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April 4, 2008

Local High Rise closes

I'm late on this one, but I don't think anyone else has reported it yet, so here goes.

The Local High Rise, the warehouse venue in East Baltimore, closed last month.

The owners had struggled to pay rent on the place, and couldn't consistently draw crowds big enough to comfortably fill it.

"Tight now, the 18 hour days, 7 days a week is a little to much to be bringing home the negative-$2,000 paycheck every other week," said booking agent and owner Louis Lee Hoxter Jr.

I hope Hoxter sticks with the idea.

I think they could turn a profit if they found a smaller venue to work with.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:50 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Local music


no way!!! High Rise was in such a heavily trafficked, safe area too! I expected them to be around for like a decade at least. I mean, with that state of the art HVAC system!
Damn......another local icon wiped away!

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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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