North County Music Venue Shutters

The Brick 15 cafe and live performance venue, which provided music fans in the tiny city of Del Mar with a live-music option besides the fair and track, announced this week that the venue was closing its doors.

"We are sad to announce that Brick 15 is, effective immediately, closed and going out of business," owners Liam and Laura Murphy announced via the venue's newsletter. "While we continued to believe in our vision and are extremely grateful to the many kind folks who shared our dreams, there are not enough of us. Business growth was good, but it was not fast enough to attract or secure the financing we needed, and we are now unable to continue. When the last of our possible investors backed out, we were forced to face the reality that we had reached the end of our run."

The Murphys, who described the club as an "acoustic music listening room dedicated to coffee, tea and providing a venue for performing artists with original material," operated a live-music venue near Boston before transplanting to the West Coast. Brick 15 opened last July and in those nine months managed to book artists like Throwing Muses' frontwoman Kristin Hersh; Jack Tempchin, the locally based songwriter who wrote the Eagles' hit "Peaceful Easy Feeling"; and dozens of others.

In the announcment, fans holding tickets for upcoming shows were told, "We intend to do our best to issue ticket refunds and pro-rated membership refunds as part of our liquidation process."

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