ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Music fans are already lamenting an Atlanta without two of its most durable concert venues. A few days ago, a developer bought the property surrounding the Masquerade, the concert hall housed in an old mill on North Avenue.
And Smith's Olde Bar is getting the boot from its new property owner in Midtown, following the death of the previous longtime owner.
"Nirvana, David Bowie, Warren Zevon..." Steve LaBate is ticking off the names of venerable acts that have played at Smith's and the Masquerade. The musician and music publicist is standing on the Atlanta Beltline, overlooking the venue.
LaBate says the spirit of the Masquerade is fueled by its lively history. The gritty property hosting an electronic music festival this weekend may be hosting apartments and trendy eateries before long.