Thursday, May 26, 2011

Crosstown Station officially calls it quits

Posted By on Thu, May 26, 2011 at 9:11 AM

All good things must come to an end and so it is for Crosstown Station.

Crosstown Station, circa late 2007
  • Crosstown Station, circa late 2007

Last night, I received this statement from owner Chip Mitchell:

Crosstown Station currently operating in the building at 1522 McGee Street in Kansas City, MO will not be booking any shows after September 30th or until further notice. The landlord of the property has entered into a negotiation process with a potential buyer that would likely have a different use for the property. Crosstown Station's lease will be ending on September 30th, 2011 and while any and all deals for the property may still be pending, Crosstown Station and its partners feel it would be unethical to setup several shows after September 30th that would potentially have to be cancelled if a deal for the property were to go through.

Owner, Chip Mitchell comments, "We have a lot of great shows already planned for the next four months and will obviously try to pull out all the stops as we near what may be our final days in September. We have had a great ride here in Kansas City and put on a lot of amazing shows that might not have had a proper home without Crosstown as part of the music scene in KC. I really want to thank all of the musicians and fans that have made so many of those nights special and unique. We hope that Crosstown Station has inspired other young people and young bands to do great things here at home in Kansas City and I hope that people continue to support the other local venues and musicians. Kansas City has a great musical tradition and while popular styles and genre may change over the years, I still feel like KC has the talent and ambition to return to national prominence when it comes to live music, the arts, and our general culture and diversity. We were happy to be a part of it for the past four years and look forward to continuing to help grow the scene in other ventures. Please come out and make a few more memories with us the last four months!"

As a fresh, green Clubs Editor, I went down to the new club and checked it out during the opening weekend in December 2007. Back then, it was an ambitious project. In the shadows of the Sprint Center and down the street from the Brick, Crosstown Station would later become a major part of Crossroads music scene, setting stage for the Crossroads Music Fest, the Donkey Show and the Murder Ballad Ball.

Though Crosstown weathered a shitty economic period, the former auto warehouse simply could not stand the coolness from fickle crowds.

There are still a decent amount of buzzworthy performances scheduled throughout the summer though, including this gem, cellist/rapper/pole dancer Amanda Nicole Smith who will be gracing the stage on June 18th.

If you won't pony up $10 for this, then well, it's no wonder good places like Crosstown are going paws up.

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