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Station Bar and Lounge closes its doors for good this weekend

May 24th, 2016
STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014Station Bar and Lounge closes its doors on Kapiolani Boulevard for good on Saturday after four and a half years in business.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Station Bar and Lounge will shut down for good on Saturday after four and a half years in business.

Not every local band has the clout to regularly pull gigs opening for mainland headliners at the Republik or the fan base to justify booking a larger room like Crossroads at Hawaiian Brian’s.

Smaller, music-focused venues like Downbeat Lounge, Anna O’Brien’s and Jazz Minds Honolulu have long provided performance opportunities for a number of new and/or up-and-coming acts. But there will be one less place for these bands to play at after Station Bar and Lounge shuts its doors for good at 1726 Kapiolani Boulevard on Saturday.

“We lost our lease after the building was sold at the end of last year,” bar owner Blane Nishizawa explained in a Facebook post announcing the closure. “Station was built with the intentions of providing a comfortable, ‘Cheers’-like atmosphere where musicians and performers could gather and showcase their talents.

“I hope at least some of you over the years have been able to enjoy it while it lasted. Thanks for all the support and love.”

Station opened for business in December 2011. Nishizawa also co-owns Osoyami Bar and Grill, 1820 Algaroba Street, and said while the closure of Station is “a big blow to me personally,” he’ll continue to do his part for the local music scene by continuing to offer an open mic night, acoustic performances and stand-up comedy at his other bar.

Help say goodbye to Station during two final shows on Friday and Saturday. Both feature free admission and are open to those 21-and-over. Friday’s show will start at 7 p.m. and feature performances by Jazzy, Half Step Down, Delta Fleet, Dustin and TF, Above Reproach, Third Space and Backwards Shaka.

Saturday’s The Very Last Show at Station Bar and Lounge will kick off at 6 p.m. with The Bitten, followed by performances featuring the Granite Saints, Statue Illusion, Wulfpak, Yokai Still, A Shot at Sundown, Beware the Bear, Ignite the Red, the Instigators and Shipwrecks.

Stand-up comedy fans should stop by on Thursday, when Aaron Pughes hosts the final Comedy Hospital open mic night. Sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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