Charlotte’s music scene won’t be the same come March 2017. The legendary live music venue, Amos’ Southend plans to shut their doors permanently in seven months time.
The Queen City’s historic South End is expanding. New businesses and retail shops are one their way into the community and as a result, Amos’ parking situation will become increasingly more troublesome. The present parking situation at the 27-year old venue isn’t ideal, and with less spots to go around next year, owner John Ellison doesn’t feel that the music hall can operate efficiently. Ellison voiced his sorrow in a statement posted on Facebook:
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Amos’ Southend last show will be Sat. March 4, 2017. Due to the expansion of the business and retail corridor in the Southend, Amos’ will be losing its parking in 2017 and we do not feel we can operate efficiently and fairly without any parking. The last 27 years has been tremendous and I am very proud what the Amos’ staff and I have been able to accomplish over the last 27 years.
I would like to thank all of the musicians locally and nationally for sharing their art on the Amos’ stage and their never-ending support. I would like to thank the many employees of Amos’ over the years who have been my support and backbone and who have picked me up in bad times and cheered me on in good times. Most of all I would like to thank the fans that have attended shows at Amos’ over the last 27 years, who without them, this dream that I had many years ago would have never come true. I truly would like to thank each and everyone of you.
The city will surely miss Amos’ Southend. The South End venue has been the location for countless artists over the years including Yellowcard, Bring Me The Horizon, Anberlin, Jet, Underoath, Robin Thicke, The Roots, Nas and many more.
Amos’ Southend’s final show will take place on March 4, 2017.