Legacy Blues to close this weekend

January 18th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Members of Boom! Kinetic perform on the Legacy Blues stage in August. The venue, a dedicated home for the blues, will close after this weekend. FILE PHOTO.

After an 18-month run that included hundreds of blues shows, Legacy Blues, located in the Legacy Building just off Dickson Street in Fayetteville, will close for good after Saturday night’s shows.

According to an email sent out by restaurant officials this morning (Jan. 18), the space will be taken over by the Table Mesa group. Presumably, that means the ownership group responsible for Table Mesa Bistro in downtown Bentonville will be the new tenant.

The email does not provide a reason for the closing, only saying that ownership gained great memories “and developed a keen new respect for those who devote their lives to providing hospitality and entertainment.”

Like its name implied, Legacy Blues was a home to the blues. Acts such as Joey DeFrancesco, Grady Champion and Earnest “Guitar” Roy all performed there. And while venues such as George’s Majestic Lounge and Smoke & Barrel sometimes attract blues (or at least bluesy) bands, the departure of Legacy Blues leaves a big vacancy for that scene.

“Thanks to the many musicians who graced our stage. Northwest Arkansas is truly blessed by a tremendous music scene for which we’re grateful, and look forward to continue experiencing in the audience on Saturday nights to come, in other venues,” says the email announcing the closing.

There is no word regarding the new operators’ plans for live music there.

The live music previously scheduled for this weekend will take place. On the roster for the weekend are Adams Collins at 6 p.m. today, Keith Nicholson Trio at 10 p.m. today, Copelin Bates at 6 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 19) and Jet420 at 10 p.m. Saturday.

We wish the owners of Legacy Blues — and the tenants who will replace them — well.