Goodbye, Safari Sam's*
Photo by the toe stubber via Flickr
Kevin Bronson at his Buzz Bands blog reports on the next music venue to go under. "Safari Sam’s, the east Hollywood nightclub that opened in April 2006 with grand plans and big dreams, closed quietly last week." He says that the owner has been rumored to be in debt and "the club never found its niche in booking acts that would consistently fill the venue. Last week, employees got abrupt notice that the club was being shuttered."
Interestingly enough and not necessarily related to their closure, Safari Sam's was one of two clubs to close this year that also experienced a murder. On February 10th, a 27-year-old man was stabbed to death in the parking lot of the venue. One month earlier, a man was shot dead in the parking lot of the now closed Crash Mansion in downtown. Similarly, the House of Blues in West Hollywood could be shut down by the city after a pattern of violence that has continued for a year.
Update: "Previously scheduled shows at Safari Sam's have been moved to the Regent Theatre," reports LA Underground and the LA Times just published a note on their guide for Sam's confirming the move: "as of October 2008, Safari Sam's has temporarily moved to 448 S. Main St. Expect new details and a new entry soon."