The Riot Room closes after more than a decade of live music

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Metropolis music group is saying goodbye to a beloved venue.

The Riot Room in Westport closed its doorways after 13 years of internet hosting reside music.

Brandon Mickey stated he has attended tons of of reveals on the venue through the years and performed a lot of his personal.

“You actually had every thing that town is beneath one roof, and that was the gorgeous factor about it I assumed,” Mickey stated.

Mickey stated the enterprise has turn into his favourite music institution in Kansas Metropolis.

“It’s positively a bummer and sadly that’s simply form of the place we’re at proper now, a whole lot of these beloved locations they only didn’t make it by means of this factor and it’s unlucky,” Mickey stated.

Homeowners and brothers Tim and Dallas Gutschenritter stated a number of elements went into shutting their doorways, the COVID-19 pandemic being one in every of them.

“That positively threw a wrench within the reside music business, significantly for individuals like us who do a whole lot of touring artists. So with all these canceling it form of simply leaves an open calendar,” Dallas Gutschenritter stated.

The brothers utilized for funding by means of the Save our Phases Act. The invoice authorizes the Small Enterprise Administration to make grants eligible to reside music venues. Nonetheless, the brothers did not obtain the cash earlier than having to shut.

“We’re form of at midnight about a whole lot of that, so we’re not too certain when or if that may occur however as of the doorways shutting we now have not obtained something but,” Dallas Gutschenritter stated.

He stated the venue would seemingly nonetheless be open had the brothers obtained the funding.

“It’s a bummer. The Riot Room is certainly a spot in Kansas Metropolis that may be a platform for lots of people to not solely carry out and categorical their artwork however group house the place lots of people get collectively,” Dallas Gutschenritter stated.

Whereas the brothers are unhappy to see the doorways closed, they hope to open an identical venue in one other location.

They’re grateful to their clients and performers through the years who say the identical factor about them.

“It was all the time only a actually nice time, they took care of everybody and never solely do I communicate for myself however all of Kansas Metropolis once we say thanks and we’re positively going to overlook you,” Mickey stated.

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