It will be remembered as the day the music died.
After five years of free music, one year of free stand-up comedy, and some of noise complaints, Sound Fix, a Williamsburg record store and live music venue, will end its popular concerts.
The venue built a solid reputation as a great place to hear free indie music, but complaints about noise near the Bedford Avenue and North 11th Street shop led to hearings before the State Liquor Authority.
Violations by the previous owner, whose name was still on the liquor license, pursuaded the venue’s current owner, James Bradley, to voluntarily suspend the license, pending a resolution.
For now, Bradley’s customers were saddened to lose such a vital venue. On one blog, Brooklyn Vegan, reactions were very strong.
“This city is so hostile to the arts, it’s embarrassing,” commented one reader.
Bradley is considering reviving some alcohol-free performances in the future, but for the moment, he’s focusing on his record store, where business is still going at full volume, he said.
As for the live music, he plans to keep the show going until the end of February, when the liquor license expires.