In case there was a question about the Showbox shutting down, here's what longtime talent buyer at the venue, Chad Queirolo had to say on the matter this morning:
It used to be once a year an especially virulent rumor that the Showbox lease would end in March. This has been happening for at least ten years now! Unfortunately, the rumor now circulates on about a 90 day basis. It usually starts with a blog and like the game "telephone" mutates until it eventually becomes an undeniable fact. We then field one or two hundred phone call from bands , band management, agents, radio, print, television , industry mags etc. all asking why we are closing the following day? Its tremendously disruptive for any small business to go through this not once but a dozen times in a decade.
Please take note. The Showbox building has not been sold. We have a new five year lease on top of our current lease at The Market location as well as a 15 year lease at the Sodo location. We hope this answers everyone's questions until someone after five drinks in any hipster bar winks and whispers,"hey, have you heard about the Showbox?" whereupon we will drop everything and address the rumor...again.