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Ithaca music venue Castaways closing


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.

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