4th & B’s DOORS ARE CLOSED – IS THIS IT FOR THE VENERABLE VENUE?

 

 

 

 

Since 1995, the Downtown San Diego venue 4th and B has hosted some of the finest bands to come through San Diego. As of November 26, 2012, all shows have been cancelled and the club has ceased operation. Due to various issues with its current and former owners, (way too much legalese to get into here, so we will just leave it at that), 4th & B has issued refunds for all upcoming shows they sold. Too bad because one of those dates was for rap pioneers Public Enemy.  That would have made for a fitting farewell if the downtown club is truly closing its doors for good.

4th & B got off to an unforgettable start November 30, 1995, hosting a standing-room-only show with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills, and Nash. There was no looking back from there as the club has gone on to see the likes of B.B. King, The White Stripes, Greg Allman, Los Lobos, Ringo Star, Korn, Deep Purple, Social Distortion, Beck, Elvis Costello, Duran Duran, Nick Cave, Warren Zevon, Willie Nelson and many others grace its stage. Through the years the venue hosted over 3,000 shows and saw almost 2 million come out to see some of the finest live entertainment in San Diego.

It’s a shame to see the old building close. Not ever known for the best acoustics or set up, the club went through major renovations over the last ten years improving the VIP area, lighting, and sound systems. Not to mention, because of the room’s capacity of 1,500 seats, the venue had become San Diego’s only place that could house smaller touring acts who could sell more tickets than what The Casbah, the Belly Up, or Humphrey’s By The Bay could hold.

Though it’s been a few years since I’ve seen a show there, I hate to see a venue that brings such diverse music to San Diego (rap, rock, reggae, world music) close up shop for good. 4th & B, a former First Interstate Bank building that was transformed into a thriving stop for national acts and a showcase for a wide range of musical styles, will be missed.

One Response to 4th & B’s DOORS ARE CLOSED – IS THIS IT FOR THE VENERABLE VENUE?
  1. Linda pair
    January 30, 2013 | 6:12 pm

    wow that’s hard to believe. I really love the music when I lived in San Diego but it looks like since I have left the city has fallen apart

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