Hours following Bob Giusti's tribute to Providence's iconic music venue Firehouse 13 posted to 990WBOB, its owner, Nicolas Bauta weighed in on Facebook to offer his own sentiments, and to note that while the converted firehouse on the West End is shifting its focus from live music, it is not closing its doors quite yet.
See Bauta's statement below
"I purchased Firehouse 13 in 2000 after it had been largely abandoned for over 50 years. A lot of hard work and love went in to reviving the neglected building. The name Firehouse 13 was the building’s original name that will never change. After opening the venue for live music in 2005, I am proud to say that we have hosted over several thousand shows over the past 12 years.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank John and Windsong for all of their work over the years in keeping the spirit and goodwill of Firehouse 13 alive, and for cultivating a music scene that offered a stage for local, regional and national artists and musicians to perform their craft in front of such a welcoming community. I wish them the best of luck in their endeavors.
In regards to the future of Firehouse 13, I can say with confidence that we will not be closing our doors. Since opening, Firehouse 13 has served not only as a concert venue, but also as a residence for some of our city’s most talented artists and musicians. Moving forward, I am hoping to revive the residential component of Firehouse 13, though this time I am looking forward to hosting traveling artists, musicians, and groups on a daily/weekly basis as they visit our beautiful city. I am currently working with several organizations within Providence to provide temporary room and board as needed for performers, bands and artists as they travel through our city for work, performances or leisure. The first floor of Firehouse 13 will be undergoing some changes in regards to layout and programming, but we are not closing our doors to the public any time soon. I will always maintain my commitment to the arts and I am looking forward to sharing some of the other beautiful aspects of this historic building with even more communities in the coming months.
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