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Columbus Music Hall to shut doors soon

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The Dispatch wrote Columbus Music Hall to shut doors soon as owner plans retirement

Saturday, April 5, 2008

BY AARON BECK

Central Ohio will lose a much-loved concert venue — a “music-first” outlet for 20 years — when the Columbus Music Hall closes at month’s end. “I’m ready to move on,” owner Becky Ogden said. “I’m ready to retire.”

The operator of the hall since she opened it with husband John in 1988, she is trying to sell the 6,000-square-foot building at 734 Oak St.

A deal is in the works to convert the location to a restaurant, she said, declining to identify the potential buyer. “I think a restaurant will be cool for the neighborhood.”

In addition to weddings, receptions, arts programs for children and dance performances, the hall has hosted internationally renowned acts in the genres of folk, jazz, pop and bluegrass as well as traditional African, Indian, Latin and other types of “world music.”

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