After 40 years, Artichoke Music (3130 SE Hawthorne) will close its doors on May 29.

From the press release:

You have all followed the struggles we have had for the last year or so. The time has come for us to close Artichoke Music, as we know it, and to regroup or redesign the model. Thanks to Kate and Steve, we have been blessed with an incredible place to come together as a community. Unfortunately, this space is not sustainable from a financial, physical or emotional perspective. We will close the doors on Saturday, May 29, 2010.

This has been one of the most wonderful experiences of our lifetime, filled with wonderful memories. We have had such a great time making music with all of you. As we close these doors, new ones are opening. Please don't be sad. We aren't. Artichoke is alive and well and will be resurfacing in another form. Stay tuned. Come see us. We would love to see each and every one of you over the next month or so.