Sidetracks Music Hall, a popular downtown music venue, is closing

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Sidetracks Music Hall has been open since 2017, but owners announced this week the venue will close. (Sidetrack Music Hall via Facebook)

Huntsville’s music scene has been gaining momentum as of late, and that can be largely attributed to the vast array of music venues in the city. One of those venues, unfortunately, will be closing its doors for good.

Officials with Sidetrack Music Hall in downtown Huntsville made the announcement Monday that the venue will close permanently.

A big player in the Huntsville music scene

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Sidetracks was able to book some quality local and regional touring artists. (Sidetracks Music Hall via Facebook)

Located at 415 Church St., the venue has a decent capacity at roughly 400 people, which made the space conducive to attracting some regional touring acts in addition to local musicians.

Although it is among one of the newer live music venues in the area, Sidetracks was able to bring in some notable artists to the Rocket City during its five years, including Jason Isbell, Shovels + Rope, L.A. Guns, Greta Van Fleet, Southern Culture on the Skids, Reverend Horton Heat and more.

“The rumor mill is working hard today so I’m letting you all know. Sidetracks is closing soon. It’s been a great run of five plus years with all the great people I’ve met along the way.”

Sidetracks manager Eddie Yessick

Although not confirmed, an AL.com report said the owner of the venue, Mark Komara, plans to open another club in the space occupied by Sidetracks.

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Sidetracks has been a popular music venue in Huntsville since it opened in 2017. (Sidetracks Music Hall via Facebook)

What happens now?

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Many of the artists scheduled to play at Sidetracks on upcoming dates will play at different Huntsville venues instead. (Sidetracks Music Hall via Facebook)

Sidetracks already had shows booked in the coming months, and those artists scheduled to play will mostly be rescheduled at other Huntsville venues, according to officials with Sidetracks.

Furniture Factory Bar and Grill will host Brother Cane, who was set to play Sidetracks Oct. 7, and the Thelma and the Sleaze show scheduled for Sept. 17 at Sidetracks has been changed to Rocket Republic Brewing’s downtown location.

Sidetracks will close officially at the end of the month, sources say.

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Michael Seale
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