Thursday, November 5, 2009

Forget it, Jake â?? it was Music Town

Posted on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 3:37 PM

A late entry for our Dia de los Muertos feature:

RIP Music Town (April 2, 2007 - November 6, 2009)

Sniff. One of the city's best record stores closes shop at midnight tomorrow, leaving musicians with one less place to sell their music and San Antonians with one less cool hangout/music venue. You can probably guess the reason for its premature death.

"Rent went up," owner Brent Evans says immediately, but quickly decides it's more complicated than that â?? more like a series of unfortunate economic events ending in an eviction notice.

"Well, let me start again," he says. "First of all, the recession hit. So sales have dropped pretty steadily since January. And then Smoothie King closed next door, so that kind of made my end of the center dead. I didn't have as much brick traffic. And then, on top of all that, the landlord raised the rent. â?¦ I told him, look this is gonna be pretty tough for me to hang on. And sure enough I started getting behind."

Friday will be Music Town's last day. It's disappearing instead of relocating, Evans says, because he just can't afford to operate it anymore. The timing couldn't have been much worse.

"If it had worked out where I made it through Christmas and then in April just not renewed the lease, I probably would have moved," he says, "but since this happened so suddenly and without any big Christmas payoff, I kind of got a lot of debt on my hands."

Prospects for Evans opening another record store look pretty grim at the moment, he says.

"I guess I just got to find a straight job," he says, and laughs. "You don't know anyone that's hiring, do you?"

The store will be open Friday from noon until midnight for one final clearance sale and concert which Evans hopes will raise enough money to support him until he finds another income source. Check out the flyer below for details and watch for a blog from the sale tomorrow afternoon.

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