Posted in music | venues on January 19, 2012

Court Tavern

The Court Tavern is closed indefinitely, owner Bobby Albert said on Wednesday.

The venerable New Brunswick club was shut on Wednesday. Albert declined to comment further on the club's closing when reached at his North Brunswick home.

There was no notice of its closing posted at the club at 124 Church St., its website or its Facebook page. Music promoter Andy "Diamond" De Nicolo said that he was not alerted of the club's closing, nor did he known how the situation would affect upcoming shows scheduled there, including the high-profile concert by city punk legends Ensign on Friday. [myCentralJersey.com]

Bad news for NJ, New Brunswick, Rutgers and music in general.

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Comments (88)

bah. place was a dump. diamond's an idiot. boo fucking hoo.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:11 AM

noooooooo

Posted by my head | January 19, 2012 2:38 AM

First the Roxy, then the Melody, and now the Court.
Brunswick ain't got nothing good no mo. :(

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:51 AM

1st problem was Andy Diamond himself. He was a complete disorganized ass to deal with as compared to the old booker.

Sad because that place was cheap and had lots of good shows over the years.

NB Rutgers kids were a problem too. They never supported their local shit in any real way. That's why Melody and all the record stores went away.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 5:54 AM

City punk legends Ensign? First 7" was tight, should of hung it up after that. Singer's an angry little dude; whines alot too...

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 6:36 AM

Saw some cool shows there over the years,Humpers , Untamed Youth. Fave gig was when the chick from Nashville Pussy blew fire and lit some guys hair on fire. Amazing the court has hung in there this long.......

Posted by Blag | January 19, 2012 6:54 AM

WHAT?!? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:18 AM

I had a lot of memorable nights there. Will always remember the fun.

Posted by Tommy Strazza | January 19, 2012 8:40 AM

Did the closing have to do with the places notorious mob connections?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:12 AM

Sad.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:31 AM

This is awful. This place means a lot to a lot of people. Any hope of someone buying it with the intent to save it?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:34 AM

@9:12 The "mob" you're thinking of is the big parking lot next door, which has been trying to buy them out for years.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:40 AM

talk shit all you want, but this place had a million great shows. my favorite shithole.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:13 AM

My band played there one night a few summers back. What a cheap, creepy place. though I did enjoy swiping beers from the back storage room where they had us stash our equipment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:15 AM

WHAT NOOO!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:20 AM

That town and school have the stench of mediocrity anyway. No reason to ever be there.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:21 AM

@10:21 you're an idiot, I bet you live in a little white suburb in south jersey

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:22 AM

@10:21 = From Ohio.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:28 AM

Nice try. New Brunswick is a dump. Rutgers is a dump. The grease trucks are kind of tasty though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:32 AM

what a huge disappointment

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:34 AM

Yeah anyone trying to defend New Brunswick or Rutgers is the total idiot here. Those places reek of shit.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:37 AM

I wonder what the meanest doorguy in the world is going to do now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:38 AM

if a bar "means a lot" to you, I'd say GET A LIFE

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:39 AM

Even though some of my friends have had good experiences with him, I will NOT miss that asshole door-guy.

Posted by v-rod | January 19, 2012 10:39 AM

I hate to say it, but I am surprised it lasted this long. I had a lot of great memories there, but time to move on.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:40 AM

SCREAMING MALES!!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:42 AM

@10:39 not just a bar

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:44 AM

Great place to play, what a shame.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:45 AM

love the levels maturity in the commentary....

[sarcasm off]

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:51 AM

"My band played there one night a few summers back. What a cheap, creepy place. though I did enjoy swiping beers from the back storage room where they had us stash our equipment."


let me guess, you're still an opening act and you're not sure why all these assholes never invite you to play again?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 10:55 AM

"My band played there one night a few summers back. What a cheap, creepy place. though I did enjoy swiping beers from the back storage room where they had us stash our equipment."

let me guess, you're still an opening act and you're not sure why all these assholes never invite you to play again?

