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