CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A popular music club in downtown Cedar Falls is closing this spring, though local musicians hope someone will take over the venue.
Marcus Kjeldsen, owner of The Hub Live Music Club, announced in an email that he's closing in May so that he can spend more time with his family.
Kjeldsen said scheduled performances will go on as planned, and other bands are welcome to play the remaining open dates.
“I will try to cram as many shows as possible into the last few months in order to accommodate everyone who would like to play,” he wrote.
The Hub has hosted hundreds of local and touring performers since it opened in 2007. Area musicians say the club's closing would diminish the live music scene.
“It's unfortunate we're going to lose Cedar Falls' best large-format performance venue,” said Ross Klemz, a drummer for the band Dylan Sires and Neighbors.
Musicians said the venue provided a stage for new bands.
“(Kjeldsen) did a great job getting people to come out and listen to untested live music,” said John Thomson, a member of the band Checker and the Bluetones. “It's going to be sorely missed.”