As many of you may have heard, the long standing Raleigh music venue, The Brewery, will be shutting down after tonight's (July 29) show featuring, appropriately enough, Embracing Goodbye. Current, Set Apart, A Kiss For Jersey, The Demonstration and Sent By Raven will also play.
On Monday, August 1 the building is set to be demolished by a local contractor who purchased the building. The venue was apparently given very little notice about the demolition. The building to the right of The Brewery on Hillsborough Street has already been demolished and the lot cleared. The lots will be used to build a new Kerr Drug store as well as other businesses.
While in recent years The Brewery became known for hosting mostly "emo," "screamo" and other such bands, in the past, they were a big stepping stone for acts of many styles. Everyone from Sheryl Crow to Black Flag have played there. I personally saw The Mighty Mighty Bosstones there back in 2000, which was quite a show.
Owner Tom Taylor hasn't ruled out reopening the venue elsewhere in the future, but there are no plans for that as of now. So for now, we bid it farewell.