And just like that, another iconic landmark closes.
Manhattan rent has been driving out famous city spots —like Sunshine Cinema, Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and Guy Fieri’s restaurant to name only a few. Now, B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill will be added to that list.
In a recent statement, the chief operating office Tsion Bensusan said:
“Despite many sold out shows, the location’s rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue’s legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square’s revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn’t taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all.”
After 18, the final performance will take place on April 29 with Buddy Guy as the headliner. The schedule for the venue’s final show are as follows:
BB King Blues Club Closing Week Celebration
Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh with Special Guests
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic with Special Guests
April 29: The Final Show
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