During the early 1990s, the original Crazy Horse at 1519 W. Main St. in Boise achieved iconic status by hosting bands ranging from Green Day and Melvins to Train and Warlock Pinchers.
It rose from the grave and reopened in September of 2014. But less than a year later, the Crazy Horse has shuttered again.
Yesterday, the bar posted on Facebook that “tonight is the last party at Crazy Horse! Come on down and help us get rid of this booze!”
The reason? “Landlord has evicted us.”
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It pains me a little to say it, but this doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Management stopped submitting music listings to the Idaho Statesman months ago. And that room has struggled for years, taking on names such as JD’s & Friends, Terrapin Station and the Red Room.
Reviving it in all its grunge-era glory as the Crazy Horse seemed like a long shot for sustained success. That said, there were still some excellent touring bands performing there. I saw Sons of Bill just last month.
Will someone else be gutsy and crazy enough to step up to the plate and try to reopen that building as a music space again?
In other news, another music venue that has struggled for years, The Bouquet, recently closed again down the street at 1010 Main St.
I’ve heard that the building has been sold and that a restaurant component might be in its future — which I think would be smart — but I haven’t confirmed either of these statements as fact, so take it all with a grain of salt (and lime) for now.