The rumours had been swirling for some time, but on May 3rd the official announcement we were all dreading was finally made – Zaphod Beeblebrox was going to be closing its doors as of May 14th. Zaphod’s is a club any music lover in Ottawa in the last 26 years is well aware of as they have played host to thousands of bands, many in the infancy of their careers and some with international notoriety like The Rolling Stones (see the video here).
Checking the schedule after the announcement, it was quickly noticed that The Honest Heart Collective would be hosting the venue’s final concert. Having just seen them at Canadian Music Week, I knew how great they are, so combining that with an opportunity for a final hurrah for Zaphod’s and the evening of music was a no-brainer.
I arrived in time to catch Texas King of London, ON. The band wasted no time getting the party started with their stage savvy. Hamilton’s New Love maintained the party atmosphere, as members of Texas King and the Honest Heart Collective were seen enjoying the show from the crowd.
The Honest Heart Collective ended the night, toasting Zaphod’s before tearing into their set. The band was fantastic and left nothing on the table, as they poured their souls into their performance. Members of New Love and Texas King would eventually join them on Zaphod’s small stage for a raucous rendition of a couple of covers of The Killers. Thank you to the bands who made Zaphod’s final concert a memorable one!
You still have time to say your own adieu to Zaphod’s. They are open until May 14th, don’t delay!
Though unfortunately, we arrived too late to see them, Sounds of Stories opened the night.
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