Vaudeville Mews Closes Due To Pandemic Toll

Vaudeville Mews welcomed musicians from Greater Des Moines and beyond in its 18 years of business.

We were sad to learn that one of Greater Des Moines’ local music staples has closed for good. Vaudeville Mews, located in the Court Avenue district, announced over the weekend it would not reopen due to the economic effects of the pandemic.

The venue, which opened in 2002, wrote a tribute on Facebook, saying “many have indelible memories of simpler times. The public responded going to big or small events, moving the creative landscape forward. Some will say that the Mews passed too soon. Others say that the acts and the staff inspired generations to come.”

Before the pandemic, Vaudeville Mews welcomed artists from all over the Midwest and provided a venue for aspiring local musicians. It was known for hosting independent and edgy acts.

The venue closed in mid-March, but even after Gov. Kim Reynolds allowed bars and restaurants to reopen in June, it remained shuttered because it couldn’t implement social distancing in a way that made financial sense, managing partner Amedo Rossi told the Des Moines Register.

Thanks for the memories, Vaudeville.
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