Armando’s live music club in Martinez to close in early February – The Mercury News

Armando’s, the popular live music club in downtown Martinez, is set to close in early February.

The announcement was made on the venue’s website:

“We are sad to announce that the owner of the building where Armando’s is located has served a 30-day eviction notice. Accordingly, Armando’s will be closed indefinitely after February 9th, 2020,” the announcement reads.

The closure is a big blow to the local music fans, who have enjoyed visiting the club for years to hear a wide variety of musical styles and genres, from blues and boogie-woogie to Western swing and jazz.

“The eccentric venue has been at or near the top of every poll of best places to hear music for years now,” says Concord resident Lou Ascatigno, who describes himself as a “loyal patron” to the club.

“Musicians who could fill much larger rooms — I just watched Dirty Cello play for hundreds, yet they make an annual pilgrimage there, for one example — choose to play there for the great sound and rabidly appreciative audiences. It is being shuttered next weekend not due to lack of patronage, but to disputes with the landlord.”

Now, it appears we have reached the end of an era.

“We have had a great time over the last 14+ years, and loved every minute! So much talent has graced our stage, and we have had tremendous love and support from the artists, the patrons and our team,” the announcement on the website reads.

Although the closure is bad news for patrons of the venue, owner Roy Jeans is reportedly “looking for an alternative location, and we are hopeful Armando’s will rise up again and continue to be a cherished part of the musical landscape in Martinez.”

The last show at the venue is Feb. 9 with the Sunday Paper, an East Bay outfit featuring former and current members of Tower Of Power, Cold Blood, Sly and the Family Stone, Santana, Herbie Hancock and Voodoo Rhythm Devils.

Other remaining shows on the calendar include Cream tribute act Fresh Cream on Feb. 3; Boogie Woogie Queen Wendy DeWitt and Friends on Feb. 5; and Western swing/cowboy music act Diablo Rhythm Wranglers on Feb. 6.

For details on all remaining shows, plus other information, visit armandosmartinez.com.

“We hope to see as many of you as possible in the remaining shows — and be on the lookout for some fun surprises as we wrap up this remarkable, historic run,” the announcement reads.

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