It’s looking more and more like the closure of the Comet Tavern will be more than indefinite. The bar and music venue’s Facebook page displayed a sad update over the weekend — most of the Comet’s music gear is gone:
The Comet owner secretly removed the sound system and other items of value from the venue. So it looks like we are kaput unless another owner decides to lease the place from the building owner and maintain it as The Comet Tavern. In the meantime if you have a show that was booked at the Comet we are working on moving shows to other venues such as Waids on 12th and Jefferson (Mon-Fri shows), Lofi Highline and the Rendezvous (various holes) so please make sure you e-mail me (also if you are interested in creating future bills) Thanks Mamma email@example.com (until further notice)
CHS reported last week on the financial difficulties for Brian Balodis who acquired the Comet in 2007. Our attempts to contact Balodis have thus far been unsuccessful.
We have been in contact, however, with local musician — and prospective Pike/Pine tavern owner — Ian Hill who talked to the Stranger about taking over the Comet and told CHS this weekend he is still interested in saving the punk-est of Capitol Hill’s major live music venues.
Meanwhile, later this week, the Highline has stepped in to host some of the displaced Comet shows and will host a benefit for Comet employees scrambling to find work after the tavern was suddenly shuttered. Wednesday’s show features three bands with proceeds going to the Comet staff.