Downtown jazz & blues club Brass House to shutter

Julia Robinson for American-Statesman. Evgueniy "Gene" Todorov, left, and Jason White, right, dreamed of opening a bar from their Marine outpost in Afghanistan in 2012. They opened the Brass House, a jazz and blues club, in downtown Austin in February 2013, but are now at risking of losing it to rising costs.

Julia Robinson for American-Statesman. Evgueniy “Gene” Todorov, left, and Jason White, right, dreamed of opening a bar from their Marine outpost in Afghanistan in 2012. They opened the Brass House, a jazz and blues club, in downtown Austin in February 2013, but are now closing it down.

A little over a year after owners of Brass House raised money to help the jazz-focused restaurant and venue stay open, co-owner Jason White announced that it’s shutting down after all.

“Due to the rising tide of the downtown Austin rental market, lack of free parking, and unforeseen circumstances, Brass House will be closing its doors permanently,” he wrote on Brass House’s Facebook page last week.

It’ll close this weekend after being opened Friday and Saturday only, although the restaurant portion of the venue is already no longer in service.

White and his co-founder, Gene Todorov, opened their dream business in February 2013 as two Marine veterans who often relied on music to stay sane during multiple deployments to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. The American-Statesman’s Nancy Flores profiled them in November of that year, writing about how Brass House helped them to readjust to civilian life.

“On a recent Thursday night,” she wrote, “Brass House buzzed with an eclectic mix of patrons: professionals in suits, young hipsters, women sipping wine. The elegant wallpaper, vintage-inspired chandeliers and plush booths couldn’t be farther from the dusty terrain of southern Afghanistan. Blues-funk-soul outfit Mojo House grooved on stage.”

Bid the bar adieu by listening to Brass House’s final acts. Candy DeClue and Christian Wiggs & V15 Quartet perform on Friday, while Karen Tennison Trio and All U Need take the stage for the last time Saturday.

“Please come out and support the Austin live music scene and staff as we say good-bye,” White said on Facebook. “Thank you for all your love and support these past four years.”

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