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January 17, 2008

Changes at Sonar

Sonar on East Saratoga Street is in the middle of some pretty big changes.

Previous owner Lonnie Fisher left the warehouse club last June to become a project manager for a real estate developer.

Dan McIntosh, who opened the Talking Head Club, took over Sonar.

Things stayed pretty much the same until recently, when McIntosh parted ways with Steez Promo, one of the club's key promoters.

McIntosh said he wants to take matters into his own hands.

"I basically decided that I think I can do it better," McIntosh said. 

Last week, I spoke with Seth Hurwitz, who co-owns the 9:30 Club and I.M.P., a promotions agency that has booked shows at Sonar for years. Hurwitz sounded a little uncertain about his future with Sonar.

"I'm not sure where we're lined up there," he said. "Right now, we're doing shows at Sonar." 

(Sun photo) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:39 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


You'll notice that Sonar's website, which had previously been meticulously updated almost every day has not been touched in weeks and the last show advertised, Henry Rollins has been up for a month with out any recent additions after that.

Should be interesting to see what develops. I have heard that Justice will be playing at Sonar in March, despite the fact it isn't on their website and hasn't been advertised by the club.

Also interesting to note is the RWN Development Group website, has a 60 story condominium complex slated on their projects page for the property on which Sonar currently sits. There is no time line provided for the project. You can view it here.

Thanks for the info sam, i knew something was up. i just posted this over on my site as well. hope you don't mind me quoting you.

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