Ok.J. Farrell’s of Bellmore, which presents stay music seven nights every week, is in jeopardy of closing and has launched a Go Fund Me web page to boost capital.
“This isn’t one thing I needed to do. However, I used to be talked into it by my employees,” says proprietor Kevin Sheehan of Wantagh. “We cracked the doorways open for to-go service on Wednesday. Nonetheless, ringing $400 doesn’t even pay my staff. My hire is $11,000 a month.”
The almost four,000-square-foot venue, which holds 200 folks, posted the Go Fund Me web page on Tuesday in an effort to boost $50,000 after being darkish since mid-March.
“My landlords are being affected person however they need their hire,” says Sheehan, who additionally owns The Native Tavern in Levittown, Prohibition in Massapequa Park and The Warehouse in Amityville. “A whole lot of musicians are sharing the Go Fund Me web page and saying good phrases. I’ve a knot in my throat each time I have a look at it.”
Kenny Forgione of canopy band Wonderous Tales is conducting a digital live performance on Fb (facebook.com/Wonderous-Stories-361200639950/) referred to as “Assist Save Ok.J. Farrell’s” on Monday at 9 p.m. to boost funds and present help.
“Bands want locations to play and it is a very important stay music venue,” says Forgione, who will carry out a set record of traditional rock songs and take requests. “Farrell’s gave a whole lot of stage time to native musicians each week. There’s not many locations like that anymore.”
The venue normally hosts open jams on Sunday and Monday adopted by three to 4 unique bands on Tuesday. Wednesday evening Wonderous Tales performs whereas Thursday presents tribute bands and stay band karaoke. Each Friday and Saturday nights characteristic two bands every day.
“We combine it up from traditional rock tribute bands to prime 40. Any evening you stroll in there’s one thing totally different occurring,” says Sheehan. “Farrell’s is a working machine. It’s so uncomfortable to not have folks strolling by the door each week.”
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