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December 15, 2008

Bedrock is closed

bedrock baltimoreBedrock, the massive bar and lounge at 401 W. Baltimore St., is closed.

They're tearing the place apart today, I'm told.

Not sure why, though. I called manager Sam Chaney but haven't heard back from him.

Bedrock opened in mid-2006 as a billiards hall, then morphed into a live music club. If I had to guess, I'd say it tried to be too many things at once and never caught on with one particular crowd.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:15 PM | | Comments (29)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


The irony is that there's a huge banner ad for a Bedrock event on the 18th immediately above this blog.

They were on the West-Side.

Dunn -- Yes, I'll bet the location has a lot to do with it. That area is generally low key at night unless there's a hippodrome show or baseball game going on.

However, it's coming around. I wonder if Bedrock could have stuck around for another year or two, would business have picked up?

Since we have literally 10 shows booked there in January and February, and one on December 28th with guaranteed crowds of 225 to 350, this is obviously a big problem, if true.

Location and the inability to promote themselves effectively and or book acts on a regular basis that have enough of an audience that will become repeat customers.

Sam, have you tried to contact Steez Promo?

DJsoulgiver, I'm going to call Evan at Steez and see what he's going to do about the shows he had booked there. Sam Chaney did call me back to confirm that Bedrock is indeed closed.


Please update when you hear. We may have to use the same alternative venue that Steez is using, as well.


Spoke with Evan from Steez. He said they're not too worried, because they didn't have that many shows booked. He's looking into some other venues and plans to cancel some of the shows.


Can you shoot me a quick email with your email address. Want to talk to you quickly off-line.

Huckas might be closed too. Drove by there at around 10:30 on Sat night and the entire place was shut down.

Does this mean the Sidecar Grill that's attached to it is closed too?


R.I.P. The Vault
R.I.P. Bedrock
R.I.P. ...?

place has never quite worked...

Good shows but small crowdsin the early 90s as the Bank
The a metal/rock club as the Funnel

never knew it was a billard hall for a bit. didn't go back far enough.

You forgot The Funnel and before that The Bank.

I will say that I saw System of A Down and Incubus there when it was The Vault. Now that was pretty darn cool.

Unfortunately, that place will never survive. No parking. Bad neighborhood. No residents to make it their hang out.

The show this Thursday will indeed be cancelled. We are working on finding alternative venues for all other shows that were at the venue. We don't anticipate Jungle Bells to be canceled or any of the national shows we had there in 2009. Please feel free to email me for updates. Thanks,

Evan - feel free to move any of those shows to our roof deck.

Oh yeah, The Bank. I had forgotten about that. I never even knew about The Funnel - truly you are a historian ESH.

Hucka's isn't closed ... walked by last night and there was a person or two inside playing pool, and all the TVs were on

ATTENTION: The show that was scheduled for 19 December with aFREUDIANSLIP, Bob, Seventh Seal, Rest Among Ruins, and Demolition Faction HAS MOVED TO MACS!! 525 Eastern Ave. Essex, MD 21221

What roof deck? if there are any venue avails please email me directly at

Evan - It was the funnel when the brother of the owner of The Bank took over the club. Then Jack and Nicola bought the place and kept the name The Funnel for a little while and then rebranded it The Vault.

I think that the old owner, Jack, really did a great job in keeping the club a viable live music venue. He fought the city from taking it through eminent domain and had a business plan so that both the club and the bands could make money.

Problem was that no one wanted to go there then and no one wants to go there now. It's just a location that is not gonna work for a club.

Time to try something else.

Ahhh okay, thanks JD. Maybe they shut down super early b/c of lack of business that night, b/c I swear the entire place was locked up, lights off, when I went by on Saturday night. Can't be a good sign for them at any rate...

Is their enough/any bars/venues that have live entertainment that any of you would recommend?
A quick scan of the previous posts seem to be list of obits of places that didn't/couldn't make it whatever the reason.

Bars/Venues in Baltimore that have live entertainment that are good (or at least decent):

The Ottobar
The Sidebar
Rams Head Live!
The 8x10

I'm probably missing a few...

Here are a few others:

Windup Space
Metro Gallery
Joe Squared
Talking Head Club
Black Hole
Creative Alliance

Anyone looking to book (or move) an event due to the closure may contact me for available dates at Sonar & we'll see what we can get done. / 410-366-1362

Re Huckas... Apparently they have been having some issues with the health department:

2324 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD
Mouse and roach infestation; improper handwashing procedures; improper procedures for protecting foods from contamination; unsanitary conditions
Closed: November 29, 2008
Re-opened: December 3, 2008

I'm glad to have gotten in one last show in at Bedrock before it shutdown. Thanks for the alternative venue info. I look forward to performing at some of those spots soon.


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