Posted in music on September 21, 2005

The Downtown in Farmindale

Without a fight, The Downtown in Farmingdale (Long Island, NY) just shut its doors forever...

King Diamond @ The Downtown in Farmindale "The club planned to announce the news Monday night in a mass e-mail. All concerts have been canceled, and refunds for tickets will be issued at point of purchase, according to one staffer. The owners declined to say why the club, which had booked shows through December, was shutting down.

'It's a tough business,' says Dave Glicker, a former co-owner. 'I know from operating for many years that insurance alone is almost cost-prohibitive. Especially when you're hosting very aggressive rock and roll shows....'

...The Downtown was no CBGB, but it became a goal for up-and-coming local bands. It was clean, well-lit and boasted a fine sound system. 'If you could headline there, regardless of whether you sold out, it was just a real milestone,' says Shaun Cooper, bassist for Straylight Run. 'It meant you were on your way.'" [Newsday]

* photo of King Diamond playing the club taken from the Downtown's photo archives
* people are discussing the club's closure at Punk News

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Comments (7)

sad day I saw about 25 shows there in the past 3 years.

Posted by Rob | September 21, 2005 11:25 AM

This is terrible news.

After the Vanderbilt closed, the Downtown was the only small club left on Long Island that booked moderately well know bands. Maybe Mulcahy's will pick up some of the slack, but I doubt it.

major bummer.

Posted by Chris | September 21, 2005 11:32 AM

Now if the rest of Long Island will follow suit, we'll be getting somewhere.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2005 1:25 AM

i refuse to hang out with the drunk girls in miniskirts and tube tops at the Crazy Donkey to see my beloved hard core bands

Posted by laura | September 26, 2005 4:01 PM

This is so sad. It seems so many good rock venues are closing down yet dance and hip hop clubs remain in abundance.

I agree with the above statment about the Crazy Donkey.

it's idiots like the poster that said "Now if the rest of Long Island will follow suit, we'll be getting somewhere." that drove them to close their doors. Stop pushing your values on everyone. Let people enjoy their lives as they see fit moron.

Posted by Steph | October 1, 2005 11:13 AM

I agree with " i refuse to hang out with the drunk girls in miniskirts and tube tops at the Crazy Donkey to see my beloved hard core bands". THIS IS GETTING OUT OF HAND.. all the best places on the island: BMT (in brooklyn), DOWNTOWN (in farmingdale), SAINTS AND SINNERS (in smithtown) are getting closed. And nasty hiphop clubs are opening. Even rock has been tainted by the hip hop crown at the crazy donkey. Where will i go for good music?

Posted by Lena | November 10, 2005 11:08 PM

I think that if girls want to dance around in tube tops and mini skirts then so be it god damn it.
As matter a fact I wouldnt mind if they got down on thier knees and sucked my c---.

Posted by Michael Rocco | January 18, 2006 8:12 PM

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