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Fourth Avenue's Flycatcher closing July 15 for planned high-rise

Fourth Avenue's Flycatcher closing July 15 for planned high-rise

The Flycatcher — the dark little nightclub on the corner of East Sixth Street and North Fourth Avenue that nurtured many a local singer-songwriter of all genres — will serve its last frothy beer and final live performance July 15.

For the first time in at least two decades, that corner spot will not be home to live music and cold cocktails. Instead, the property could be leveled to make way for a multistory apartment complex being proposed by Tennessee-based EdR, one of the country’s largest developers of collegiate housing. The 250-unit Union on Sixth could be built on North Fourth Avenue between East Sixth and Seventh streets.

Flycatcher, 340 E. Sixth St., late Sunday announced hours for its final two weeks: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. It will be closed on Monday, July 9.

Among the artists to grace the stage in its final days will be a triple bill of Red Light Cameras out of Albuquerque, and Tucson’s own La Cerca and Street Blues, Saturday, July 7; and “Stand Up Or Shut Up: It’s A Yuckfest with Kev!” Sunday, July 8. Admission is free and both begin at 9 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older.

When Flycatcher turns off the lights for the final time on July 15, it will be the first time in at least two decades that live music has not been performed from the back room of the city’s perennial downtown dive bar.

The club has been The Flycatcher since spring of 2014. Before that, for nearly 14 years, it was known as Plush, a club that leaned heavily to punk and alternative rock. And before that it had a reputation of being cool and hip as the Café Sweetwater night club.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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