King Dusko, art and music venue on upper King Street, closes next month

Upper King Street is losing King Dusko, an art and music venue, next month (Leroy Burnell/staff/file).

King Dusko, one of the last nightclubs on upper King Street that centers on local art and music, is closing at the end of August after less than three years on the stretch of high-end restaurants and bars.

The club, which operates as a coffee shop by day and beer-and-wine joint by night, has to leave the space because its lease has expired, and the property owners of 541 King St. have found a new tenant, according to McKenzie Eddy, co-owner of the club. She said she wasn’t told who the next tenant would be.

King Dusko has hosted many experimental art shows, open-mic nights and intellectual forums since it opened in late 2012.

Alicia Modoor, who has worked at the bar for more than two years, said she’ll be sad to see the cultural hub leave upper King Street.

“It’s one of the only places that welcomes any kind of artist, and it was just such a very open, creative space. Anybody could play music there, do art there. And there were all sorts of events there over the past three years that weren’t and couldn’t be done anywhere else,” she said.

Eddy, however, said she isn’t sad to leave King Dusko behind.

“It was a beautiful beginning and a stepping stone for me, and it was an amazing way to get introduced to this art and music community and intellectuals,” she said. “Now I’m going to take everything I’ve learned and get to collaborate with all these creative people I have met.”

She said she’s working on a plan to open another venue, though she’s not sure when or where.

“I would have liked to stay in that location, but ... there’s a ton of potential for spaces like this everywhere,” she said.

The club will celebrate its years on King Street with a special farewell event, Last Dance with Dusko, on Aug. 22, when nine local bands will perform throughout the evening. Many of them, such as Great Yankee and She Returns From War, found their footing in the local music circuit at King Dusko.

Also, muralist Crosby Jack, who painted dozens of murals on the large wall facing the backyard of the bar, will install one last mural before it closes during the event.

Further details will be announced over the next few weeks on the bar’s Facebook page.

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