A downtown venue that focused on diverse live entertainment will cease operation after only being open a year.

Facebook - Birdseye Lounge
Facebook - Birdseye Lounge

Portsmouth's latest entertainment spot will close down in September after only opening its doors last year.

Birdseye Lounge, located at 41 Vaughan Mall, announced the closure on their Facebook page on Monday:

Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all had a great weekend! We have some unfortunate news to give you today. Following our show scheduled for Sept. 8th we will be closing our doors. It has been a short run but we've had some great fun! As you can all imagine, this is not an easy decision but one that we have made given a number of considerations.

The owners are looking for interested parties to come to the space and maintain its role as a music venue in the city. Birdseye Lounge also hosted comedy and spoken word performers.

The 200-plus seat music and entertainment venue will continue with its scheduled events until it is officially closed after a performance by Mayer Kirby Mayer on September 8. Click here for a full list of events.

Although Birdseye Lounge had a short run, the owners want to continue seeing the area's arts scene continue to grow. They encouraged their Facebook fans to continue supporting talented artists.

We want to thank all of you who have supported this idea and our efforts from the beginning. There are far too many to thank, but you know who you are. Our goal has always been to help bring more music and culture to our great city. Moving forward we must continue to support all those venues and artists who bring such incredible performances to our community, or else these spaces and these artists will go away. Let’s not let that happen!

Ironically, the venue was named after a musical notation called a "birdseye," which lets a performer know that a note can be "prolonged, paused or sustained for a longer time than the indicted time value." Let's hope this vision is held and carried over to the next owner.

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