CLEVELAND - You may have heard Rascal House and Peabody’s are shutting down at their current locations. It’s true, and part of Cleveland State University is making room for their new health sciences facility expected to be finished in 2016.
The facility will be called the Center for Innovation and Health Professions, meant to provide a location that will allow CSU students of different health professions the opportunity to learn and practice together in one location.
Joe Mosbrook, a spokesperson told NewsChannel5, "The health industry is one of the city's largest industries if not the biggest and certainly the most promising. So it's extremely important that Cleveland State University support that industry by providing the workforce of the future and this building will be providing the workforce of the future for Cleveland's healthcare industry."
Mosbrook said the University owned much of the property on East 22nd Street and Euclid Avenue and worked out a deal to purchase the rest. According to Mosbrook, CSU is hoping to break ground in November, which means both buildings for the Rascal House and Peabody’s will be razed. Rascal House is relocating up the block, but for Peabody’s, it’s the end of an era, a 31-year-run.
NewsChannel5 spoke with the venue’s General Manager on the closing, who is also a CSU graduate.
“It's a big mix bad, you know,“ said Larry Funderburk, “It's like, why does this have to happen, but it's to help the university further themselves, I understand that."
Still Funderburk admitted he is sad to see it go having first joined Peabody’s Concert Club about 12-years-ago.
“It was my way of making it through college, I used to live right next door to Viking Hall which is no longer there and it’s how I paid my bills and bought books. I was at Peabody’s at age 18,” said Funderburk.
Before its East 21 st Street and Euclid Avenue location, Peabody’s rocked the Flats as Peabody’s Down Under. The venue hosted bands like Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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“A lot of people have played here, George Clinton and the Funkadelic, Kid Rock has played Peabody's, Ice-T, it's been a part of, it's been a stepping stone for a lot of artists who are mainstream today,” Funderburk said.
Standing outside to purchase a Peabody’s T-shirt before the venue closes, Jonathan Dubaniewicz said, “I loved how small the venue was because it was a really intimate venue. There's other places like House of Blues and everything, like they're nice you know, but this place it's like small, cozy, it's like you're on stage with your favorite band.”
Looking inside you get to see what Dubaniewicz is talking about. You can even see who’s performed there, band members etching their names on a black-painted glass wall (with some other drawings as well). Peabody employees said the glass wall was started around the time they opened at the East 21 st Street location.
Dubaniewicz told NewsChannel5, “This place is really unique and it's great. It's small, it's grimy, it’s awesome.”
The last concert is scheduled to play at Peabody’s on Oct. 29. Until then, the venue is hosting different acts almost every day.
The concerts scheduled after Oct. 29 will play at the Agora Ballroom or Theatre, which General Manager Larry Funderburk said will be great for Agora’s business.
Right now, he said, there are no plans to revive the Peabody's name, but Funderburk added, “You never know.”
For more information on upcoming concerts, visit: www.peabodys.com .
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