Harpers Ferry to close

, Staff

Allston nightclub Harpers Ferry, a mainstay of Boston’s music scene for forty years, announced this past weekend that they would be permanently shutting their doors at the end of the month. The club’s general manager, Andrew Wolan, speaking to the Boston Herald, said that the venue’s landlord had decided not to renew their lease, after attempts over the past few months to work something out fell through.

The news comes much to the chagrin of fans and musicians alike. Harpers Ferry has played host to the likes of Aerosmith, Sister Hazel, and Kool Keith, and provided local acts with a space to play to energetic and supportive crowds. Its Brighton Ave location, often saturated with students at night, has historically provided exposure to bands who would otherwise have had a more difficult time selling tickets. Customers, in turn, have through the years enjoyed its inexpensive tickets relaxed atmosphere. The venue’s closure leaves room for another middle-sized venue, such as Great Scott, to become a major stepping stone for up-and-coming bands traveling through Boston.

Shows will run through Halloween night, when Harpers Ferry’s final act is scheduled to be the Soul Rebels Brass band. Wolan has said something may potentially be in the works for a finale, though as of yet nothing has been officially announced.

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