- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A popular music club in downtown Cedar Falls is closing its doors this year, though local musicians hope someone will take over the venue.

Marcus Kjeldsen, owner of The Hub Live Music Club, announced in an email that he’s closing the venue in May, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (http://bit.ly/1bivq7K ).

“I have made this decision in order to spend more time at home with my family,” he wrote.

Kjeldsen said scheduled performances will go on as planned and other bands are welcome to play the remaining open dates.

“I will try to cram as many shows as possible into the last few months in order to accommodate everyone who would like to play,” he added.

The Hub has hosted hundreds of local shows and touring performers since it opened in 2007. Area musicians say the club’s closing would diminish the live music scene, and they hope someone else will take over the venue.

“It’s unfortunate we’re going to lose Cedar Falls’ best large-format performance venue,” Ross Klemz, a drummer for the band Dylan Sires and Neighbors, told the newspaper.

Musicians said the venue provided a stage for new bands.

“(Kjeldsen) did a great job getting people to come out and listen to untested live music,” said John Thomson, a band member of Checker and the Bluetones. “It’s going to be sorely missed.”

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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