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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fire Engulfs 'Haunted' Music Venue Brookdale Inn

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 8:20 AM

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For many years, the Brookdale Inn has played host to music acts ranging from Dick Dale to Om. The legendary "haunted" old hotel in the Santa Cruz mountains has been used as a venue most recently for artists working with (((FolkYeah!))), which books everything from metal to folk to indie in the lodge's colorful, cozy environment. Last night, parts of the hotel caught fire, dislocating 60 people and concerning fans of the kitschy, old school venue.

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel's report, it sounds like the main hotel room and the restaurant were spared in the blaze, which appears to have started in an unoccupied room (see, that place is haunted) and spread to back lodging areas. No word yet on how this will affect upcoming shows at the Inn, where SunnO))) played just a few weekends back.

For what it's worth, the last time I was at the Brookdale, I swear we heard strange scratching noises coming from the ceiling, and no one was staying above us that night...

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