Posted in music | venues on March 28, 2012


Ithaca's "home of live music" posted the following message on Facebook:

Dear Ithaca,

Looks like the Castaways are getting off the island.

After 6 years of battling and 2 years of "negotiation", we have worn out our welcome and the landlords are not renewing our lease. Obviously, not all the rumors you hear are going to be true. Sure, some will be, but we assure you that we have paid every month of rent that was due. With the new West End zoning on the horizon, the long term investment in an aged, unmaintained building does not make sense. After years of rotting pipes, a leaky roof, insufficient "fixes", and all the mold up in the ceiling that resulted, we can no longer take it. As the 2nd highest rent in the West End, it feels like we are paying for a nice Volvo and driving around in a old Yugo. We look back with pride at what we have done to clean up this place, at the money we raised over the years for the Finger Lakes Cancer Resource Center, the many families in need who held benefits with us, for the Chamber of Commerce fundraisers for the Waterfront Trail, and at all of the incredible, wonderful music we have shared together over the years as a community. It isn't over yet but we wanted to thank everyone who has been part of our family. That's you! Later this Spring, Castaways will have its final last call on the waterfront. But first, lets have a really kick-ass April.

Gonna need a new home once that Hydrilia takes over anyway, right? ;)|head

Still Lots and Lots of Love,


Meanwhile, you can still catch a show (like Rasputina on April 5th). RIP Castaways.



Comments (25)


Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 7:18 PM

RIP, I will remember all those times I noticed – while viewing tour itineraries – a band I liked was playing your club before or after they hit NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 7:21 PM

:( good times here in college. Two good times, but still good times.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 7:28 PM

I guess being situated between the railroad tracks, some boathouses, and the Cayuga inlet doesn't quite cut it, but really too bad this place is closing...

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 7:56 PM

Do they have hummus in Ithica?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 8:43 PM

It's ithAca.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 8:49 PM

Actually, it's shithAca

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 10:20 PM

Yeah, i like it so much..

Posted by french furniture | March 28, 2012 10:34 PM

so do they have hummus?

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 11:16 PM

My band played here a few years ago. We got paid our guarantee plus about 50%. The club owners said they had a ton of people showcup and they were all drinking a lot and the club made good cash that night. And they actually flowed some of that money to us. It was unreal. Cool place.

Posted by Anonymous | March 28, 2012 11:55 PM

This is too bad. I've seen plenty of great shows there. Even the lackluster acoustics had a certain charm. Hopefully Dan Smalls Presents will find some other worthwhile venues to keep good shows coming to upstate NY.

This was more than a stop before or after NYC, it had it's own following. I frequently drove down from Rochester to see shows here.

And yes, there's plenty of hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 12:05 AM


Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 12:53 AM

This is awful. Despite the hit-or-miss sound, this was one of the best places ever to see a show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 9:59 AM

saw girl talk there during halloween my freshman year of college. still one of the best nights ive ever had.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 10:25 AM

Castaways was the shit. They booked a great variety of acts, had really caring management and the crowds would go wild without any sense of irony.

It will be missed.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 10:48 AM

This is sad news, but that club has been a shadow of its former self when it was Max's...Pavement and Superchunk were the average caliber of bands that played there.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 11:34 AM

this makes me sad

Posted by boo. | March 29, 2012 11:41 AM

Wasnt this Key West once upon a time too?

Posted by Ajax | March 29, 2012 2:08 PM

Dan Smalls Presents pockets a lot of money from artists, everyone in town knows it but no one does anything about it because they all get free shows when they kiss his ass. Pretty sad really.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 2:31 PM

Yes, there is hummus in Ithaca, however they employ a rather odd ingredient up there. Sure it has the chickpeas, tahini, and olive oil, but they also add a dash of flax oil which at times makes it a tad oiley, but I appreciate the omega 3s.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 5:20 PM

Ajax - yes it was

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2012 9:51 PM

amzing music it's. like very much, thank yu for share.

Posted by javaindo | April 13, 2012 11:55 PM

Damn im not really a club person but ima tell you ireally liked the atmosphere i used to come to see MIDNITE THERE AND SOJA PEACE TO CASTAWAYS!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 17, 2012 2:47 PM

May the owner's keep on rocken' in a blues kinda way.
And the memories keep on liven'

Posted by rrmminn | March 2, 2013 1:29 PM

it can't always work out

Posted by jordon | August 4, 2013 2:05 PM

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