Monday, September 21, 2015

Live music venue closing after two decades

Tremont Music Hall is the latest local music casualty of development in Charlotte. The SouthEnd venue will close after a twenty year run in December, announced owner John Hayes earlier today. Hayes, the venue's third owner, has operated the club for the last five years.

The building, located at 400 W. Tremont Ave., has been sold as development in the SouthEnd neighborhood continues to move down South and Tryon. It was recently announced that the same thing is happening to the prosperous 1500 block of Camden Road which houses Black Sheep, Sirrus Salon, and the neighboring Common Market on Tryon as well as hosts Food Truck Fridays.

Tremont will end its near 21-year run with a local show December 19.

In 2014 the historic Reflection Sound Studio on Central Ave. was sold. The recording studio where James Brown, R.E.M., Whitney Houston, and Robert Plant once recorded is now the site of a towering construction project, one of several condo and apartment complexes being erected on the outskirts of downtown. In March, it was announced that proposed redevelopment in the NoDa neighborhood would force another live music venue - Chop Shop - to close.

"Not only has it been my great honor to own Tremont the past five years but it has been a greater joy to get to know the many fine musicians, wrestlers, and comedians that Tremont has hosted," says Hayes. "Sadly, some things must change as economic prosperity moves into South End. My hope is that the 20 years of Tremont Music Hall will be remembered fondly; as we have worked very hard to make everyone who came through the doors feel like part of the Tremont Family."