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Iconic Capitol Hill Live Music Bar Comet Tavern Reportedly Changing Hands

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Inside the Comet Tavern in 2011 (photo courtesy The Comet Tavern Booking Facebook page)

Inside the Comet Tavern in 2011 (photo courtesy The Comet Tavern Booking Facebook page)

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(CBS Seattle) — The iconic Capitol Hill dive bar, The Comet Tavern, will reportedly stop hosting live music for the foreseeable future, according to the venue’s booking agent.

Michelle Smith, also known as Mamma Casserole, announced on her Facebook page that the current owner “secretly removed the sound system” during the bar’s temporary closure. Smith said, “It looks like we are kaput unless another owner decides to lease the place from the building owner and maintain it as the Comet Tavern.”

At the beginning of the month, the bar was shut down due to a “water bill/lease issue,” Smith published via Facebook. Smith added that the bar’s current owner was, “hoping to save it via a partnership.”

All bands who have upcoming shows scheduled to take place at the Comet Tavern will either be canceled or moved to another venue, according to Smith.

Capitol Hill bar and music venue the Highline has already scheduled a benefit show for the Comet Tavern employees who lost their jobs. The October 9th event’s proceeds will go straight to the former Comet Tavern workers, reports Capitol Hill Seattle Blog.

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