Red Sea Restaurant, Basement Venue the Underground Closed

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Ian reported a few weeks ago that venerable Loop restaurant Red Sea appeared to have closed.

But the Underground -- the venue in the basement of the Ethiopian restaurant -- published a MySpace blog earlier today that simply says:

The Underground is currently closed as a venue space due to the Red Sea Lounge proprietor's legal problems and subsequent cowardly flight. We hope to be leasing the space soon or working with other investors to reopen the space. On a positive note, the "Red Sea" lounge and its proprietor are gone from the local music industry, in all likelihood out of the business forever. Rejoice.

The Underground isn't quite going away, though. Another blog says that it'll be booking shows at Cicero's and at new venue the Wedge -- which I hear is hoping to open next weekend (October 10-11). Read on:

We are currently booking weekly shows at Cicero's including a Folk/Roots night and an upcoming weekly series featuring new material & projects involving some familiar St. Louis faces. These dates are listed on the calendar.

Also, the new home base for the UX team in STL is the soon-to-open venue The Wedge, on Bates & Virginia in South City. The venue offers 18+ and all-ages events, indie, punk, metal, garage, alt-country etc. and excellent sound & staging, with an upstairs music room/bar and downstairs lounge reminiscent of the old Hi-Pointe.

Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday late shows are available for booking via this page/Kurt's myspace email on this account. We are also booking a 3 - 7 PM non-pay to play all-ages show each Saturday that you will want to ask about if you play in a high school band or a newly formed college act of any genre.

Thanks for reading and we look forward to working with everyone at The Wedge and at Cicero's, and hopefully a revamped Underground space in the near future. Interested bands, please write this myspace or call Kurt at 314-962-0649.

-- Annie Zaleski

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