Sunday, November 19, 2006

CLUB ALEGRIA TO CLOSE

I don't have any details yet, but I just learned that Club Alegria on Agua Fria is going to close. The big question of WHY so far isn't known.

Here's the e-mail from manager Zia Cross:

Hello everyone,
It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you all that Alegría will be closing forever.

This news came suddenly to me so I am passing it along as quickly as I can to inform you of our final shows. I hope everyone can come out one last time (or 3…).
Thank you to all who have come out and showed your support. Also much thanks to the media and especially to all of the great musicians and DJ’s who have played and tried to help make Alegría a success. We are sad to say goodbye.
Thank you, I hope to see you all soon.
Zia

She goes on to list the final three shows scheduled:

*Tuesday: ''We Are The Village'' music and art benefit party for Modesto’s Huichol family’s community in Nayarit, Mexico. It is to raise money for adequate water and sanitation. Children have come down with cholera and many are sick and have open sores and lice. Performers include The Keven Zeornig Project, Ricardin, Andromeda Crash, Miquel y Thelma, Ben Joaquin, The Dixon All Star Band, The Revolutionary No Water Blues Band, Hickory Strongheart, and Bob and Jodie Arellanoand Chispa. DJ Vita

* Friday: A "Farewell party" featuring Xoe Fitgerald Time Travelling Transvestite (Joe West has something to do with that) and D-Numbers with DJ Feathericci.

* Friday, Dec. 8 Public Enemy. PUBLIC ENEMY???!!!! That's what it says, folks. Bring the noise!

I'm ashamed to say I haven't been to Alegria since Zia took it over a few months ago. I remember some great shows there in th '90s -- Mike Watt with The Geraldine Fibbers, Wilco (banc when they were a country band), Billy Joe (and Eddie) Shaver, Joe Ely, The Tragically Hip, etc. I'm sorry to see it close.

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