Topaz Tucson Done as a Venue

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The eclectic music/art venue Topaz Tucson will no longer host live musical performances after April. Topaz founders Joel and Krysta Leshefka announced the news on Temple of Cairo early Monday. The independent venue has been a major catalyst for various local bands including Prom Body:

When we opened, Tucson didn't really have a space dedicated to the types of music we were really inspired by, nor did it have a space that supported and cultivated local music as a true priority. We were consistently BLOWN AWAY after going to bars and seeing four band bills FULL of amazing touring bands, and ZERO local acts. SACRILEGE. Today there are many spaces, a thriving local scene, and we are happy to have played a role in that...and to have inspired others to use our model.

We could not be more excited to announce the release of Prom Body's Naughty by Natural on LP/CD/CASS. Out in late July, followed by a West Coast tour, we'll be busy coordinating THIS INCREDIBLE NEW RELEASE, as well as making a short video for one of the new songs.

Topaz will take a new form and will help local bands with album artwork, press, photography, merchandise and producing music videos, according to the post.

The last show at what was originally supposed to be a warehouse/storage facility off St. Mary's will be on Saturday, April 19. Katterwaul is one of the first acts to perform at Topaz, so the band will duly celebrate their new cassette release and be the last band to perform at the venue.

Tonight is one of the last opportunities to check out Topaz before it goes bye-bye. Julie Byrne, Jess Matsen (Dream Sick), LABS (LA) and Babat Guag (Jim Colby and Ryan from Ohioan) "Space Banjo" are going to be in town after performing at SXSW. Bands starts at 8 p.m. $5 cover for this all-ages show. Click here for more information.

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