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Midtown live music club Witch Room to shut down

A midtown hub for independent music will soon go silent.

According to a press release, midtown’s Witch Room will close by the end of December following a 10-month run. The venue near 19th and R streets was formerly home to Bows & Arrows, a clothing boutique, performance spot and art gallery that closed in January.

Witch Room booked a wide spectrum of local and touring acts, including hip-hop, indie-rock, electronic music and singer-songwriters. The space also hosted comedy, dance parties and film screenings. But ultimately, the venue didn’t generate enough money for its owners.

“The simple fact is that we were not able to sustain enough revenue to cover our expenses and provide compensation to the founders that was sufficient to justify our efforts,” said Olivia Coelho, co-founder of Witch Room, in a statement.

The pending closure of Witch Room caps a tumultuous year for Sacramento live music venues. Marilyn’s On K hosted its final show on Nov. 1 after 15 years of booking bands on the K Street Mall. The management team behind Assembly Music Hall, another K Street music venue, recently pulled out of the club’s operations. Luigi’s Fun Garden at 20th and J streets closed in May and re-opened as Pizzeria Urbano, dropping the live music programming of the previous occupant.

In the release, the Witch Room owners said they plan to remain a part of Sacramento’s arts-and-culture scene.

“We will all step back now, overcome our sadness that our fondest hopes have not been realized, and assess what we have learned from this effort,” Coelho said. “We all expect to maintain our intense interest in the cultural life of this city that we love, and hope to contribute to it in the future.”

Call The Bee’s Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.