With news breaking yesterday that the Bug Jar has voluntarily closed until at least until Friday, Rochesterians have been rallying support for the local music venue. Here’s just a quick look at what people have been saying.
:( so many unfortunate things surround this. Hip hop should also get its time on the stage…and the more these things happen, the harder that becomes for artists. The Bug Jar is a freaking landmark on top of it all. I’d love to see some dialog started to bridge the gaps.
If by chance you have been living under a stone & not heard the news, there was a shooting recently at one of my favorite locations here in the Roc. The location, the Bug Jar, which has been one of the best music & art venues in this city for decades. Now, thanks to a single event, the city has the power to shut this location down. I’m not trying to downplay the tragedy that has happened, or the life that was lost. What I’m trying to point out is that simply close a location down due to a single tragic incident is as knee-jerk of a reaction as you can get. What do you get for punishing the masses and shutting down a business able to thrive during a less than grand time? You get people far removed from this scene feeling like they “have done something”. But, that doesn’t help nor nurture our delicate and always growing society. It takes great strength to perceiver, and the rewards are not just shown in business or the economy it helps, but upon the faces of those in its community that have taken part to ensure their mutual success. A true showing of the strength and character of this city would be to accept the events that have transpired, and to work on improving our communities so events like this don’t happen again.
I was just down at the Bug Jar and it was very calm. Talked to a few people who shared their story of the shooting, I don’t think this terrible circumstance is representative of the club, the clientele, or the neighborhood. This is an awful situation, and I hope that the family of the victim is receiving the support they need.