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October 14, 2009

It looks like Fletcher's is closed

Midnight Sun tipster jmgiordano just drove by Fletcher's, and said the long-standing Fells Point live music club looked down for the count. Brown paper was taped to the windows -- a bad sign.

I'll see what else I can find out today. I've called co-owner Craig Boarman a couple times, but he hasn't called me back. The club's Web site isn't working, either. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Fletcher's has changed owners can could reopen as early as next month. More info here.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:18 PM | | Comments (27)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


Um, yeah. It's been closed for a few weeks now. They were hyping the last shows pretty big.

I heard the downstairs was being remodeled and the upstairs would remain open.

not even 98ROCK could save that [low-end] line up of a venue ..

Yeah, weren't they even closed before the Fells Point Festival?

Fletcher's appeared to be open during the Fells Point Fun Festival, although I had thought that the club had already closed for good. (Perhaps its last night as a club with shows and its last night as a bar were not one and the same.)

Rob, I'd heard that the loss of 98 Rock's "Noise in the Basement" shows was the straw that broke the camel's back, so perhaps 98 Rock was the ONLY thing saving that venue.

Oh right, that was the confusing thing. I heard they were closing, then they seemed to be open during FP Festival.. i hope Sam can talk to the owner and get some valid feedback..

Even their Facebook page is down! Had many great nights and memories there,things change a lot in Fells over the years...


Yea most likely that makes sense.....even when you have a whole radio station to advertise the events.. Honestly it just proves bad music fails.

There's a sign right in the window that says the original owners are closing for two weeks to remodel.

dude why don't you get out of your car and read the sign on the door - they're under new ownership and remodeling.

excellent 'reporting' be the Sun as usual.

double b,

It wasn't Sam that drove by Fletcher's; it was one of his regular tipsters. Sam already stated at the top that he's going to investigate today.

I think the real problem is that the Sun lists blog titles intermingled with regular articles, which makes the blogs look like researched, edited, reviewed, rewritten, blahblah, news stories instead of more casual space for announcements, anecdotes, photos and reader interaction.

Isn't this the same guy who said the wharf rat was going to be a yankees bar?

Going back to its previous owner and will be a dance club.

double b-
Relax! Maybe it was dark when Sam drove by? Maybe the sign wasn't there when Sam was there? He's got calls in to what he knew to be the owner. What more do you want?

Keep up the great work Sam!

Scott Hoffman, Managing Editor

Josh. no. Dif guy.
anyway, a tip is a tip is a tip. They were open for the Fest and up until yesterday had bands on the sign.
So are they open during remodeling? No. Ergo, Fletcher's is closed.
This is bar blog right? And anyone that can't differentiate between the newspaper and the blog section, that would be the section on the homepage that says..."Blogs" is an idiot.
If anything, this little tip is going to bring people to the bar when it's finished as opposed to people scratching their heads at the papered up windows and moving on possible never to return because they didn't read the tiny sign in the window.

The WORST run website about the O's ever. Hoffman's got a lot of rocks posting on this board when he runs a pathetic website. Just say one slighly negative thing about Peter Angelos or the O's and your banned on that joke of a website.

Get lost Hoffman.

I think the real problem is that the Sun lists blog titles intermingled with regular articles, which makes the blogs look like researched, edited, reviewed, rewritten, blahblah, news stories instead of more casual space for announcements, anecdotes, photos and reader interaction.

Heather, I couldn't agree more. The Sun is turning into rag rather than reputable news source.

The Sun's web site was always bad, but now it's just a bloated, incoherent mess. It's an embarassment. Hey, let's change the color of the sun from yellow to blue. People like blue. Fail. There just isn't sufficient content anymore for the Sun to have critical mass. The way that they mix blog posts with news items reminds me of bad meatloaf.

You seem to post a ton of content on this embarassing bloated, incoherent mess.

I'm just sayin...

Cardwell, I'm not talking about this blog, although I am sometimes an embarrassing, incoherent mess myself. I love this blog and some others. My criticism has to do with the design of the Sun home page and the web site in general. Compare the Sun's site to the Washington Post or NY Times. They have tons more content but are easier to navigate and have better programming behind them. Given the skimpy content of the Sun now, why does the home page load so slowly and take up twice as much memory? That's my complaint.

I get all my blog action via RSS feeds to my browser so that I can avoid the Sun home page.

A streamlined home page for the Sun seems essential as more and more people access it on iPhones etc.

I really don't go to the Post or Times' websites so I have no basis of comparison. I spend enough time at work on this blog and surfing the net. I really don't need more distractions.

I basically don't go to any newspaper web sites anymore, but I did a few months ago to compare the Sun redesign. I get my news the old fashioned way – overheard in bars.

Wow, I like the Sun's website and but I never claimed to have good taste.

Who is the new owner?

The new owner is the old owner Brian. Hes reopening the end of march/beginning of april, but not as Fletchers, as "something new". But they will still be a bills and sabres bar. If you have more questions, stop by sound garden

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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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