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Vincent’s Ear has a Facebook fan page that everyone should join, if not because you are from Asheville, NC then in sheer tribute to the cafe/bar in downtown Asheville that catered to the local music groups and created a home for the cultivation of new art, music and talent.  It was forced to close in 2004 when its lease was not renewed.  Here is what Wikipedia says about this legendary landmark:

The dream of owners Rick Morris, Joan Morris and Kristen Chambers, Vincent’s Ear opened its doors in summer of 1993. The cafe catered to a late night, downtown-dwelling crowd, which was virtually non-existent in the area at that time.  The cafe and bar also featured live music.

Vincent’s Ear was originally intended to serve as a jazz venue, but a loyal crowd of rockers and avant garde musicians soon made Vincent’s Ear their home. Likewise, the walls of Vincent’s Ear served as a defacto gallery for many local and regional artists who had trouble finding venues for edgier work in the crafts-oriented region of Western North Carolina.

The thriving cafe was closed amid much local controversy in December 2004, when its lease was not renewed by landlord Dawn Lantzius. Many in the local media questioned whether Vincent’s Ear was the most visible case of gentrification in the downtown Asheville business community.

Join the Facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Asheville-NC/Vincents-Ear/112689720821