Dear local music fans, just thought we'd let you know a piece of your youth is about to die. Hogue Barmichael's is closing. This Saturday will be the last show ever for Newport Beach's all-ages venue in the shadow of John Wayne Airport and we have to say we're kinda sad about it (although we're not totally shocked). Even after the venue's extensive, much needed remodel over three years ago, the yeoman's work of keeping the place filled with under-age bands and local unknowns must be getting tougher and tougher to sustain.
via Yelp R.I.P. Hogue's
First opened in 1992 by Gary Folgner (also the owner of the Coach House), Hogue's has been a rite of passage for local acts--mostly wobbly-legged teenage bands looking to play their first shows. In some cases, those bands have grown and gone on to bigger things and occasionally grace the place with a hometown show. It was also the place a lot of underage kids can remember getting branded with those neon wristbands and hands marked with stamps and big black "X" s (which we would always try like hell to wash off with foolish hopes of buying a beer).More »