Voyeur has closed its doors. The Downtown EDM club held its final show—with headliners Crizzly and Figure—on Nov. 17. As of yet, the venue has not made an official announcement about its future, and management didn't return CityBeat's phone calls or emails by press time. LED Presents—a booking company owned by former Voyeur co-owner and current Bang Bang co-owner Johnny Shockey—had shows booked at the venue through the end of the year, which will now be rescheduled at other local clubs.
Shockey, who sold his share in Voyeur to majority owner Charles Davenport back in July, said the announcement of the club's closure came as a surprise.
"We went our separate ways four months ago, but [LED was] still doing shows," Shockey said. Davenport "informed me last week that it was closing."
In addition to finding new venues for the remaining shows that were to take place at Voyeur in 2013, Shockey says that LED is expanding, recently inking a partnership with Goldenvoice to start booking shows outside of San Diego.
"Now we're doing shows, not just in San Diego, but in San Francisco and Los Angeles," Shockey says. "We have a lot of shows coming up, and, personally, it was overwhelming" to continue with Voyeur.
Shockey has some big plans for the future, but he says he'll look back fondly on his experience at the venue.
"My goal has always been to do a major festival and some arena shows," Shockey says. "But Voyeur will always hold a special place for me."
Singer-songwriter Normandie Wilson has joined a new band called Blue Velvet, which she describes as a "cabaret act." The band plays covers of songs by ABBA and The Carpenters, among others, as well as originals written by Wilson and pianist Kevin Cavanaugh. And though she didn't set out to be as invested in the band, Wilson says that meeting Cavanaugh made her more enthusiastic about the project.
"I auditioned for this band on craigslist, and I wasn't planning on it being as cool as it is," she tells CityBeat. "It turned into a massive musical geek-out."
Blue Velvet plays at The Caliph in Hillcrest on Wednesday, Nov. 20.