Posted in music | venues on May 4, 2011

by BBG

Haymaker at Sonar (more by BBG)
Haymaker

"We here at Sonar regret to inform you that we are no longer able to operate as a venue. Mr. Lonnie Fisher, corporate owner of Sonar, has shut the building down. He has refused to renew the liquor license and the corporate charter for 407 Saratoga Inc. All of the money in our account went into paying our taxes with the promise of the license being renewed and transferred to the new owners."-[Sonar's Facebook]
Sonar, a major Baltimore venue, issued the above statement today regarding their future. Upcoming shows scheduled to take place at the venue include Odd Future, Shellac, Nicole Atkins, Deftones/Dillinger Escape Plan, and Talib Kweli who was supposed to play Sonar tonight.

The venue is also supposed to house the upcoming Maryland Death Fest. MDF issued the following statement:

"Yes, we know about Sonar. It was just brought to our attention. Please DO NOT panic. The festival will still go on as planned. If Sonar does not end up working, we already have a alternative site in the same area that would have a similar set up, so you do not need to worry, and you do not need to consider changing plans. More info about this is expected to be posted on Friday."
Followed by this update just minutes ago:
"In just a few hours, we've managed to get some positive news regarding a new fest location. Everything should be wrapped up in the next couple of days. If the plan stays as is, you will not need to change your hotel plans, etc."
We'll let you know how things progress.

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Comments (19)

No offense, but it seems like people in general are having a great time in life and are not concerned about their careers.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 5:46 PM

I was hoping RIP Terminal 5

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 5:48 PM

no sausage for you

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 5:50 PM

This the equivalent of Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg shutting down for Baltimore. This fucking sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 6:00 PM

Good riddance to Sonar. Worst venue I ever went to. Left before the show even began, it was such a disgusting place.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 6:09 PM

^option 1) your statement is complete bullshit. Option 2) you are a monumental pussy.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 6:28 PM

I'm sad to hear that Sonar is closing down, as I've attended many great shows there throughout the years. But I am glad to know that MDF is still happening, I'd be pissed if I didn't get to see the legendary Neurosis in concert.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 6:48 PM

Talib Kweli moved to Bourbon Street...that's about a block away from Sonar.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 7:48 PM

The only thing less give a shit worthy than Baltimore is Philadelphia.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 7:52 PM

Untrue, Cleveland or anyplace in Ohio.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:24 PM

I think I went to a raVe at Sonar sometime in the mid-nineties, but it's hard to recall the details because I was smoking double-dippys at the time.

Posted by Anonymous | May 4, 2011 11:40 PM

so very cool of you 11.40

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 1:13 AM

this place ruled! sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 9:27 AM

oops, thought I stumbled on to baltimorevegan.com for second there. Turns out I just don't care about this.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 9:40 AM

i thought bmore couldnt get much worse

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 9:58 AM

at least its not ottobar, my all time favorite venue. thats the one thing i miss about baltimore

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 9:59 AM

Baltimore is more Brooklyn than Brooklyn these days. Truth.

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 10:43 AM

^this

Posted by Anonymous | May 5, 2011 12:07 PM

@10:43. YES! Truth.

Posted by Rw | May 6, 2011 7:34 PM

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