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October 8, 2007

Chick Hall's to close

Chick Hall's Surf Club, a bastion of live music in Bladensburg, is closing later this month.

The farewell party is 3 p.m.-3 a.m. Oct. 13, and features more than a dozen bands playing all day. It's free, too. The club will be open until the weekend of Oct. 26, owner Chris Hall said, but if you're going to say goodbye, do it Oct. 13.

I'm sad to hear Chick Hall's is closing -- they've been around for more than 50 years. Hall said the smoking ban, not being able to sell beer after midnight anymore and the change in the area's demographics all contributed to the club's closing.

"This area used to be so full of music," he said. "We fought as long as we could.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:00 AM | | Comments (1)


I hate to see surf club close. Had some really good times there thru the years. I remember the first time I went there a mix drink was .85 that tells how long I've been going there. The only thing left will be memories.

Take care

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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