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Published: 2013/12/13

Philadelphia’s The Blockey to Close Its Doors

Popular Philadelphia music venue The Blockley will close its doors at the end of the year. The Chestnut Street club, which opened in 2009, released a statement on its Facebook page today explaining the situation. Evidently, The Blockley lost its liquor license on short notice. The venue is working on booking a final show at the venue for December 29 or 30, and the status of the previously scheduled 2014 shows will be determined in the near future. As previously reported, Electron featuring Marc Brownstein, Aaron Magner, Tom Hamilton and Mike Greenfield performed at the venue last night.

The Blockley’s Facebook statement reads:

Hi Friends-

It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you- The Blockley will be closing its doors after 2013.

In short- we lost our liquor license, without much notice. We’ve been negotiating it, but at this point we’re forced to move the license out of the building at year’s end. The news has blindsided our staff & family here, and it derails an experience and a community that we have been so very excited to see grow and flourish here.

In a little more than 4 years, we have seen everything there is to see. Nobody on our end could have possibly expected the sort of journey that we’ve been on; it’s not been easy for one minute, but the level of talent that has hit our stage has surpassed even the wildest expectations. The disappointment that today brings, is immense. There is no small group of people out and about, Philly & beyond, who feel a real sense of connection to The Blockley; that is what has made us who we are. There have been some really special events and moments here, in a short time- and it feels like we’re losing someone too early. It’s been REALLY fun. Individually, all of us who have built this venue from the ground up will continue to work to make a mark on the Philly music scene in a variety of ways. We sincerely thank so many of you, who have been a part of our club. It’s been an unbelievable experience, and we hope this is just the beginning.

On behalf of Chris, Ned, Nick, Jedd, Tom, Jesse, Julian, Maddy, John, Onna, Gerry, Patrick, Holly, Pat, Dan & so many more- we thank you.

We have a handful of shows left- we hope to see you at one of them!

12/13- Bilal
12/14- Splintered Sunlight
12/21- Junior Marvin (of Bob Marley & The Wailers)
12/27- Splintered Sunlight
12/28- Long Miles & Spiritual Rez
12/29 or 12/30- ??? TBD

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