Tonight’s show at IS (is the last one)

September 27th, 2009 · 6 Comments · By

There’s a show at IS tonight, with the Black Diamond Heavies, Corsair, and Channel 43. Black Diamond Heavies supposedly put on a really solid live set; Corsair are the local retro-hard-rock act whose songs are much better than that description might imply; Channel 43 are a hardcore-ish band, largely based out of Richmond, although I see at least one of their members around Cville all the time (Jim the beer delivery dude). The show is all-ages, $7 cover, and the doors should be opening… right about now.

 Also, I’ve just been told by Jacob (who confirmed it with Jeyon) that tonight is the last show at Is.  The venue opened less than a year ago in the seemingly-cursed former Starr Hill space, above what’s now Si Tapas (I’m assuming the restaurant will remain open, altough I don’t know anything about it one way or the other.) {UPDATE: It’s looking like the Restaurant is closed as well.}

While I’ve seen some OK shows there, and had some fun (most recently at the Leeroys show, late last Friday), it seemed like they never managed to make the best use of the location; while the sound quality and basic layout were an improvement over the dreadful Starr Hill, it still felt like a weird room to be in, and had the unfortunate habit of seeming mostly-empty even when it was half-full.  (Plus their drinks were overpriced, and they had a terrible name.)

So, while I can’t say “IS” was my favorite place in town, it was certainly better than the dreadful Starr Hill, whose disgusting business practices and reliably miserable concert experiences led me to boycott the venue for its final year. I’ll admit to cheering smugly when Starr Hill closed (although they bought out Satellite Ballroom immediately afterwards — which didn’t exactly work out that well, as the successful venue lost it’s lease a year later). This time around, I’m just surprised and a little disappointed to see IS fold up so soon.

While the venue’s demise is certainly bad news for local musicians (anyone know what’s happening to the long list of upcoming shows on their calendar?), I’m still uncertain about what the venue’s closing means precisely; presumably, Starr Hill Presents are going to be moving that aspect their operations over to the newly-opened Southern venue… or to any of the many other ever-present Music Today-affiliated locations in town. {EDIT: Why did I write that? IS’s shows are clearly presented by Magnus Music, not by Starr Hill… durr. This is what happens when I blog stuff up in a big hurry. Sorry for the error, folks.} I’ll provide more news or links as they become available.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jacob // Sep 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Not that I went to terribly many shows at iS, but this is a real bummer. Sorry to see them folding, especially so suddenly.

    Plans are afoot to find new homes for orphaned shows… stay tuned. I’ll try to keep everyone posted.

  • 2 sarah // Sep 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    i believe the restaurant closed, too. just drove by and saw them carting everything out.

  • 3 carleigh // Sep 28, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    While all venues have issues, including Is, it was great hall to work with because of Jeyon. He’s a wonderful promoter, very professional and has such a positive vibe, just a pleasure to work with.

    Andy is picking up several of the shows at The Southern as their schedule allows. I believe the Whiskey Rebellion / Chick Tragic & The Roosters show on 10/16 is relocating there.

    Just want to thank Jeyon for all the great shows he produced at Is and I hope Magnus Music finds a new venue.

  • 4 Vijith Assar // Sep 29, 2009 at 7:33 am

    What do you mean by the part about Starr Hill Presents “moving that aspect [of] their operations?” I’m not aware that they were ever substantially involved with iS, which has been Jeyon and his Magnus Music LLC from the beginning.

  • 5 James // Sep 29, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Um, Vijith is totally right. Why did I write that? Because I was writing in a hurry, thinking about the old Starr Hill space as a wrote, and because I am a big dumbass.

    That is correct, IS’s shows have been presented by Magnus Music LLC, not by Starr Hill. Apologies to Jeyon et al. for my hasty error.

  • 6 James // Sep 29, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Carleigh — much agreed. Whatever my thoughts on the venue, I’ve always enjoyed working with Jeyon, and I hope he continues to have a hardworking hand in local events. Thanks for the show info.