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"We didn't see it coming together, as much as we tried," says owner Jimmy Nash, who was one of Blem's biggest supporters. "We weren't getting the right reviews or the right people coming in. We'll put a stop to it for two or three months and see what we can do then."
In the meantime, Sullivan's will continue to feature cover bands on Friday and Saturday nights. But there will be no more wild and crazy singer-songwriters or freaky-deaky alt-rockers, thank you very much.
Ever the professional, Blem immediately went in search of a new venue for her stable of original acts. Turns out the long-standing local music supporters at Cheers (941 Cypress Creek Rd.) in Fort Lauderdale were thrilled to get her on board. "I'm excited about the move over here, with Judy," owner Paul Lorenzo says. "I think it's gonna work a lot better here, with the stage and the lights. I've been doing rock 'n' roll for 35 years in Fort Lauderdale, 18 here at Cheers."
Seems Lorenzo's dedication matches Blem's. With an advertising budget, a room tailored for live music, and patrons who expect good tunes along with their good booze, Cheers is a much more conducive atmosphere for Blem's bands. Starting June 2, she'll bring her Original Music Thursdays to the place once a month under a new, as-yet-undetermined moniker.
Less frequent shows typically mean more promotion and higher quality. Nothing Pete Tong about that.