Magic City To Repair Truss

The Magic City Music Hall in Johnson City, N.Y., had to postpone all its concerts through September because of a broken roof truss.

Rescheduled performances at the 1,350-capacity venue include Chippendales (now February 11th) and Blue Öyster Cult (December 2nd). The Ska Is Dead 3 tour, which was scheduled for September 21st, was moved to The Haunt in Ithaca, N.Y.

Officials at the venue discovered damage following several gigs that included REO Speedwagon, Rusted Root, Billy Idol, and Hootie & The Blowfish.

“There was a drop ceiling in the place and when the bands were playing, some of the panels would flop,” Magic City’s Stu Green told Pollstar.

After removing the drop ceiling from the stage area, officials discovered that one of the main beams was split.

“Thank God we found that because it could’ve been another Rhode Island in the winter time,” he said, referring to The Station nightclub tragedy that claimed 100 lives. “We’re waiting right now on structural engineers to do the drawings and weights and everything else.”

Green, who co-owns and books the club, expected construction to begin in mid-September. He’s hoping to have everything up-and-running by mid-October.

“It’s going to be better than it was originally because when it was built, those were wood trusses,” he said. “I believe they’re going to put steel in there.”

Mitchell Peters