Nope, the name's James Murphy and I actually played MSG last spring. maybe you heard about it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:11 AM

10:21 is from Cape May.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:12 AM

for better or for worse it was an important spot to a lot of people and bands. No hating here...cept on that "bro" who was cool enough to steal beers and brag about it...

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:13 AM

"If a bar "means a lot" to you, I'd say GET A LIFE."

As much as I am an avid bar-hopper/borderline alcoholic, I totally agree with this sentiment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:14 AM

"if a bar "means a lot" to you, I'd say GET A LIFE"

This cool guy is from the middle of PA and never been anywhere but Philly.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:15 AM

11:11 wow, bro, nice one - you got him.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:16 AM

11:12 whats wrong with cape may?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:20 AM

Yeah, so Diamond is a sleazy asshole, and the doorman was the worst of curmudgeons I've ever had to deal with. Fact still is, I had many great nights there, both playing and seeing bands, and this is a HUGE loss for NJ and indie rock in general.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:21 AM

This is a sad day for New Jersey kids who couldn't get into a good college.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:27 AM

Sure are a lot of anonymous people with shit to say and tiny little axes to grind, but ... well, look at what site I'm on.

The end of the Court was clearly inevitable, but the loss of ANY venue, let alone a highly accessible and occasionally friendly venue/bar, is tragic for anyone who appreciates music more than internet pirating and message boards.

Posted by Adam | January 19, 2012 11:45 AM

Although the Court Tavern will be missed, New Brunswick/Rutgers is far from the most exciting area of New Jersey. Maybe 15 years ago but not now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:47 AM

Adam, Thank you for putting your name to your comment. Unlike all the anonymous commenters, everyone can certainly identify you now from that distinct signature. How refreshing and brave you are.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:53 AM

^ Well said, 11:53.

Posted by Anonymous #243754 (aka the Steve who grew up in NJ) | January 19, 2012 11:56 AM

I'm local my whole life. Played music my whole life. I wish I could feel snooty about this, but humility always gets the best of me. I have no reason to be snooty or tongue-in-cheek about a place that was a decent local outlet for music. Smelled like poop, oh well, Andy is a mess, oh well, door guy sad and angry, oh well prob had to deal w epic drunk assholes most of the time. Nicest sound guy ever = GABE!!! Gabe is the shit. Him and Maxwell's sound guy should have a battle royale for nicest/most skilled sound guy. From a man who devoted his life to music in a relatively unsuccessful way, it always felt nice to know that at least the Court was there. I'll always remember hazel eyes of the little beauty in the audience watching and smiling as she danced. It's all gone, what is next?? Let's see...vacuums need to be filled.

Posted by Corby Tenders | January 19, 2012 12:05 PM

So the Patti Smith benefit concert wasn't enough, huh? Figures.

Posted by Blg | January 19, 2012 12:06 PM

New Brunswick needs another starbucks

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:21 PM

Word has it Lana Del Rey will be opening a new cool bar/venue in New Brunswick after coping with her failed career.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:46 PM

@12:05 I second everything you said. that guy Gabe rocked it the time we played. that place was great fun and far better to deal with the occasional problem, then cheez fakeazz glasslands!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:48 PM

12:05 - nice shout out to Gabe. Good sound guy and good guy all around!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 12:53 PM

Sad news. NB punk will now have to remain in the basements. Gabe is a great guy and an old friend of mine. He actually toured with Ween and did sound for them. What's with the RU hate? Probably bitter dropouts who couldn't hack it.

Posted by Crom | January 19, 2012 1:05 PM

There are people who can't hack it at Rutgers? Even their football players graduate.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:08 PM

Whatever.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:09 PM

I loved everything about that place. The food was even good. A true Rock Palace for Rutgers.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:13 PM

When Cafe news/Cafe 52 burned down the entire town kinda took a turn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:14 PM

How's the hummus scene in New Brunswick? Because, really, if a burgh is on top of its chick pea game, little else matters. The people will follow. Oh yes, they will follow.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:33 PM

The man from RU HUNGRY Grease TRUCKS made a bid today to make it a hookah house.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:41 PM

I'd have a hard time not thinking about trying to buy the place if it were up for sale.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:54 PM

FYI basement shows in Hub City are a thing of the past, aside from a few here and there. They are broken up by the cops instantly. Glory days of basement shows are over. Sorry kids - you missed out.

