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Santa Clara Concert Venue Avalon Set to Close June 30

In Clubs, Music

“What I like is it’s intimate,’ says Beard. “I mean, these artists come from backstage to the front by walking down the hallway. That’s one thing people really love. When you go to the Avalon, you are right there.’

He is presenting a few of the other last shows at the club, like DRI’s 30th anniversary show May 31, and Suicidal Tendencies on June 3. And he’ll never forget the opportunity he got at Avalon.

“I’m from the South Bay, but I could never get any venues around here to give me the time of day,” he says. “The Catalyst, the VooDoo Lounge, all these places. The Avalon was a no-brainer. It’s a beautiful place, great sound system, free parking, all ages, you couldn’t ask for a nicer place.”

“I love the venue,” agrees Gonzalez. “I just liked the shape and feel of it. It wasn’t a big square like the Fillmore. People could sit down if they want, they could dance if they want. I’m going to miss that place.”

He’ll miss Jafari, too, but hopefully not for long. “Mike is a great guy to work with,” he says. “He’ll resurrect somewhere.”

Indeed, that’s exactly where Jafari has turned his attention.

“I am working on a couple other properties,” he says. “Nothing is set.”

El Chicano, Salvador Santana, Showtyme perform at the ‘Last Days of Avalon’ show Friday, April 20 at the Avalon in Santa Clara; 8pm,$20-$25.

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