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Popular Vermont punk music venue is closing its doors

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/7/2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A popular Vermont punk music venue, established with the help of the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, is closing after 32 years.

Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/2g8SjIB ) 21 bands played at Saturday's final show at 242 Main in Burlington.

The city of Burlington, which owns the building, is closing it down due to structural problems.

The venue called itself the country's oldest, all-ages punk club and prided itself on being a substance-free space for teenagers and others to gather.

Jane Sanders helped set up the venue in the 1980s as director of the Mayor's Youth Office. Bernie Sanders was mayor at the time.

Burlington plans to start a series at different venues around the city called 242 Main Presents. It's aimed at giving young performers an outlet for their work.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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