer of ownership of the Southgate. Extensive legal wranglings between the siblings who own the club together ultimately led to an "undisclosed" settlement, according to the report. Though, obviously, part of the settlement involved longtime operator Ross Raleigh being forced out and his sister, Amina Lee, and brother-in-law, Roger Petersen, taking over the property (which is estimated to be worth over a million dollars).

Lee owns and operates notorious Newport (non-nude) "strip club" The Brass Ass and told the paper she offered to sell or lease the Southgate to Ross Raleigh, but he refused (an announcement for Raleigh's new location is expected soon). Lee also said, after some remodeling, she plans to rent or sell the building, and seems certain that it will remain of live music club.

But, as I mentioned in this week's Spill It column, whatever Raleigh has up his sleeve in terms of a new club — and whatever becomes of the Southgate building itself — the venue cannot be "replaced." The Southgate House era in local music is over, regardless of how everything pans out.

One thing's for certain: The Northern Kentucky music venue landscape will look drastically different in 2012.

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