The summer of 2012 saw the end of an icon in Evansville. Fast Eddy's, the burger place and nightclub that was located directly across from our Casino Aztar. Right on the riverfront. Hundreds of patrons used to frequent the night spot. The club hosted some of the most popular bands of the tri-state.
One block away, the biggest club the tri-state has seen, Stoney's, has just closed it's doors as well. They were leasing their space from Casino Aztar. Their parent company is located in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It seems that the bigger venues are shutting down. That makes one wonder if the smaller venues will be able to continue to operate.
One also must wonder if this leaves many venues for local bands to perform in front of the public. Local bands need platforms to play, to hone their skill further, to build their brand further, either to pursue their hobby or to build their future income.
The closing down of a city's nightlife affects a lot of people. And a lot of jobs. It has far reaching implications. You have the investors that put their hard earned money into each venture. They lose their investment. You have the actual employees of each business establishment who lose their jobs, which also takes away from their ability to put food on their table for their family and pay their bills. In addition, you have the performers that frequent each venue who lose platforms to build the public awareness of who they are.
On top of all this, you have thousands of people that use the nightlife scene for their recreation. Not only is their recreational outlet diminished, but their dollars that helped other families to prosper are also gone.
What will 2013 bring for Evansville's nightlife?