In an “open letter to the local music community” by Jeremy Buckley, posted on the Starcityscene webboard, Buckley announced yesterday that Box Awesome is being forced from its current location at 815 O St. in Lincoln. Buckley, the genius behind Lincoln Calling and the upcoming Lincoln Invasion festival in Omaha (June 19-20), works at Box Awesome.
“For reasons we’re not exactly clear on yet, the landlord for the building that acts as the home to Box Awesome is no longer interested in having us as a tenant,” Buckley wrote. “We’ve been asked to leave the building and the landlords along with their lawyers are trying to find ways of forcing us out.”
Buckley said a court date has been set in the coming weeks and “a judge will decide either then or at a later court date when and if we have to leave the building before the end of our lease.” The lease expires at the end of October.
Buckley said if Box Awesome continues to exist through that time, the operators will consider alternate locations for the club. Of course lawyers are involved, and with lawyers come bills — large ones. Buckley’s plea: “We will need to figure out how to either pay some lawyers or allow ourselves to be harassed without recourse if we can’t pay those legal fees. If you are in a band and are interested in being a part of a series of benefit concerts to help with some of these legal fee issues, please feel free to contact us. If you have any other fundraiser ideas in particular please feel free to make suggestions.”
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There’s still no mention of this on the Box Awesome website, so for now keep an eye on the Starcityscene thread (here) for updates and other information.
I haven’t been to Box Awesome since its facelift. I’ve been pondering a trip down there just to check it out because the room looks awesome in photos and everyone I’ve talked to who has played there loves the club. BA just bagged the Cursive show for June 17, and now this bomb drops out of the blue…
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Despite this being a holiday weekend, there ain’t much going on musicwise. Atmosphere and Brother Ali are at Slowdown tonight, but the show is sold out, so if you don’t have tix, you’re out of luck.
Tomorrow, O’Leaver’s is hosting Lincoln Dickison, Steve Bartolomei and out-of-towner Malone. Show starts at 9 and costs $5.
Meanwhile, down at Slowdown Jr. Saturday night, Landing on the Moon plays with Fortnight and Thunder Power. $5, 9 p.m.
Have a good holiday.
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