The Bottom Line will remain open, at least for now. Good news!
Comments from my previous posting to Blogcritics had argued that the club’s booking and management have gone downhill in the last decade, and that closing wouldn’t be such a shame. Based on the postings on the marquee back when I lived in New York, that’s fair enough. The club should be booking Jason Mraz and Josh Rouse instead of faded older stars. In their defense, though, both Ute Lemper (!) and Odetta are in town soon, and, c’mon folks. Those ladies kick much ass. They might not be young or sexy, but that’s some good music.
Maybe a near-death experience will help reinvigorate the club and return it to prominence and quality. It will never be the Mercury Lounge, booking-wise– and it shouldn’t try– but at least it can compete with the Village Underground, Town Hall, and maybe even Tonic (if they’re smart) in the boutique music niche.