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Another Nail in LES Scene: Tonic To Close?

With good news?the apprehension of the alleged killer of Nicole DuFresne by police yesterday?comes word of another possible old-school Lower East Side venue closing. Tonic, the seminal Norfolk Street music den, says it needs to raise $100,000 in the next few weeks to carry on. Full text of the plea after the jump; also, check out these links as the NYC music bloggers rally to the cause.
· Tonic Trouble [Coolfer]
· Help Save Tonic [One Louder]

Email from Tonic:

Subject: Tonic Events: Special Announcement HELP SAVE TONIC!
Since 1998 Tonic has been a haven for creative music. We have helped nurture the vital community of musicians and audiences who keep this music alive. Now we are in danger of closing and ask you to help us keep Tonic alive.

Over the past few years we have suffered a series of blows: our rent has doubled since 1998, our insurance costs have tripled, we've been robbed, and we've been plagued by the expense of maintaining a building in ill repair - including the collapse of our main sewer line. Any of these things would be challenging on their own but together they've taken a more serious toll and we are now facing the threat of eviction.

A number of outstanding musicians have come forward to help save Tonic and throughout February we will be holding a series of fundraising concerts. If Tonic has been an important venue to you, we ask that you please attend as many of these concerts as possible.

Those who cannot attend but would like to help, please consider making a contribution. For Tonic to survive we will need to raise a upwards of $100,000 in the next few weeks. Only with your support can Tonic continue playing its role in presenting this important music to its fans. Our deepest thanks.

What you can do:
attend the benefit concerts
contact us about making a contribution

For more info please go to

Come to the first fundraiser on Wednesday Feb, 02
* JOHN ZORN IMPROV starting at 8pm, $15

· Tonic Official Website []