It’s been one hell of a year, and though we’re deeply disheartened, we’re definitely not surprised.
Route 196 — a beloved home for homegrown bands and music lovers for almost 15 years — officially closed their doors to the public back in August 23, 2020, for reasons likely due to the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this iconic pub greatly influenced and shaped the OPM scene as we know it, and it refuses to die off in silence.
Earlier today, the pub’s management announced through their Facebook page that they will be holding one last gig on a Saturday, 12th of September, 2020. And in true “new normal” fashion, their last hurrah will be held online, with the once wild and booze-fueled gig goers simply left to enjoy the live performances through their screens. Other details, such as the time and the line-up, are yet to be revealed.
We miss the sentimental feels and exhilarating mosh pits at our local hangouts, and we simply can’t wait for them to reopen — but for now, the best we can do is make sure that the spirit of Route 196 lives on, and hope that all will be better soon.