COLUMBIA — The king is selling his palace, and the public has responded.
Richard King, owner of The Blue Note, announced Wednesday that he is selling that venue and its sister stage, Mojo's, to a pair of businessmen in Wisconsin. Matt Gerding and Scott Leslie are expected to close on the deal in October.
Public response was positive for the most part, with many offering congratulations to King for his contributions to Columbia's music scene over the years.
@the_blue_note Congratulations, Richard! You're the best. Best club in Midwest, hands down. Thanks for so many great years of great bands.— Jerry Kerns (@jerrykerns) July 10, 2014
Others wished a well future for the venue and its new owners.
HOLY CRAP! KING IS SELLING THE NOTE! I hope the new owners are able to fit some MIGHTY BIG SHOES!— Phil Friess (@HomeRunPhil) July 9, 2014
Richard King is selling the Blue Note & Mojo's. I'm sure Majestic Live will do a great job and get us even more live music!— Joanna Witte (@AppraiserJWitte) July 9, 2014
At least one person found the news bittersweet.
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