Sunday, June 5, 2016
The Masquerade has been an Atlanta icon in the music scene for decades. Personally I have seen numerous shows on the multiple stages that make up Heaven, Hell and Purgatory as well as the outdoor music park attached to the outside of the property.
I have been to raves. I have seen Ween, The Geeks, Ume, Helmet, even Vanilla Ice and so many more musicians rock those four stages. I have been to foam party dance nights. I have stayed up way too late and partied way too hard. All within the confines of the historic mill building turned music venue off of North Ave.
But times are changing. With the introduction of Ponce City Market and Fourth Ward Park and the influx of apartment buildings surrounding the neighborhood, The Masquerade takes up valuable real estate. There have been rumors and innuendos for the past two years about what was to happen to the historic landmark. It was announced a while ago that the land had been sold and that the venue will be turned into another multi use project to rival PCM. But over the last week, innuendo and rumor became fact as the demo of the music park finally started. The building itself, that once held titans like Nirvana, Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and the Dave Matthews Band, is protected and will be still standing as part of the new facade. The music venue promises that it’s not going anywhere and shows are still scheduled through August but what that means exactly is up in the air to the masses.