In a rampant rumor which has “not” been “confirmed” by “two” “sources” now, Smalls appears to be closing after tonight to make room for Mars.Â This surprises no one for exactly two reasons:
- It was popular and unique, offering some variety to the otherwise cookie-cutter downtown area
- It’s been there over a year
As you know, any venue falling into one of those categories — let alone both — doesn’t last long downtown.Â And while Mars was pretty cool back in the day, that door was slammed shut a long time ago.Â Bringing back “Mars Remixed” just feels like a cheap publicity stunt.Â Moreover, with a seemingly booming business, it’s hard to see a good reason for Smalls to shutter.
At any rate, they’ll be missed.Â The music wasn’t entirely my thing, but it was 100% better than hearing the exact same 20 songs you hear everywhere else.Â Smalls was a breath of fresh air downtown.