By the way, the Court was a great place to go for lunch when serving jury duty!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 1:57 PM

+1 "1st problem was Andy Diamond himself. He was a complete disorganized ass to deal with as compared to the old booker."

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:03 PM

1:57 - not true. My band has played a few great basement shows in NB the past month. You just need to know where they are and who puts them on. But you're probably right that it isn't the same as it once was.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:22 PM

@12:05 - Thanks man, that was a sweet, nostalgic post.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:24 PM

It is up for sale on Loop net dot com.

The price seems high.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:30 PM

"I'd have a hard time not thinking about trying to buy the place if it were up for sale."


Ditto.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:34 PM

I wonder where the snotty assholes on this board went to college? Yeah what a shithole that major research university is! Eat a bag of cancerous dicks.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:45 PM

@1:57 - ask a punk

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 2:54 PM

I heard that a researcher at Rutgers cured cancer in bags of dicks. He was a Princeton grad though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 3:00 PM

As a kid (3-5) I would get very excited when we drove to New Jersey. My dad's friend had a huge yard and a train ran behind it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 3:57 PM

anyone who hates the court is a fucking dumb ass. Gabe is the shit.

PAVEMENT played their first show ever there!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:10 PM

I made my first ever hummus in a shitty, mouse-infested apartment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:30 PM

"it's just a bar, get a life"

screw you.. the courts not just a bar. a lot of great bands played in that basement and a few have even seen some pretty decent success. for music fans that place actually does mean a lot, there's a lot of history. sorry we don't waste our time at the old queens drinking jager bombs and getting denied by college sluts.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:35 PM

get a life, dork

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 4:45 PM

Sucks big time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 8:28 PM

Yawn.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 9:17 PM

The Court was an institution and truly a great dump. So so many great shows there over the years. A true bummer.

The Melody gang still gets together. Don't forget the Roxy and Bowlodrome.

Fuck. Good, good times.

Fuck the haters.

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:02 PM

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:05 PM

The Melody gang still gets together? I had no idea that growing the fuck up was so difficult. Does everyone rub Matt Pinfield's head and get three wishes?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:05 PM

Cheap thrills!

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:06 PM

Hey buh-dee, you want fat cat?

Posted by Anonymous | January 19, 2012 11:08 PM

Yo i did KBK in the court tavern BR. true story...

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 12:35 AM

anyone who disses the court is a sellout piece of shit. RIP

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 7:00 AM

The Court, Melody and Cheap Thrills was the pefect Friday nites in the 80's. Sad all three are gone :(

Posted by Anonymous | January 20, 2012 9:17 AM

I gotta say it's huge loss for live Rock Music. It was the CBGB's of Central Jersey. The sound was always awesome and if couldn't hack the attitude there you might well fold into your gina. How can you argue with a soundman who would tell you to turn-up?

If you never played there it's your loss and mine for not being able to do it again. Who knows though stranger things have happened.

Posted by Daviso | January 20, 2012 3:33 PM

Shout out to Andy Diamond for always giving bands a place to play and helping to keep the music scene going in NJ

Posted by Anonymous | January 23, 2012 1:13 PM

mudhoney/soundgarden show there was a top 10 show of all time

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2012 3:06 PM

some one broke - in the door side panal,so any one can squease in.maybe a fire is next ?

Posted by john doe | March 17, 2012 11:36 PM

Yo I used to walk the fuck out of Court Tavern on the reg...

Posted by Anonymous | March 18, 2012 3:37 AM

To clear up a little something, NY was NEVER onsale at arcadefire.com today. I was refreshing all morning and it wasn't there. Whether it was ever supposed to be or not is the confusion. Merge said it would and neither they nor Arcade Fire has said anything to clear that up.

Posted by Arab Ladies | September 27, 2012 1:51 AM

That town and school have the stench of mediocrity anyway. No reason to ever be there.

Posted by Robkzi | May 17, 2013 7:27 AM

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