Southgate House in Newport to close

NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - With little explanation, the operators of top Tri-State music venue The Southgate House have announced the club in the historic mansion in Newport will soon close.

Here is a statement from the Southgate House website:

"We are sad to announce that after 30 years in continuous operation as a music venue under the ownership and operation of Ross Raleigh, the Southgate House will host its last show on New Years Eve, Dec. 31 2011.

We look forward to opening our business in a new location soon.

Thank you for the wonderful memories and your support. "

For years now the Southgate House has been a top local venue for punk, alternative, folk, and other less-commercial forms of music.

There is no explanation for closing, but it's creating conversation on social media sites. Over 500 comments have been posted on the venue's Facebook page.

There are several events and concerts happening at the venue throughout the month of December. For a calendar, visit the Southgate House website.

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