12-04-06

The Velvet Lounge

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On Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 12:33 AM, Nicole Mitchell at

I'm sorry to let you folks know this, but the Velvet is officially
closed as of Sunday April 9, 2006. But please don't be sad, we can
focus on the great moments to come, and we can keep Fred's spirits up
by lending our hands and hearts his way while we go to phase
two--preparing for the move.

peace,
Nicole Mitchell

Original Velvet Closes as New Location Nears Completion

Friends, fans and Fred continue work, fundraising for new venue

The Velvet Lounge, 2128 & 1/2 S. Indiana Ave., Chicago, closed
following another outstanding night of creative music on Saturday,
April 8, 2006, according to owner and musician Fred Anderson. The
Velvet will reopen soon around the corner at 67 E. Cermak Road,
between Michigan Avenue and Wabash Street. The original Velvet is
slated to be replaced by a condominium tower development.

The last sets were led by drummer Isaiah Spencer, with Junius Paul on
bass and Kevin Neighbors on tenor saxophone. The trio was visited by
Corey Wilkes on trumpet. If you have recordings or photos of this last
performance at the original Velvet, please contact the Velvet at (312)
791-9050, to share them.

In the coming days, we may be announcing additional work/moving days
and/or some Velvet artifact sale days if there is something you want
to buy, like a table or chair, or beer sign, or whatever. The opening
date of the new Velvet location will be announced soon. Please check
the Velvet Web site http://www.velvetlounge.net for announcements and
the monthly calendar, or join the Velvet email list by writing to
volunteer Stuart Mann at: Jazz.Mann@Comcast.net.

For more than a year, friends, fans and Fred have been working nonstop
to raise the funds and do the work necessary to build the new Velvet.
This has included several benefit concerts where musicians performed
pro bono, hundreds of private donors and countless volunteer work
hours. We also received a helping hand from the following
organizations, companies and venues: AACM, Architectural Artifacts,
Asian Improv, Delmark Records, the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, the
Jazz Institute of Chicago, J & L Building Maintenance, the Hideout,
Hothouse, the Jazz Showcase, the Museum of Contemporary Art,
Thrilljockey Records, 3030/Elastic Arts Foundation, and the Uptown
Snack Shop.

At the same time that we are taking a much-deserved break from the
day-to-day work, we must also continue to raise funds. Donations to
date have built, plumbed, lit and painted the basic club and bar
structure within the storefronts. However, the following costly items
have not yet been acquired and we are struggling to find a way to get
it done so the new Velvet can open fully functional, fully outfitted
and debt-free. That?s the goal.

Wish list of items to help open the Velvet

That said, we are looking for donations to acquire the following
important things:

(1) A rolling security shutter for the front door,
(2) historic Velvet wallpaper reproduction/printing from a
high-resolution scan of the original material,
(3) professional framing of four pieces of art,
(4) new speakers/PA,
(5) cd player,
(6) record player,
(7) dvd player,
(8) flat TV,
(9) general accoutrements and outfitting,
(10) runners for high-traffic areas,
(11) a rubber-backed rug for the drummers, and
(12) signage and lighting for the storefront.

If you are in a position to donate toward these items, please call the
Velvet at (312) 791-9050, or donate online via PayPal. [Insert
information or link.]

We welcome your ideas and suggestions, and would appreciate any
support in wrapping up these specific details.

Mark your calendar for upcoming gigs

We will try to post some special events from Velvet players, including
Fred?s upcoming gigs. Mark your calendar for Fred?s annual, summer
outdoor courtyard gig at the Museum of Contemporary Art with Tatsu
Aoki on bass and Isaiah Spencer on drums. The trio is scheduled for
June 13, Aug. 1, and Sept. 5, 2006.

? And for those of you who are international jetsetters, Fred will be
playing in Warsaw, Poland, on June 25, 2006, with Hamid Drake on drums
and William Parker on bass. This is a continuing reunion of their
Vision Festival trio that came together years ago in the ongoing
creative music forum and annual festival that Parker helped create in
New York ? and which continues to flourish.

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