The Venue Shuffle

After dallying with closure last year, Tonic is shuttering next month. Time Out NY Tonic, 1998–2007. Can experimental and avant-garde music create a viable venue? The Knitting Factory remains open, but only after mainstreaming and forgetting about jazz and experimental music.
Sin-é closes this Sunday. I, for one, won’t miss it. With sound that can be either decent or a muddy mess and lacking a full liquor license in the performance room, it is no longer a first-rate venue (if it ever was).
Irving Plaza will become the Fillmore East at Irving Plaza. Live Nation is expanding the Fillmore brand to established venues including Irving Plaza, TLA in Philadelphia and the State Theater in Detroit. Billboard reports: Live Nation Expands Fillmore Franchise In Three Cities

“Bruce Eskowitz, Live Nation’s CEO of North American Music, says the new Fllmores will hark back to that time, with signature “dark, sophisticated” red paint, the Fillmore’s distinctive chandeliers, and vintage Fillmore and Fillmore East posters throughout.
Other improvements to Irving Plaza include upgraded artist dressing rooms, a renovated VIP section with dramatically improved sightlines and the addition of plasma screens throughout the club.”

No indication that the upgrades will be anything but cosmetic and do anything to improve the mediocre sound at Irving Plaza.
And fortunately, despite rumors to the contrary, The Mercury Lounge is not closing.