Band claims New Daisy Theater is shut down

Updated: Jan. 17, 2019 at 10:09 PM CST
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A musical act claims the historic New Daisy Theater has closed.

WMC reached out to the venue and yielded no answers.

We also noticed mail piling up here and their neighbors are starting to wonder too.

James Clark, owner of Eel Etc., said he hasn't seen any activity there since November.

However, he has ran into some confused patrons.

"Well on New Year's Eve, there was a young man, came in here and said he bought a ticket online for 15 dollars for a New year's eve party but the place had been closed," said Clark.

That New Year's Eve party is still advertised on the marquee and so is a concert for the duo Cherub, who was supposed to perform next Saturday.

They announced the show was cancelled on their Facebook page.

"We're so bummed to hear the New Daisy Theater has closed, and our show for January 26 has been cancelled," they wrote.

There is no sign indicating that the building is permanently closed, but there has been other issues with the concert venue recently.

Concert promoter Marcus Hill said he booked rapper Quando Rondo at the New Daisy theater for December 27.

“I showed up to find out the building had actually closed. They padlocked the building, they locked it from the inside,” said Hill.

He was shocked when he showed up for sound check and saw items being taken out of the building.

"Like stage lights, things of that nature, like furniture and stage lights, sound, microphones," said Hill.

With no warning, Hill said he had to find a new venue the day of his show.

Beale Street business owners said whatever is happening at New Daisy, they hope it will soon be resolved.

“Hopefully it will because it’s really not good for business on this end of Beale Street because it’s closed. It’s dark and usually when the lights are on there, it brings people this way,” said Clark.

WMC reached out to listed phone numbers for the co-owners of the business, Live Nation.

The company also manages shows there, as well as the Downtown Memphis Commission.

We have not heard back.

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