Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Next Friday marks the last New Year’s Eve at the current location of St. Petersburg listening room and songwriter haven Hideaway Cafe, and the venue is getting some of the area’s best performers together to celebrate before owner John Kelley really gets going on his search for a new home for the venue.
Kelly had spent well over a year in COVID hell, trying everything he could dream up to generate enough revenue to pay his bills and feed his family. During the first few months of the pandemic, when the Hideaway and similar businesses were shut down, he barely registered any revenue at all. Not surprisingly, Kelly fell behind on rent, as many live-music clubs did. He’d catch up, only to come up short again. It’s tough to make rent when your revenue is either nonexistent or a fraction of what it once was.
And yet: the Hideaway is still open, offering live music—singer-songwriters; blues, R&B and rock acts, and more—four to five nights a week. The living room-style venue’s days are numbered, but just how many are left is still an open question.
On the bill for New Year’s Eve are singer-songwriters Kirk Adams, Rebekah Pulley, Kelly himself, and Ed Woltil.
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