Dear friends of the Sidebar, we urgently need your help! As you may or may not be aware, the Sidebar is in trouble, financially, and we are running the risk of losing one of the oldest underground, all ages, DIY, music venues in the country and the only official small-cap, all ages venue in the city of Baltimore.
Due to unforeseen and unavoidable expenses and repairs, the bar has been slowly going deeper into debt. If the bar is sold, there is no guarantee that the new owners would have any interest in keeping it a live music venue. We want to aid Travis in keeping the much needed cornerstone of all of our local music communities by raising money to help him keep the business. All funds collected, minus service fees from this site, will go directly to the Sidebar.
Our immediate goal is to raise $10,000 to keep the bar open. If we can hit that goal and pass it, anything between $11,000- $20,000 allows for physical improvements to the interior and exterior of bar itself.
Sidebar opened in 1997 and became a music venue under the owner Richard Ashburn. The bar quickly became a local lawyer happy hour spot that magically got along with the punk and hardcore band crowd who came in later in the evenings. The bar was also featured in multiple seasons of The Wire, as Kavanaugh's. Travis purchased the bar in 2012 and continued the bar's tradition of creative events and inclusive crowds. Thousands of bands have performed over the bar's 20+ year history and the bar is now home to open mic comedy, drag shows, movie nights, trivia nights, game nights, etc... If you're from out of town, your band has probably played there. If you're local, you've probably been coming here more than half your life.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated by local and touring musicians and fans alike. Save the Sidebar, save a piece of Baltimore history.