I don’t have a whole lot of info on this one, except that the venue is closing. I heard from a few folks this morning that owner Ken Klehm told them the Rocket Club would close this week. He apparently made an informal announcement at the Monday night Asheville Jazz Orchestra show.
Klehm emailed me to say it was true, and this week would be the Rocket Club’s last.
The venue had kind of a rocky start, with a much-delayed opening in 2007 in what would turn out to be a burgeoning area. Situated between Harvest Records and The Admiral, and near Custom, West Asheville Izzy’s, an herbalism school and a number of artists studios, it helped set the tone for the so-called East-West Asheville neighborhood.
It’s hosted a number of awesome shows lately (Monotonix and Visqueen, for two) and had a few on the summer schedule that I hate won’t be happening.