LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Iconic venue the Satellite, formerly named Spaceland, announced Thursday it will no longer host live music events and will instead focus on serving food and beverage.
Jeff Wolfram, who has owned the venue located at 1717 Silver Lake Blvd. for 50 years, was forced to shutter its doors on his birthday in March when shutdown orders were put in place.READ MORE: LA City Council Presented With Motion To Suspend Ridley-Thomas
“I’ve had some amazing times. Seen some amazing bands come thru here,” Wolfram said.
The club, known for launching local bands, has been graced by performers such as Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, and Gotye.
On Thursday, a message on the venue’s website announced the transformation stating, “I am sorry to say that we will no longer be doing live shows or dance parties. We would like to thank you for all the support you have shown us over the years.”
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To all of the Satellite fans out there, I am sorry to say that we will no longer be doing live shows or dance parties. We would like to thank you for all the support you have shown us over the years. We shut our doors March 12 after the bands started canceling shows due to the corona virus and the Government shutting down the bars and nightclubs just a few days later. It has really hit us hard. We can no longer afford to wait for the day we will be allowed to have shows again. If we do that, we will not have the money to continue and will be forced to close forever. We are currently removing the stage and redesigning the club to be more of a place to get good quality drinks and food. We will be re-opening the kitchen and doing a complete redesign. Due to the lack of funds, this will not happen quickly. We will be opening in the parking lot for food and drinks as soon as we have the kitchen re-opened or the government lets us hire a food truck. We hope you will still support us during these tough times. It personally has been an amazing 25 years of live music and dance parties. I will miss those days but it is time for us to move on. I would hope that you will support groups like NIVA. They are trying to raise support in Congress and the Senate to help out all the Independent clubs in the US so they do not have to change format like we did or just close the doors forever. Go to their site and show your support so we can start going to shows again!
“We shut our doors March 12 after the bands started canceling shows due to the coronavirus and the Government shutting down the bars and nightclubs just a few days later. It has really hit us hard. We can no longer afford to wait for the day we will be allowed to have shows again. If we do that, we will not have the money to continue and will be forced to close forever.”READ MORE: VA Provides Veterans Experiencing Homelessness With Showers, Meals At Mini Tent City
The venue said it is currently removing the stage and redesigning the club to focus on food and beverage.
“I mean do we wait around until January or February to throw a show or do we figure out something else to do,” Wolfram said.
They also said that they would re-open their kitchen with a new design but due to the lack of funds the transformation will not happen quickly.
The parking lot will be open for food and drinks once the kitchen is “reopened or the government lets us hire a food truck.”
“I’m heartbroken,” said Silverlake resident Adrienne Childress. “I’ve had many good nights there and seen so many great artists so it’s a real shame.”MORE NEWS: Gov. Newsom Extends Drought Emergency Declaration Statewide
“It’s literally the reason I moved to Silverlake,” said resident Brett Rubin.”