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The Stork Club in Oakland Has Closed Down

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The Hormones, an all-female Ramones cover band, performing at The Stork Club. Photo by Amy Gahran

Coronavirus has struck again and this time the casualty is the 102 year old Stork Club in Oakland. The storied venue has hosted just about every imaginable type of performance over the past century, so this is a big blow to the Oakland creative scene.

The news broke yesterday when the club posted on its FB page “well folks…that’s IT…end of an era & another nail in the coffin of Rock ‘n Roll”. It accompanied photos of the bar being packed up and closed down.

Eater reported that the club shut down because rent had gotten too expensive considering they weren’t bringing in any revenue due to COVID.

This may not be the end for the Stork Club though. Darwin Bond Graham reported that they are looking to reopen the venue in another location, sometime in the future. Let’s hope it happens.

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