Goodbye, Goodbye Blue Monday

“It is a totally unpretentious venue that has devoted itself to musicians who need a space, it would be a tragedy to lose it.”

By Danielle Furfaro - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com
Retro: Like the vinyl surrounding Goodbye Blue Monday manager Kate Vandever, the venue’s business strategy is reminiscent of a different time period.  Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Retro: Like the vinyl surrounding Goodbye Blue Monday manager Kate Vandever, the venue’s business strategy is reminiscent of a different time period. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

A freewheeling and free-admission Bushwick music venue will close at the end of March unless it can come up with several thousand bucks, according to an insider.

For nine years Goodbye Blue Monday refused to follow the tried-and-true business model for concert halls — booking bands that have fans and charging for admission — and now the business owes the city $7,000 in fines that it would have to pay off before being able to renew its business license. Management says it is ready to throw in the bar towel.

“To quote the man [Goodbye Blue Monday] was named after, ‘so it goes…” the venue wrote on its Facebook page on Thursday afternoon, referencing the author Kurt Vonnegut. “Goodbye Blue Monday is closing down at the end of the month unless we can find a buyer who wants to take over ownership before then.”

Numerous acts got their start in the club, including the indie sensation Vampire Weekend and the long-running Bushwick Book Club concert series, where bands perform songs inspired by a different work of literature each month.

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