Now, 20 years after the fact and hundreds of concerts and sporting events later, the Beaumont is no more. The club closed quietly after a battle of the bands Sunday night.
“That’s terrible,” says Hobbs fashion buyer Shauna Swanson. “I love that place.”
It’s web site still shows four concerts slated to appear this year – including The Darkness on January 30th – however the “Take Action Tour” featuring The Used on January 16th has been moved to the Granada in Lawrence.
Over the years the Beaumont featured some of the top artists and shows in Kansas City with acts ranging from Jane’s Addiction and Big and Rich to Katy Perry and Panic at the Disco.
That despite criticism about its questionable sight lines and acoustics that resulted in the Beaumont being cited as one of the city’s worst venues to see a concert in by Star music critic Tim Finn.
However, a new ownership group put in a new stage and sound system five years ago remedying most of the complaints.
In recent years the club has reportedly been in a financial tailspin, especially after an ownership defection and intense competition from outdoor venues such as the Power & Light District lead to its dropping the nightclub portion of the biz and trying to make it as a concert hall only.