We received a very sad email today from Adam Ydstie, who let us know that the underground venue that they created in Tacoma known as the Warehouse, is being shut down. We’ve enjoyed a very great relationship with The Warehouse and it has almost seemed that every show done there was involved with Artist Home and our bands in some capacity. Tacoma really needs a venue like this and it is heartbreaking to see a community so ripe with talent have to continue to fall victim to irresponsibly run venues that lack desire in being a part of building a music community, but rather just want to exploit it.
Drew Grow & The Pastors' Wives performing at Tacoma Round #7 hosted at the Warehouse in November
Below is the release Adam Ydstie and the venue managers are releasing explaining the closure.
After 5 months of serving our community and providing an alternative space for music and art to occur we are sad to say that we have been shut down. From this point forward, the Warehouse is closed and we are all being asked to vacate. This is very sad and unfortunate. But, such is the world of underground and DIY venues. We have thoroughly enjoyed opening our home to you Tacoma and the many amazing artists that have come through town. These last few months have been incredible and more than we could have asked for. For now, all of the events on our calendar will be moved to new locations around town, so keep following our updates on Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace.
While the dream is being squelched by an individual man, we will not let the man bring this endeavor to bring good music to the people of Tacoma to an end. We are continuing to dream and are planning to open in a new and perhaps even better way in the near future, so please stay in the loop. We only hope that you, our community will continue to support us, and more importantly the artists who come to our city.
We couldn’t have done what we managed to do in the last few months without those who lived in the space before it and nurtured it into the venue that it has become as of late. The Warehouse has been around for quite a few years and has been responsible for the cultivation of the arts in our community. For a good run down of its history grab February’s City Arts before it disappears!
Again, we want to thank each person who entered those doors and who supported the place in both small ways and in big ways. We thank you from the deepest part of our souls.
Damn the man, save the Warehouse!