Some sad news from the folks at IOTA Club: the Clarendon-based music venue is set to close its doors after 23 years of business, according to ARL now. Its last day is September 30, when IOTA’s lease expires.
Last year, Market Common Clarendon–the mixed-use development where IOTA Club sits–was sold to Regency Centers, who announced a major redevelopment plan for the space. In response to the news, a group of residents launched the “Save IOTA” campaign to protest their pending plans. While Regency Centers offered IOTA Club owners Jane Negrey Inge and Stephen V. Negrey a lease extension, they decided that it wasn’t financially feasible to relocate the venue temporarily, pay for its renovations and potentially pay higher rental fees upon their return.
IOTA will have a closing party on September 30, although details have not been announced yet.
The venue is one of the most established in the area, bringing in local and nationally-acclaimed acts like Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Norah Jones. This weekend IOTA is gearing up to host two Red Cross benefit shows to support hurricane victims on Friday and Saturday.