Stage 18, a local music venue, announced plans to close its doors in a Facebook post two days after its second anniversary.
Stage 18 located at 18 E Center St. in downtown Fayetteville, opened Jan. 19, 2017 and houses performances for live music, comedy, theatre and visual art. Stage 18 is a place for the community to come together for the purpose of appreciating and celebrating local art and performances, according to its Facebook page.
The post included a video with a list of all shows performed there, a slideshow and a list of final shows.
David Embree, the owner of Stage 18, was glad he could facilitate art and watch the community grow. Stage 18 hosted over 350 events in the last two years, but failed to garner broad public support, Embree said in an email.
Stage 18 had received praise and good reviews from the community, Embree said, but ticket and drink sales did not match expenses.
Now that Stage 18 is closing, Embree is concerned about whether an art community can survive in Fayetteville, he said.
“We feel a good deal of heartbreak,” Embree said. “Even with all we achieved, it is hard not to view this as a failure.”
Comedians NWA has performed open mics at Stage 18 since it opened in 2017, said Stetson Banks, a booker for Comedians NWA.
“We know that they’re not done even though they may losing their physical venue,” Banks said. “Their involvement with many other things around the community will still be felt.”
Stage 18’s last show is Comedians NWA with Krish Mohan Jan. 26. Krish Mohan is a standup comedian who regularly tours the country and has been featured on NPR in New York and North Carolina.
“I think (Krish) is the perfect act to close it down,” Embree said. “He is dangerously perceptive and honest, but somehow still loving and inclusive. I've never seen a comic quite like him.”
Final Shows at Stage 18
Thu - Comedians NWA Open Mic NO COVER
Fri - Cameron Johnson // Ever More Nest // Kalyn Fay $5
Sat - Comedians NWA Presents: Krish Mohan LIVE Album Recording! $6 online $10 at the door