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May 19, 2011

The Hexagon Space loses its lease, to close in July

The Hexagon Space, the Station North gallery and music space, will close in July after losing its lease.

The announcement was made on the venue's website. 

"Baltimore has supported us through thick & thin, and we thank every band, artist, volunteer, and audience member who has helped us survive to this point," the statement said.

Only four events were scheduled past July 1, including a volunteer meeting.

We'd gotten a tip about the possible closing earlier this week, but a request for comment from manager Stephanie Refo was not returned. 

The Hexagon Space, which is run by a collective of volunteers, had been at 1825 N. Street, for nearly three years, taking over from the Lo-Fi Club, which closed in July 2008. 

In that time, it hosted art exhibits as well as musicians, most recently, the rapper Height in April. 

Joy Martin is listed as the landlord of the building in state property records. Joy bought the building in 2002 for $75,000. 

After ASCAP threatened the venue with a $3,000 fine for improper use of copyrighted songs, volunteers took it non-profit last year and stopped paying ASCAP fees, becoming one of the only music venues in the country to do so. 

Until its July 1 closing date, volunteers will continue booking shows. 

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Posted by Erik Maza at 2:20 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


How's the zodiac doing joy? Or that soda shop on the corner? Now the Hex? This woman is the Cordish of Station North, except their properties stay up and running. jeesh!

The Hexagon is responsible for its fate, not the landlord. Just ask some of the neighbors what has been going on there recently.

i heard people were climbing up the fire escape and going wild on the roof. not responsible at all.

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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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